Tunley, managing director of Energie Fruit, succeeds Ian Palmer, who stepped down after 10 years. The Energie Produce website says Tunley is experienced in financial management, foreign exchange and shipping/logistics. Before the pipfruit industry she worked in finance and management in other companies.
She is one of a new board elected on August 8 at the Pipfruit NZ annual meeting in Nelson. Other board members are Stephen Anderson, Hawke’s Bay; Peter Beaven, independent grower representative, Hawke’s Bay; Andrew Common, Hawke’s Bay; Stephen Darling, independent grower representative, Central Otago; Michael (Snow) Hardy, Turners and Growers, Auckland; and Andrew van Workum, Hawke’s Bay. Beaven is a former chief executive of Pipfruit NZ.
Chief executive Alan Pollard says the new board has a great mix of representation, skills and experience. “I am looking forward to working with them as we address the many challenges facing the industry and as we focus on our ultimate goal of achieving acceptable sustainable returns for our growers".
Pollard thanked Palmer for his services. "Those present at the annual general meeting thanked Ian for his outstanding contribution to the industry as chair for the past decade, leading the industry during significant change.”