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Heer has a strong background in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors, particularly in rural and corporate finance where he has worked with rural business owners, investors and farmers in a number of senior roles.
He currently holds the position of general manager rural at ASB and is an independent director at Arboline Products.
Heer says he is delighted to join the Network and greatly admires its work to support and inspire New Zealand women to succeed in the business of dairying
"I've dedicated my own working career to the rural sector and look forward to this opportunity to contribute to the work of this vibrant organisation," Heer says.
"There is no question the Dairy Women's Network has an important role to play in acknowledging and reinforcing the key role women play in the success of the dairy industry.
"The industry as a whole is a great role model for others, in demonstrating true equity between the male and female partners in the business."
Heer says he believes the Dairy Women's Network has achieved a great deal for the farming industry, particularly in developing the financial literacy of women in dairying to maximise the farm's potential.
"Dairy Women's Network's ambition to create global leaders in dairy is also inspiring. Achieving those goals will go a long way toward benefitting our dairy industry and the New Zealand economy," he says.
Dairy Women's Network chair Justine Kidd said Heer has had an association with the network for more than three years and demonstrates a real affinity and passion for our membership and goals. As such, the trust board is excited about the contribution he will make.
"Mark has an enormous empathy for our work and our members. He has a very creative and insightful way of thinking and this combined with his extensive agribusiness and corporate experience will add huge value for our members."
Kidd says the Dairy Women's Network is strengthening and growing its board and will announce additional appointments in coming months.
Other Dairy Women's Network trustees include: Justine Kidd (Chair), Cathy Brown, Chris Stevens, Alison Gibb, Donna Smit and Pamela Story.
Heer replaces outgoing trustee, Hilary Webber.