Mark Benseman - Chairperson
Mr Benseman was appointed a Director of Allied Farmers Limited in October 2015. He is an experienced manager and financial analyst, with over 25 years’ experience in the investment industry. Mark is currently the Principal of Fraters Group in New Zealand and in the past had a role as a senior analyst with ABN AMRO New Zealand, was director and Head of Research with Citigroup Smith Barney in New Zealand, and similarly with Merrill Lynch (NZ). Mr Benseman is not an independent director due to the fact that an Associated Person is an Allied Farmers Substantial Product Holder. He has the following qualifications: BA (Hons in Economics).


Philip Luscombe 
Mr Luscombe was appointed a Director of Allied Farmers Limited in December 2005. He is an experienced farmer with interests in dairy farms in Taranaki and Otago, and in farm forestry. He is a Director of PKW Farms Limited, as well as a number of private companies. He is a trustee of The Massey-Lincoln and Agricultural Industry Trust and a former trustee of the Massey University Agricultural Research Foundation. He is a former director of Kiwi Cooperative Dairies Limited, Kiwi Milk Products Limited, Dairy InSight and industry research company Dexcel. Mr Luscombe is as an independent director. He has the following qualification: BAgSci(Hons).


Andrew McDouall 
Mr McDouall was appointed a Director of Allied Farmers Limited in October 1999. He is Managing Director of investment banking group MSL Capital Markets, and a director of a number of private companies. Mr McDouall is an independent director. He has the following qualifications: BCA, DipNZSE.


Marise James 
Ms James was appointed a Director of Allied Farmers Limited in October  2018. She is a chartered accountant and partner at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway in Taranaki, where she services agri sector and professional services clients. She was a founding director of Fonterra Co-operative Group, and directorships of FMG Insurance Limited, Landcorp Farming Limited and TSB Bank. She has chaired the Audit Committees of FMG and Landcorp. Her current governance roles include Chair of Firstlight Wagyu NZ Limited, and directorships of EIDNZ Limited and the Taranaki Rugby Football Union. Ms James is an independent director. She has the following qualifications: Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand; Fellow, Institute of Directors New Zealand (Accredited); and F.C.A (Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand).


Richard Perry 
Mr Perry was appointed a director of Allied Farmers Limited in June 2019. He has a strong knowledge and experience of the agribusiness, finance and technology sectors. He has previously held senior finance and executive roles at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Landcorp Farming Ltd and Callaghan Innovation and has been a Technical Advisor to the International Monetary Fund. He is currently a member of the External Reporting Advisory Board and Director of Business Applications for Rocket Lab. As an experienced company director he has acted for several company boards across the agri-tech, property and food and beverage sectors including start-ups, mergers and established companies. Mr Perry is an independent director. He has the following qualifications: B Com (Hons), F.C.A (Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand) and CTP (Certified Treasury Professional). 

Executive team
Steve Morrison - Chief Executive, Allied Farmers Rural
Mr Morrison was appointed Chief Executive for Allied Farmers Rural in June 2011. Mr Morrison has held various management roles in the New Zealand dairy industry over the past 20 years and was responsible for a significant portion of Fonterra's manufacturing operations for a number of years as Regional General Manager. Most recently he has held the role of Manufacturing Value Add Manager for New Zealand operations for Fonterra. Mr Morrison developed Tairoa Lodge near Hawera (which won the 2010 Westpac Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Tourism & Hospitality Award) and owns a sheep and beef property near Stratford. He has the following qualifications: B.Ch.E(Hons), DCMM, DipBusStud.