GFF Board Members
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Stuart Ellingham


Stuart is currently Managing Director of Horizon Farming Limited - a sheep, beef, and deer farming business in Hawkes Bay employing 30 people on 9 properties over 11,400 hectares. He has had governance experience in Maori Incorporations, private companies, and schools and has completed the Institute of Directors course.

He currently resides near Waipukurau on his own 240-hectare property and is married with three children. He has got involved with GFF as he has a passion for seeing and helping people develop in the industry but was frustrated with the current quality of training available.

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Director, Sheep & Beef Farmer, Gisborne

Tam (with husband Dan) are owners of Mangapoike Ltd; a 23,000 su Sheep & Beef farming business 50km SW of Gisborne.

In 2016 Tam and Dan were awarded B+L Sheep Industry Trainer of the Year and have piloted the GFF Essential Farm Skills Programme at Mangapoike since 2017.

Tam has been involved in education for many years. Due to geographical isolation her children studied correspondence for four years.. Tam then Chaired the local school, Te Kura O’Manutuke for 9 years and went on to Chair Wanganui Collegiate School for 9 years moving Collegiate from independence to state integrated status.

Tam is a current member of the Rabobank Client Council. Tam holds an executive role on the GFF board.


Director, Sheep & Beef Farmer, North Otago.

Our family own and farm a high country sheep and beef property in Omarama. As an employer and mother of two children, both interested in farming, I have long felt that there is not enough training for young people in agriculture.

This is why I have become involved in GFF. Now is a great time to be getting involved in farming and GFF helps provide those essential skills needed along with NZQA qualifications.

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Jo Johnstone

HR, environmental & Health & Safety, King Country

Jo grew up on a family sheep & beef farm at Birdling’s Flat, Banks Peninsula. On finishing school, she trained and worked as a Radiation Therapist in NZ, Australia, and the UK.

On returning to New Zealand she married a sheep & beef farmer from Te Kuiti, King Country and have two children currently studying at university. Jo enjoys being involved in the family farming business and took over the HR, environmental and Health & Safety responsibilities.

Jo is passionate about growing young people in the food and fibre sector and was frustrated by the lack of quality applicants in the sheep & beef industry. She was excited about the opportunity to make a real difference with the GFF employer led initiative. GFF offers clear and accessible pathways for young people as well as a relevant and quality tertiary education. Jo believes the real point of difference is the opportunity to offer pastoral care and support to both the student and farmer trainer.