Jane B Smith describes herself as a farmer, rural advocate, entrepreneur, and mother of three. Some days in the Smith household Jane plays the roles of head school lunch maker at 7am, Farm CEO at 9am, then demoted to gate-opener by 2pm and then back to being Chair of the Board by 7pm…. No day is the same!

Jane and her family are sheep and beef farmers 600 metres above sea level in the hills of the Kakanui Mountain Range in Otago, New Zealand. Running the Newhaven Perendale sheep stud and the Fossil Creek Angusbeef stud, Jane also enjoys challenging herself further by taking up a few agricultural governance roles. She is an independent director of New Zealand’s Red Meat Profit Board and of The Veterinary Council of New Zealand, as well as a member of the Global Farm Roundtable. Managing to find time between chasing sheep, cows and 3 young children is a balancing act that Jane relishes.

"Farming is the most challenging, rewarding and important career in the world and I am honoured to play a vital role in producing the world’s food while enhancing the resources that we are guardians of and having a great time, in an amazing rural community!"

Jane, you are an absolute go getter and we love your 'can do' attitude! You are so involved within agriculture and are clearly making such a difference to all the groups you are part of.