Governance Bio
Sally Lee
Appoint Professional

Sally Lee

8 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Incorporated Entity
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Sport & Physical Recreation Orgs


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
Committee Member
“I have 18 years experience within the agri-business sector. I bring to the board table analytical and critique skills, with a drive towards outcomes. I am aware of duties that a governance role brings. Am a member of Waikato IoD with a focus to remain connected and updated on issues affecting the governance environment. I am committed to PD and training.”


Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles


Connect Support Recovery

October 2013 - Present (6 years)

A NGO providing healthcare and wellbeing support services with a focus on mental health, currently based in the wider Auckland area. $9m turnover with 120 FTEs. I sit on the Sub-finance Committee and as of October 2015 am Chairperson. We have recently gone through the process of appointing a new CEO and completing new Strategic Plan..


Te Akau Primary School

June 2013 - Present (6 years)

A small rural school, with a strong focus on ensuring our children leave school with all the skills for life-long learning, and are given the opportunity to participate in a wide number of activities. I am responsible for the Policy Portfolio.


Burklee Limited

February 2008 - Present (11 years)

Equity Partnership drystock operation on 500 ha in West Waikato. Focus is on developing the asset and maximising return to shareholders.

Founding Member

Massey University Young Farmers

March 1994 - November 1996 (2 years)

Initiated and established the club on campus grounds. Key liaison with University personnel and the Young Farmers organisation to set new parameters. Initial guidance and support to new members. This club still exists with over 200 members, the largest in New Zealand.

Executive Roles

Managing Director

Burklee Limited

February 2008 - Present (11 years)

A 500 ha sheep and beef farming operation.

Agricultural Consultant


April 2005 - November 2012 (7 years)

AgFirst is an Independent Consultancy service focused in the primary industry sector, based throughout NZ. Work involved assisting clients growing their businesses, setting strategic direction and providing assistance to ensure their business met their goals. Played a key role in delivering projects to stakeholders in full and on time. I was involved in the establishment of the Rural Mentoring Programme, now run by NZ Young Farmers. Other work involved a key understanding of financial KPIs, environmental impacts, strategic planning, extension and facilitation to and for a wide range of stakeholders.

Sheep Council

WoolPro/Meat & Wool New Zealand

May 2001 - March 2005 (3 years)

Integral in the cohesion of a representative group of sheep farmers, that strived to deliver and support information and technology back out to farmers to improve profits. Part of this was spear-heading projects and delivering them on Council's behalf such as the Hill Country Pasture Renewal Project.

Regional Manager

WoolPro/Meat & Wool Innovation/Tectra

April 2001 - March 2005 (3 years)

Over a period of 6 years, the industry good organisation, which collects levy from farmers, went through significant change, and several name changes. The organisation is now known as Beef + Lamb NZ. Focus was the development and implementation of education programmes and technology to improve the productivity on farm. Project management and key understanding of research processes was integral to the role, as was developing on-going relationships with stakeholders. An example was the overseeing of six Monitor Farm Community Groups in the Upper North Island.

Land Management Officer

HB Regional Council

January 1998 - January 2001 (3 years)

Local government body where my role was to work with ratepayers in protecting the environment through native reforestation, space planting and/or retirement, riparian management, wetland protection and enhancement, and coast care protection. Key relationships with stakeholders was integral in obtaining consensus to achieve outcomes. Was instrumental in developing and lodging the first Esplanade Strip agreement under the RMA in New Zealand.

Various Roles


January 1988 - January 1998 (10 years)

Prior to going to university I worked for a Chartered Accountant for three years, travelled overseas, holding several financial positions. Following university, I worked for the AgITO as a Strategic Planner. I have also held several on-farm positions during holiday periods and travels.


Burnside Hart Trust

The LEADing Board, Governance

2013 - 2013

Institute of Directors

Certificate in Company Direction, Governance

2012 - 2012

Lincoln University

Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, Agri-business Leadership

2001 - 2001

Massey University

Bachelor of Agricultural Science, 1st Class Honours

1992 - 1996