David Williams

Milk Supply Manager

David Williams is our Milk Supply Manager and leads the Milk Supply Team. David has more than 20 years’ experience working in the dairy industry in a variety of roles. David is passionate about innovation and working with customers and farmers to create more value for the entire supply chain.


Mark Burnside

Milk Supplier Relationship Manager

Mark Burnside is the Milk Supplier Relationship Manager and leads the Area Manager Team. Mark has spent his career working with farmers in the meat and dairy industries. Mark’s role is about creating strong partnerships with farmers to maximise returns for farmers and Synlait, and to procure milk when required.


Andy Fairweather

Area Manager – Rakaia South

Andy Fairweather is the Area Manager for Mid and South Canterbury catchment. Andy comes to Synlait with 10 years of livestock experience, specialising in animal health, breeding and logistics. Developing and maintaining relationships with our suppliers really appeals to Andy. Together they plan the many events on the supplier calendar. Andy excels getting out on farm and being part of our farmer friends business operations.


Annie McLaren

Area Manager – Rakaia North

As an Area Manager, Annie is the key relationship holder for milk suppliers in the Selwyn and Waimakariri districts. Growing up in Darfield and going to Lincoln University gave her a passion for farming. She’s built up a solid skill set in the dairy and agricultural sector working in various roles. She started with Synlait in 2011 and is proud of the relationships she’s built with suppliers over that time.


Mark Wren

Lead With Pride™ Manager

He came to Synlait as a veterinarian experienced in private practise and industry. Originally from Dunedin, he brings an understanding of regulation, documentation and auditing from his time in the meat industry working for MPI.
Mark was challenged with implementing the Lead With Pride™ farm certification programme in 2014 and rolling it out to our Synlait supplier base.


Emma Brand

Environmental Advisor

Emma Brand is one of two Environmental Advisors. She works closely with the Lead With Pride™ programme, Farm Environment Plans and Sustainable Dairying Water Accord. Coming into the team straight from university after completing her Master of Science, her role has evolved to align with changes within the Land and Water Regional Plan, and assisting our suppliers to be at the leading edge.


Michael Edmonson

Environmental Advisor

Along with Emma, Michael Edmondson is an Environmental Advisor. Michael has a comprehensive knowledge on environmental resource management including regional rules, resource consents, irrigation, effluent, nutrient management and has spent 10 years working in the agricultural industry. He’s also an accredited Farm Environment Plan auditor. Prior to joining Synlait, Michael was employed by Environment Canterbury as a Senior Resource Management Officer.


Tim Dolan

Milk Supply Information Specialist

Tim Dolan is our Milk Supply Information Specialist dedicated to milk quality and information services. Tim comes from an auditing and farm assessment background and has a sound knowledge of milk quality issues and general farm dairy setup. Tim is responsible for payments, milk quality, and information web services through the Madcap data system.