Elected to the Board in 2012, Gabrielle Thompson graduated from Massey University with a Veterinary degree in 2000. Initially working for Riverside Vets, she opened her own companion animal clinic in 2004, growing to five clinics around the lower South Island over a 10 year period before selling these clinics to a nationwide company.
Gabrielle also owns an artisan bread company which sells through supermarkets nationwide; she is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors; and is experienced in importing and exporting. In addition to this, she currently heads the Board’s Risk and Audit Committee, and previously chaired the Health and Safety Committee.
She and her husband, along with their family, own and operate a 530ha arable and store lamb farm at Dorie, Mid Canterbury. In her free time, Gabrielle spends time with family, including her daughter Frances. She likes to go to the gym, spend time with friends, travel, ski and be outdoors