Sam Robinson (Chair) Barry Harris (Deputy Chair) Teresa Ciprian (Director) Jeff Grant (Director) Dr Michael Dunbier (Director) Andrew Macfarlane (Director) Tania Simpson (Director) Dr Peter Stone (Director) Michelle Alexander (Director)
Sam Robinson (B.AgSci Hons) is a well-known Hawke’s Bay sheep and beef farmer who has had considerable experience in agribusiness and is an acknowledged farming leader. Sam is currently Chair of AgResearch and Centralines and is also on the board of HBRIC, which is promoting the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.
He was Chairman of Richmond Ltd before its acquisition by PPCS (now Silver Fern Farms), and has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Growth and Innovation Advisory Board and the Government’s Food & Beverage Task Force. He chaired the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT) and was a director of the Port of Napier and Farmlands.
Barry Harris is a company director with extensive governance and executive experience. Barry has held a number of Chief Executive roles including Environmental Waikato, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hamilton City. He was also a senior executive with Fonterra for five years. Barry is currently Deputy Chair of AgResearch, a Crown research Institute and director of DairyNZ, Primary ITO, WEL Networks Limited and OSPRI (former Animal Health Board). Previous boards include CentrePort; RD1; International Nutritionals; Hamilton Riverside Hotels and Local Authority Shared Services. Barry has a Masters of Agricultural Science (Honours) and lives in Hamilton.
Teresa Ciprian has a background in the commercialisation, marketing and business development of branded consumer dairy and other foods.
She has significant international business experience, having held a number of senior roles with Danone focused on creating and delivering global growth initiatives. Beginning her career as a technician in the dairy industry, she is passionate about adding value to New Zealand’s primary and technology based industries.
Teresa’s governance portfolio includes the boards of Firstlight Foods Ltd, Aspeq Ltd and Aviation New Zealand.
Jeff Grant farms sheep, beef and deer properties at Balfour and Otama Valley in Southland.He was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1987 and served two terms including the role of Senior Whip in the National Government from 1990 until 1993 when he retired.Since 1994 Jeff has been predominately involved as a Director or Trustee for more than 20 organisations and companies. He is currently the Chairman of Milford Sound Development Authority, Mt Linton Station, Southland Shared Services & CEO’ Group and OSPRI New Zealand. He is a director of SBS Bank and Finance Now Ltd and is a trustee of Pfx Trust (Massey and Lincoln University joint venture).Past directorships have included Invest South, Landcorp, Wrightson, New Zealand Meat Board, Meat and Wool NZ, Agriculture ITO, Animal Health Board, Catapult Genetics, Ovita ,Tulip International and Business Parliamentary Trust.He has also been Chairman of ten organisations including Meat and Wool NZ 2003-2007 and New Zealand Meat Board 2000-2007, Meat Research and Development Council, AGMARDT, Invest South and Wool Partners Co-op.
Dr Michael Dunbier is a research scientist with expertise in genetics and plant breeding. He is a former director of DSIR Crop Research and was the founding Chief Executive of Crop & Food Research. Michael chairs the board of the Pastoral Genomics Consortium and is also a Director of the Foundation for Arable Research.Previous Chair roles include the BioProtection Centre of Research Excellence, SunPrime Seeds (Aust), the MoRST International Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the Governance Groups of two NIWA OBIs. Previous directorships include FRST, Grains Research and Development Corporation (Aust), Quality Wheat CRC (Aust), Lincoln International and Dairy InSight.In 2005, Michael received the Bledisloe Medal from Lincoln University and in 2011 the Jubilee Medal from the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science. He is a Fellow of both the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science and the New Zealand Institute of Management.
Andrew Macfarlane (B.AgSci) is a farm management consultant, farmer and property investor. He is a life member and past president of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management. He is also a director of ANZCO, a member of the Lincoln University Council and Chairman of Deer Industry New Zealand and a director of the Ngai Tahu Rural Property.
Andrew has a particular interest in building depth in both the numbers and quality of young professionals entering the rural sector and expertise in developing environmentally sound farm management systems, particularly in relation to irrigation schemes and on-farm land use options.His farming interests are in the dairy, meat and arable sectors.
Tania Simpson is a Māori development consultant with a broad range of governance experience on boards including Mighty River Power, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Landcare Research, Maniapoto FM.
She is Chief Executive of Kōwhai Consulting and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and the King’s Council. Tania has tribal affiliations to Tainui, Ngā Puhi and Ngāi Tahu and lives near Hamilton.
Dr Peter Stone is a senior manager at Australia’s CSIRO, where he is a Research Director in the Land & Water Flagship.
Peter has experience in farm management, food industry consulting, grain marketing and agricultural research. He is Brisbane-based but lived in New Zealand for several years, during which time he worked as a scientist at Crop & Food Research.
Michelle Alexander is Commercial Director/Chief Financial Officer for Antares Restaurant Group Ltd (the master franchisee for Burger King in New Zealand) and leads the Finance, Business Planning & Analysis, Development (including Real Estate), Supply Chain (including Distribution), Information Services and Administration teams. Michelle also has responsibility for the legal and governance functions including performing the company secretarial function.Michelle joined the company in March 2008 and is now also a Shareholder.Before joining Antares, Michelle was CFO of Express Couriers Ltd (a JV between NZ Post and DHL), and prior to that had 12 years with McDonald’s Restaurants New Zealand Limited including two years as CFO with responsibility for finance, franchising, information systems, supply chain, development and real estate. Michelle has also held roles with New Image International and Ernst & Young.Michelle has a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) from the University of Waikato, is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
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