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)
Sam Robinson is a well known Hawke’s Bay sheep and beef farmer who has had considerable experience in agribusiness and is an acknowledged farming leader.Previously Sam 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 currently the Chief Executive of Hamilton City Council. His previous roles have included Chief Executive in regional government and, more recently, a senior executive in the dairy industry as Director of Fonterra Milk Supply and a member of the Fonterra Leadership Team. He also sits on the board of DairyNZ.Previous board appointments include CentrePort; RD1; International Nutritionals Ltd; Hamilton Riverside Hotels.
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 executive roles with Danone focused on 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 and the Aviation Industry Association.
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 boards of the Pastoral Genomics Consortium and the Horticulture New Zealand Vegetable Research and Innovation Board. He 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. He is a 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 NZ.
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 development and the use of trees on farms.
Tania Simpson is a Māori development consultant with a broad range of governance experience on boards including Mighty River Power, Landcare Research, Waikato Endowed Colleges Trust, Maniapoto FM, and Medical Laboratory Technologists.
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 executive at Australia’s CSIRO where he is Deputy Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Flagship and Director of GISERA, a CSIRO and industry vehicle to foster collaborative public good research.
Dr Stone has a range of relevant science expertise in farm management, food industry consulting, grain marketing and agricultural research. Dr Stone is Brisbane-based but lived in New Zealand for several years, during which time he worked as a scientist at Crop & Food Research.
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