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Dr Tom Richardson

Dr Tom Richardson


Location: Ruakura
Ph: +64 7 834 6601      Fax: +64 7 834 6641


Tom has been Chief Executive of AgResearch since September 2010, and has worked in New Zealand science for more than 20 years. Prior to joining AgResearch, he spent 17 years with the New Zealand Forestry Research Institute (Scion), as a practising scientist, science manager, and five years as Chief Executive.

He has had frequent assignments on advisory boards, external review panels and international science and trade delegations, including the NZ-US Joint Commission on Science and Technology Co-operation and the NZ-EU Joint Commission on Science and Technology Co-operation.

He currently holds a number of industry, science and education governance roles including EpiGen, Farmax Ltd, Grasslanz Technologies Ltd, South Island Dairy Development Corp, DEEResearch,  ScienceNZ (Chair), Waiariki Institute of Technology, and two New Zealand Centres of Research Excellence (Riddet Institute and Gravida – The National Research Centre on Growth and Development).

His science background is in genetics and he holds a Bachelors degree from Bucknell University and his PhD is from Pennsylvania State University.


Prof Warren mcNabb

Professor Warren McNabb

Research Director

Location: Grasslands
Ph: +64 6 351 8061

Professor Warren McNabb was appointed Research Director for AgResearch in June 2011. Warren is an Adjunct Professor in the Riddet Institute, Massey University and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences.

Warren joined AgResearch in 1993 as Senior Research Scientist in the Nutrition and Behaviour Group, promoted to Eminent Research Scientist in 2004, then to General Manager of the Food & Textiles Group in 2009.

His recent research has focused on nutrigenomics and nutritional epigenetics, and on food-host-microbial interactions and food for human health and wellbeing.  Warren has authored more than 300 publications including 10 invited plenary papers and seven invited reviews, and he supervises eight PhD students.

Warren completed a B.Ag.Sc (Hons) 1st Class in Animal Science at Massey University in 1986, and a PhD in Animal Science at Massey University in 1990.


Prof Warren mcNabb

Dr Greg Murison

Partnerships & Programmes Director

Location: Ruakura
Ph: +64 7 838 5484

Greg began his career with AgResearch in 2010 as Section Manager of Animal Improvement.

Greg was Chief Scientist at Genesis Research and Development, a collaboration with the University of Auckland, and was one of their founding scientists.

During his time with Genesis, Greg oversaw the development of RNAi therapeutics and gained a sound understanding of science management and progressing scientific discoveries to market.


Andrew McSweeney

Andrew McSweeney

Shared Services Director
Location: Lincoln
Ph: +64 3 321 8777

Andrew McSweeney was appointed to the newly created role of Shared Services Director in August 2011.

Andrew came to AgResearch from PGG Wrightson Limited as Group General Manager of Human Resources and Corporate Services. 

Prior to this Andrew held executive positions as General Manager Human Resources for ANZ National Bank, Human Resources Manager for Fujitsu and Head of Human Resources for BNZ.

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David Godwin

Finance & Business Performance Director

Location: Ruakura
Ph: +64 7 834 6604
David was appointed to his role at AgResearch in September 2012.
David joined AgResearch from Deutsche Bank where he spent 9 years in leadership roles transforming the bank’s finance division in London and New York. Prior to that, he was with Credit Suisse First Boston in London.
David gained his finance degree from Massey University and then joined Shell NZ as an accountant where he completed his CA qualifications. He went on to work for the Bank of NZ before relocating to London.