Executive Team

Dr Tom Richardson

Chief Executive

Location: Ruakura

Ph: +64 7 834 6601


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, 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.

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.

Dr Greg Murison

Research 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.

Monique Devereux

Communications & Marketing Director

Location: Lincoln

Ph: +64 3 321 8607


Monique Devereux was appointed as Communications and Marketing Director in August 2016.

Prior to working at AgResearch she headed the Communications and Ministerial Services functions at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, as the acting Deputy Chief Executive.

Monique’s background is in journalism and she has a collective 20 years’ experience working in print, radio and television news.


Andy Anderson

National Health & Safety Manager

Location: Lincoln

Ph: +64 3 325 9937


Andy Anderson was appointed to the newly created role of National Health and Safety Manager in August 2016.

Until taking up the role, Andy was providing health and safety consultancy services as the South Island Senior Advisor at Beca.

Andy has a diverse and extensive health and safety background including senior auditor for ACC, senior audit  and programme specialist with Telarc/SAI and advisory positions with University of Canterbury and Skellerup Industries.


Chris Koroheke

Kaiurungi Ahuwhenua Maori

Location: Ruakura

Ph: +64 7 838 5250


Chris Koroheke is AgResearch’s Kaiurungi Ahuwhenua Maori and his role on the Executive Team is to strengthen the relationships across the burgeoning Maori agribusiness sector.

His background is in developing resources through building relationships across organisations or iwi, in both environmental and commercial areas. This experience spans almost 30 years in which time he has as worked across central and local government.

Chris’ iwi affiliations are with the Ngati Maniapoto people, Ngati Wai, Te Rarawa and Te Aupouri, and Ngati Tarawhai.

Lee Gardiner

People and Culture Director

Location: Lincoln

Ph: +64 3 321 8960


Lee Gardiner was appointed as People & Culture Director in June 2017. Prior to this she worked for farm machinery importer and retailer Landpower / CLAAS Harvest Centre where she was the GM – People & Brand for 7 years.

Lee has over 20 years’  experience in human resources management across a diverse range of sectors including agriculture, tourism and aboriginal education.

Her keys areas of experience have been leading large-scale change and culture transformation, and putting in place the best approaches to align with an organisation’s strategy.

Stuart Hall

Partnerships & Programmes Director

Location: Lincoln

Ph: +64 3 321 8684


Stu Hall was appointed as Partnerships & Programmes Director in August 2017.

Prior to commencing at AgResearch, Stu spent the previous eight years with ANZCO Foods, the past four as General Manager Sales and Marketing with global responsibility for commercial activity.

Prior to ANZCO Foods, Stu spent 15 years with DB Breweries in a number of sales & commercial roles, the last of which was National Sales Manager.

Stu’s key areas of experience include sales & marketing execution, leadership and strategy development.

Tony Hickmott

Finance & Business Performance Director

Location: Lincoln

Ph: +64 3 321 8705


Tony Hickmott was appointed as Finance & Business Performance Director in October 2017.

Tony was most recently the Chief Financial Officer at Capital & Coast District health Board in Wellington where he provided leadership for the DHB. He brings with him a wealth of experience in finance, audit and risk and government funding models as well as finance team leadership.