Tessa Mills

Stakeholder Relationship Manager - Government

T: +64 6 351 8023

M: +64 29 420 923

E: tessa.mills@agresearch.co.nz

Qualifications
Bachelor of Horticulture and Science with Honours, PhD, Post-graduate Diploma in International Studies, and Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management.

Background
Tessa worked as a scientist with Plant and Food Research (formally HortResearch) for almost 20 years before moving into a policy and advocacy role with Federated Farmers of New Zealand.  Tessa spent 5 years as a senior policy advisor with Federated Farmers before taking up her current position with AgResearch as Stakeholder Relationship Manager – Government.

In her current role with AgResearch Tessa works with key government funders to ensure AgResearch scientists understand the investment signals indicated by the ministers of both science and primary industry and that this is reflected through the contestable funding process in response to requests for proposals for key government agencies.