RMPP BOARD

Malcolm Bailey
Independent Chairman
Malcolm is a farmer and former director of Fonterra. He is also a director of Westpac New Zealand Limited and chairs the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand. In the past, Malcolm was National President of Federated Farmers, Special Agricultural Trade Envoy for the New Zealand Government and External Monetary Policy Adviser to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from Massey University.

Bob Cottrell
Independent Director
Bob is a Farm Advisor to Māori Trusts, and has operational involvement with a number of Central North Island farming trusts. Bob previously held the position of Chairman of AgResearch's Iwi Futures Governance Group and is a former Executive Member of FoMA. Bob is also the Chairman of Te Awahohonu Forest Trust – farming 44,000 Sheep and Beef stock units in Hawkes Bay. In 2013 the Trust won the Ahuwhenua Trophy – BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming. Bob has Dip VFM from Lincoln College.

George Tatham
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Farmer Director

George farms a coastal Wairarapa sheep and beef breeding and finishing property running 20,000 stock units.

Graham Brown
Bank Representative Director. Consultant with accounting firm Brown Glassford
Graham is a chartered accountant and agribusiness consultant, with many years' experience across the sheep and beef, dairying and arable sectors. Graham chairs the Wool Industry Research Consortium and is involved in several farming businesses' advisory boards. He has a Bachelor of Agriculture Commerce in Economics and Marketing from Lincoln College and a Bachelor of Commerce from Canterbury University.

Jane Smith
Independent Director, North Otago farmer
Jane farms 10,000 sheep and beef stock units at Newhaven (Five Forks), alongside stud sheep operations in both New Zealand and Australia. Career experience in rural banking, the fertiliser industry and sheep and beef genetics allows Jane to take a lateral interest in New Zealand's primary industries. As a red meat producer, she wants to see the industry perform in a robust and profitable manner into the future.

Jane is a director on a number of farming company boards including Fossil Creek Angus and Newhaven Perendales and sits on the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.

Wayne Allan
Independent Director, Agricultural Consultant, Allan Agricultural
Consulting Ltd 

Wayne is a Canterbury-based farm advisor specialising in the sheep, beef and deer sectors.

In addition to working with farmer clients Wayne has been involved with a number of industry projects as well as facilitation of discussion groups and extension programmes including the Beef and Lamb Sheep Profit Partnership. He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Lincoln University. He is a past President of the NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management, and was awarded the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep and Beef Consultant of the Year (2014).

Sam McIvor 
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Director
Sam McIvor took over the role of CEO of Beef + Lamb New Zealand in April 2016. Sam is a chief executive with extensive experience in the New Zealand food and agribusiness sector.

He has held CEO roles with New Zealand Pork and Preston Corp Ltd and he has led strategy development and implementation in senior manager and consulting roles with Ospri and Lincoln University.

Sam’s experience in the food and agribusiness sector value chain encompasses research and development, production, processing/manufacturing, new product and new business development, logistics, distribution, wholesaling and retailing, including franchise management.

He has comprehensive stakeholder management experience including issues management and building partnerships at both an organisational and industry level.

Sam has board governance experience, serving on private sector, industry good, research and development and not for profit entities. Sam grew up on a sheep and beef farm and holds a Bachelor of Agriculture and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Massey University.

Alan McDermott
Meat Processor Representative Director
Alan McDermott is the Agribusiness Manager for ANZCO Foods. He is responsible for delivering differentiation for farmers and customers; overseeing programmed livestock value chains; and farm quality assurance.

Alan previously worked for AgResearch on farm systems and agribusiness research. He has worked in extensively in China on pastoral and rural development projects and Chile in red meat industry development. Alan grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the hills of Hawke’s Bay and has a Master of Applied Science (Agricultural Systems and Management) from Massey University.

PARTNERS

The Red Meat Profit Partnership is made up of:

FARMERS
via Beef + Lamb New Zealand

MEAT PROCESSING COMPANIES
Alliance Group, ANZCO, Blue Sky Meats, Greenlea, Progressive Meats and Silver Fern Farms

BANKS
ANZ and Rabobank

GOVERNMENT
via the Ministry for Primary Industries

RMPP TEAM

David Wright
Chief Executive
E. david.wright@rmpp.co.nz 
David is a professional director and management consultant who undertakes interim chief executive assignments. David has previously held various executive roles in the New Zealand meat and dairy industries as well as the
state sector.

Megan Mounsey-Smith
Programme Operations Manager
E: megan.mounseysmith@rmpp.co.nz
Megan has a background in administration and project coordination. Her roles have covered Board & Council Coordinator, Executive Assistant and North Island Administration Manager for companies such as The Todd Family, Wrightson, Wrightson Wool, Agriculture New Zealand and First Banking Systems in the UK.

Melonie Sheppard
Stakeholder Engagement Manager
E:  melonie.sheppard@rmpp.co.nz
Melonie has worked with sheep and beef farmers for more than 20 years in farm consultancy, training and human resources roles. In 2018, she moved into her current role of connecting RMPP with farmers and other stakeholders, after working in RMPP's People and Capability team since 2015. She comes from a sheep and beef background
in Marlborough. 

Emma Gilman
Programme Administrator

E: admin@rmpp.co.nz
Emma keeps all the systems and processes at RMPP on track and makes sure the important stuff gets done.
She joined RMPP in 2018, after recently returning to New Zealand from her OE.

Diane Falconer
Project Manager – People 
E: diane.falconer@rmpp.co.nz 
Diane has a background in human resources and learning and development across the hospitality and
agricultural sectors.

Richard Fitzgerald
Project Manager – Extension Design 
E: richard.fitzgerald@rmpp.co.nz
Richard has worked in the agricultural sector for over twenty years after graduating from Lincoln University. Initially as a mixed cropping-finishing farmer (which he still owns and is run by his wife), then as the Chief Executive Officer of NZ Young Farmers and more recently as an independent Human Capability Consultant for primary industry organisations. He has a proven track record in developing and implementing innovative and successful people development initiatives in the rural sector such as AgriKids, TeenAg, The Get Ahead Programme and Primary Industry Capability Alliance. He is also a Nuffield Scholar where he studied the drivers for farmers to adopt innovation.

Denise Bewsell
Specialist Extension Manager
E: denise.bewsell@rmpp.co.nz
Denise has a background in agricultural extension having worked for an number of years as an extension officer in Victoria, Australia. Her interest in understanding the adoption of technology in agriculture prompted a move into extension research, working at the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia, and then AgResearch in New Zealand. She is keen to help support change in the red meat sector through the extension design project.
Mark Johnstone
Project Manager – Data and Systems
E: mark.johnstone@rmpp.co.nz
Mark has spent the majority of his career in the IT sector working with businesses to maximise the value derived from the use of technology. Mark has worked in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, gaining his experience in the motor trade, legal environment and primary sector. Within the primary sector Mark's roles included IT Manager at Landcorp Farming Limited and most recently as CIO, leading the team which developed the farm management system for the FarmIQ PGP programme.

Brendon Patchett
Project Manager, RMPP Action Network
E: brendon.patchett@rmpp.co.nz
Brendon has a background that spans both the rural and ICT sectors. Having initially spent 8 years as a livestock drafter, graduating from University led to various roles in the ICT sector, covering Systems Analyst, Service Management and Solutions Development, across 14 years. Coming back into the rural sector, He has held Business Development and General Management roles with Agtrac Services.

Chris Brosnahan
Systems & Process Manager
E: chris.brosnahan@rmpp.co.nz
Chris holds a Masters in Agricultural Science from Lincoln University. He has worked at a government dairy research laboratory in Werribee, Victoria Australia, where he migrated into an IT support role. During this time he completed a Graduate Diploma in IT. On returning to New Zealand Chris progressed in various IT support roles in private, government and not-for-profit roles in Wellington with his most recent role as a network engineering team leader and a business analyst / technical writer on contract.

Chris' role at RMPP is to support front facing staff by managing the back end systems that record, analyse and present the information collected from Action Network Groups.

David Jefferd
Project Manager, Resource and Capability Development
E: david.jefferd@rmpp.co.nz
David joined the RMPP team in early April 2017 and is based out of the RMPP Christchurch office. David comes from a sheep and beef background having farmed north of Gisborne for a number of years before moving to Hawke's Bay and now Canterbury. He has experience both as a farmer and in the agricultural education sector from his previous roles as an agriculture/agribusiness tutor at the Primary ITO. These fit well with his current role at RMPP.

Beau Neill
Customer Support Specialist

E: beau.neill@rmpp.co.nz 
Beau is from a farming/viticulture background and recently completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) degree at Lincoln University. He has also studied Asian Agribusiness in Indonesia on a Prime Minister Scholarship for Asia. Beau’s role with RMPP includes fielding inquiries from farmers, rural professionals/representatives to provide information and clarity. He will also be supporting Action Network activities and processes. 

Pat Turton
Project Manager –NZ Farm Assurance Programme
E: patrick.turton@asurequality.com
Pat is Business Development Manager - Farm and Livestock for AssureQuality. He has worked in the Meat and related Livestock industries for over 30 years and more specifically in the area of assurance systems for the last 20 years. Pat currently supports farm related assurance systems across the sheep, beef, deer, dairy, pigs and
poultry industries.

Nick Beeby
Project Manager – NZ Red Meat Story 
E: nick.beeby@beeflambnz.com
Nick is General Manager market development at Beef and Lamb New Zealand, where he manages the organisation's investment in all international market development programmes. Nick has been seconded to the RMPP to oversee the NZ Red Meat Story project. In addition to his Wellington role, Nick has family farming interests in Hawkes Bay.