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 a partner in AgriFood Strategy Limited working with farmers, agribusinesses and the wider industry on significant strategic issues, and to realise the potential of new opportunities.  He focuses on issues such as value chain performance, meeting customer expectations, achieving change, ethics, sustainability and profitability. 

Alan previously worked for ANZCO Food as the Agribusiness Manager responsible for delivering differentiation for farmers and customers, overseeing programmed livestock value chains and farm quality assurance.  Prior to this he 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.


The Red Meat Profit Partnership is made up of:

via Beef + Lamb New Zealand

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

ANZ and Rabobank

via the Ministry for Primary Industries


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.

Emma Gilman
Programme Co-ordinator

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.

Alicia Carroll
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

E: alicia.carroll@rmpp.co.nz

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

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.

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.

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.

Chris Brosnahan
Systems and 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.

Dustin Coveney
Customer Support Specialist
E: dustin.coveney@rmpp.co.nz

Ben Early
Customer Support Specialist

E: ben.early@rmpp.co.nz

Pat Turton
Project Manager, New Zealand 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.