Corrigan Sowman

Farmer, Uruwhenua Farms and Nuffield scholar

Corrigan lives in the small rural community of Golden Bay with his wife Ruth and their two sons. He is a partner and manager of the family’s dairy farming business alongside his parents and brother Sam. Corrigan is a graduate of Massey University with a Bachelor of Applied Science, and was a former consulting officer with DairyNZ and farm consultant with FarmRight. Alongside managing their 500ha dairy and beef farming business, Corrigan has recently completed a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, which took him around the US, Europe and South America to study how farmers cope with the pressure of change occurring in food and environment. He currently sits on Fonterra’s Sustainability Panel and is a deputy chair of the DairyNZ Dairy Environmental Leaders Forum.

Dana Carver

Wellbeing and evaluation consultant

Dana has over twenty years’ experience in the Health and Wellbeing sector. She and her husband are equity managers on a 3,100 cow dairy farm in Dunsandel and Dana was the DairyNZ Wellness and Wellbeing programme leader from 2014-2019. Currently Dana works as an evaluation consultant, helping organisation within the primary industries to implement and evaluate wellbeing programmes. She is also responsible for initiating the GoodYarn licensing programme, which has seen over 60 organisations and 7,000 people educated in mental health literacy.  

Doug Dibley

Managing director, Fern View Farms Ltd

Doug grew up on a dairy farm near Rotorua which has been in his family for five generations. He has worked in the dairy industry since completing his Bachelor of Science at the University of Canterbury; first working for Fonterra as a sustainable dairy advisor and then as an environment programme lead, before taking up positions at Opus and Owl Farm at St Peter’s School. Going back to his roots, he is now living on the family farm in a sharemilking capacity, while also working for Fonterra as the regional farm operations manager for the Central North Island. 

Gavin McEwen

CEO, Farmax and COO, FarmIQ

Gavin is from a Waikato dairy farming background, with a Bachelor of Horticulture from Lincoln University. He has 30 years’ experience in the agricultural sector, both owning and operating his own businesses through to managerial positions in LIC, Turners and Growers, and Farmax Ltd. He was the co-founder of two technology start-ups in the early 2000s, creating one of the first cloud-based database systems marketed internationally and being recognised in the Deloitte Fast 50 and as one of the top 100 fastest-growing technology businesses in the Asia-Pacific region in 2004. From a pragmatic perspective, Gavin's focus is on furthering the potential of New Zealand pastoral agriculture, believing that transparency and collaboration among the agricultural service industry is long overdue and is key to unlocking that potential. 

Isabelle & Patrick Crawshaw

Events manager, Hawke's Bay A&P society & farmer, Te Hau Station

Isabelle grew up in Wellington and completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Human Resources at Lincoln University, after which, she worked in the events industry. Currently Isabelle is the events manager for the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society, and also works with Future Beef and Future Sheep. Patrick grew up in Nuhaka on an angus stud farm and went to Lincoln University where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Farm Management. Patrick and Isabelle purchased their first 285ha farm in 2018, with a stock system that is intentionally very flexible with a high finishing component of approximately 2,000 lambs and 300 beef per annum. In 2020 the couple welcomed their daughter Charlotte into the world and together they juggle the farm, parenthood and Isabelle working full-time off farm. 

Jack Keeys

Agri-food research and insights analyst, KPMG

Jack is actively involved in the New Zealand and international food and fibre sector. As a research and insights analyst at KPMG, Jack works directly with the Agri-food team to deliver sector-wide communication pieces such as the KPMG Agribusiness Agenda, as well as supporting various projects and facilitating KPMG’s global agri-food network with over 40 countries around the world. In his previous role, Jack led the market entrance of FARMAX into the UK and Ireland, while also conducting business development and training around New Zealand. Jack has also been involved in several industry initiatives including co-developing the Rabobank Agri-Leadership programme, being selected for the first AGMARDT international placement award in 2019, and involvement in groups such as NZIPIM, New Zealand Young Farmers and business start-up communities.

James Parsons

Farmer and chairman, AgFirst Northland

James is highly qualified in numerous aspects of agriculture, with specialty technical knowledge in sheep and beef. James is an experienced farmer in his own right and is the majority shareholder and managing director for Ashgrove Genetics which owns the well known Matauri Angus and Ashgrove Coopworth studs. He is an experienced company director, previously chairing the board of Beef + Lamb NZ and the NZ Meat Board, as well as a lines company directorship and several other governance roles. James currently chairs the board of Wools of NZ - a grower-owned strong wool company and is a director on the boards of OSPRI and NAIT Limited. He is an accomplished speaker, a 2008 Nuffield farming scholar, a member of the NZIPIM and an Elite Accredited FARMAX consultant.

James Van Bohemen

Farm business manager, Rangitaiki Station

James is a converted city-slicker who has chased a rural dream to go farming, managing Rangitaiki Station for Pamu Farms of New Zealand. Rangitaiki Station totals 8,125ha (effective) wintering over 90,000su of sheep, beef and deer, and employing twenty three staff. James is a huge believer of simple, repeatable and sustainable farming systems whilst being innovative in approach and adapting with industry change. FARMAX is used as an important management tool within the farm business to monitor and forecast the future, whilst also utilising its modelling capacity to identify potential opportunities ahead, as well as playing a role in staff development. In 2021, James was awarded the Rabobank Farm Management Project award and also completed a Bachelor of Applied Management.

Laura Keenan

Agricultural consultant, Landmark Advisory

Manawatu based in a diverse farming region, Laura is an agronomist and environmental consultant helping farmers achieve their productivity, profitability and sustainability goals. Following a BAgSci (Hons) degree at Lincoln, she has followed her passion for the technical element of agronomy and farm systems analysis. Laura works with her partner on the mixed cropping and lamb trading farm they are lucky to call home, and she is widely involved throughout the industry with commitments with the New Zealand Grassland Association, the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management and the Institute of Directors.

Lee Matheson

Managing director, Perrin Ag Consultants

Currently the Managing Director of Perrin Ag, Lee Matheson has been working in the agribusiness advisory profession since 2006. Lee specialises in Māori agribusiness, financial and investment analysis, whole farm systems modelling and agribusiness strategy.  Lee balances a hectic professional life with being a husband to Haidee, father/rugby coach/cricket scorer/taxi driver to three children and the proud owner of a 4 ½ acre life-sentence block, complete with flock of Wiltshire sheep.  He loves bird shooting with his disobedient Cocker Spaniel, tries to collect more wine than he drinks, is obsessive about mowing his lawn and can order a beer in over five languages.

Phil Journeaux

Agricultural economist and consultant, AgFirst Waikato

Phil joined AgFirst Waikato in 2012, after 35 years with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. He has worked in agriculture all his working life, covering a wide range of issues. Phil has been a member of the New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society since 1987 and on the executive for 25 years. In 2019, Phil was made a life member in recognition of his input into the society. Phil has two masters degrees: MAgSc (hons) and a MBA, and specialises in economic research and analysis, technology transfer, farm management, project management, environmental management, risk management and business planning.

Rob Buddo

Farmer, Kinburn Farm

Rob started farming Kinburn Farm with his wife Coral in 1990. What started as 240 ha has turned into 957 ha effective over five blocks, stocking a mixture of finishing lambs supplying Atkins Ranch, bull beef and Wagyu – the latter through FirstLight. FARMAX is an integral part of the farm business and has been since FARMAX was commercialised in 2003. Rob is a director for Heavy Lambs Ltd and previous chairman and director of Atkins Ranch – a meat co-op supplying lamb directly to the USA. He has been part of numerous groups and research projects over the years including the Beef Council, Future Forage Systems, Beef + Lamb NZ Monitor Farms, Kereru Station Advisory Board and Poukawa Primary School. In 2020, Rob and Coral became joint shareholders in Plant Hawke’s Bay Ltd, a plant nursery business growing New Zealand natives especially for farm biodiversity and riparian planting. 

Robyn Dynes

Strategy lead of sustainable production systems, AgResearch

Dr. Robyn Dynes is a farming systems scientist with AgResearch based at Lincoln. Her science in farming systems includes emissions to air and water and the current and future challenges facing our farming systems. Robyn leads the Whitiwhiti Ora; Land Use Suitability programme in the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (, and AgResearch contribution to Ravensdown PGP and HWEN Extension and Adoption workstream. In addition, she contributes to projects across participatory research, farm systems and farm systems modelling. FARMAX is a key tool in both research and extension activities, both in practical and theoretical research. She has used FARMAX, with its GHG calculator, to estimate emissions from farms throughout New Zealand and to explore drivers of differences in emissions, as well as to run scenarios across sheep, beef and dairy farms to understand the impact of farm management decisions on emissions. FARMAX has been a key tool in programmes like FRNL where it was central to modelling and measurement on the sheep and beef farms over five years. 

Scottie Chapman

CEO and director, Spring Sheep Milk Co.

Scottie Chapman grew up on a sheep and beef farm near Kurow in the Waitaki Valley. After completing his Marketing Management Degree at Otago University, Scottie spent 13 years based in Japan with Asia-wide responsibilities for a range of Food and Beverage companies including Zespri. Upon returning to NZ in 2005, Scottie and his business partner purchased Redwood Cellars in Nelson and 7 years later sold it to Heineken on the back of the success of their Old Mout Cider brand. Scottie then founded SLC Group as a vehicle to market and invest in NZ Agri-businesses. Scottie’s latest investment is Spring Sheep Milk Co. - a 50/50 public-private partnership between SLC and Pāmu, designed to prove New Zealand can create long-term sustainable value by replicating branded agri-business models like Zespri. 

Stuart Hall

Deputy Chief Executive - Commercial Partnerships, AgResearch

Bio to come. 

Susan Kilsby

Agriculture economist, ANZ

Susan joined ANZ Bank in the role of Agriculture Economist in late 2018 where she is responsible for producing forecasts and publications for the primary sector, and keeping abreast of policy changes. She previously headed up NZX’s team of analysts providing leading intelligence on a range of agricultural sectors including dairy, sheep, beef and forestry. Susan studied agricultural economics at Massey before joining ANZ’s graduate programme. She was raised on a dairy farm in Taranaki, but now lives with her family on a small sheep and beef farm in Martinborough.

Tanira Kingi

Emeritus Scientist, Scion

Dr. Tanira Kingi (Ngati Whakaue/Te Arawa) is an agricultural economist with Scion, with over 30 years’ experience in the primary industry sector. He previously led a team at Scion that modelled production system and land use change alternatives to meet multiple (and often competing) objectives. He has a PhD in agricultural economics and development from the Australian National University and an MAppSci (Hons) in agricultural systems management from Massey University. Tanira is currently a member of a number of ministerial advisory groups for freshwater, climate change and the Māori agribusiness sector; and holds several directorships and governance positions on land-based entities including the chair of the Te Arawa Arataua (Te Arawa Primary Sector Group), and directorships on Pāmu (Landcorp Farming) and other Māori economic authorities. Tanira is affiliated to Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Rangitihi, Te Arawa waka).

Warren King

Science impact leader, AgResearch

Warren is a senior scientist and science impact leader in the Farm Systems team based at Ruakura in Hamilton. His research is focused on the ecology and management of grazed pastures and includes pasture establishment, persistence, diversity and production - as well as the interaction with the environment. Assessment of the value that pastoral technologies generate is a key theme that runs through his work with the dairy, red meat and dairy goat industries. Warren has a Doctorate of Philosophy majoring in plant ecology from the University of Otago.

Warren Parker

Chair, FarmIQ and managing director, Warren's Insights Ltd.

Dr. Warren Parker is currently Chair of FarmIQ and a Director of Farmlands Cooperative, Quayside Holdings and Focus Genetics. He also Chairs the Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group and the Griffith Enterprise Strategic Advisory Board (the technology commercialisation unit for Griffith University) and is a member for the Advisory Board for Genomics Aotearoa. He was a member (& Chair) of the New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) from 2011- 2018 and PF2050 Ltd from 2016-2021. His executive career included being Chief Executive Officer of Scion (2011- 2017) and Landcare Research (2005-2011); and Chief Operating Officer for AgResearch Science. Prior to joining AgResearch, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Agribusiness and Resource Management at Massey University.

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