Foundation Trustees

Adrienne Wilcock

Chair, representing DairyNZ

Adrienne is a dairy farmer from Matamata with 30 years practical experience in the dairy industry, working alongside her husband, Warwick. She manages the finance and administration for their business, rears the calves and helps out as required. Prior to this, Adrienne had a brief career in banking.

Whilst raising a family, she has also been actively involved in numerous community organisations and sports clubs, regularly taking on the roles of treasurer or president.

Adrienne is a graduate of the Escalator programme, a year long course in governance and leadership run by the Agri Womens Development Trust.

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Mark Ross

Representing Agcarm
(Agricultural Chemical and Animal Remedies Manufacturers’ Association)

Mark was appointed chief executive of Agcarm in February 2015.

He has an Executive MBA from Massey and agricultural qualifications from Lincoln University. Prior to Agcarm, he spent seven years as general manager of policy and advocacy at Federated Farmers, and 12 years at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

ANDERS CROFOOT

Representing Federated Farmers

Anders lives and farms with his family at Castlepoint Station, a large sheep and beef property in the Wairarapa. He holds a number of positions including on the National Board of Federated Farmers (he was also Wairarapa Provincial President for four years), on the executive of the NZ Grassland Association (two years as President), and director of Grow Wellington, the economic development agency for Greater Wellington.

Prior to emigrating from the US in 1998, he earned a double degree in Computer Science and Psychology from Dartmouth, worked in hospitality and construction, set up a computer consulting practice and worked as a quantitative analyst.

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MIKE SMITH

Representing Horticulture New Zealand

Mike has been in the kiwifruit business for more than 20 years, and has a background in dairy farming and the stock and station industry. He is an alumni of the HortNZ Leadership Programme, a member of the New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc Forum and the kiwifruit industry representative to the Horticulture Industry Forum. Mike is also chair of the Green Kiwifruit Growers Association and a member of the Bay of Plenty Young Fruitgrower Committee.

Mike is also a kiwifruit grower, shareholder and manager of Welcome Bay Farms Ltd, and a director and manager of Net-Man Ltd: Kiwifruit Management Company. He was appointed as trustee to the Foundation in 2015.

RICHARD OLDS

Representing distributors of agrichemicals and over-the-counter animal health products.

As a 25-year veteran in the retail and distribution environments, Richard has largely been involved with the supply chain function.

Richard is the Head of Supply Chain for PGG Wrightson, covering the Retail and Water Group – a role he has held since 2010.

“I’m motivated to see the wider industry protected, enhanced and advanced,” he says.

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DAVID MOLLOY

Representing Rural Contractors New Zealand

David joined as a Trustee in March 2013 and represents Rural Contractors New Zealand, the national association for contractors primarily in agriculture, horticulture and viticulture.

He is Managing Director for Molloy Agriculture Limited – a spraying business he started with his wife Sonia in 1985 – which now sprays over 100,000 hectares each year and employs 16 full time staff, plus an independent agronomy service, Mountainview Agronomy.

Before starting in the spraying business, David was involved in a family farming operation and maintains his passion for farming, along with a keen interest in sports, fishing and the great outdoors.  He lives in Methven with Sonia, and enjoys spending time with their two adult daughters.

ALEC MCNEIL

Representing Marlborough District Council
(on behalf of local government)

Alec joined as a Trustee in November 2016 and brings a local authority perspective to the table. He is the Solid Waste Manager at Marlborough District Council responsible for the regions waste management, including minimisation strategy and service delivery.

He has been involved in the waste industry since the 1990s, working in senior management and directorship roles within the UK corporate sector and start-up companies, before emigrating to New Zealand in 2008. He lives with his wife and two children in Blenheim.

Co-ordinating public and private sectors and progressing product stewardship are Alec’s priorities.

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