Board Members

 

The format of our email addresses is firstname.lastname@hortnz.co.nz. For example use 'barry.oneil' and then '@hortnz.co.nz'

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Barry O'Neil

President and Chairman of Directors

022 108 7007

Roles in industry:

  • Chair Tomatoes NZ
  • Chair Kauri die back independent review panel
  • Director, Scion Research 
  • Member Food and Fibre Leaders forum
  • Member Fit for a Better World establishment group

Business:

  • Director of Keronlea Limited
  • Bay of Plenty kiwifruit grower

Study:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (with distinction) from Massey University

Awards:

  • Recipient of the Massey University Distinguished Achievement Award
  • OIE Gold medal and honorary President


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Bernadine Guilleux

Vice-President and Director

027 493 4005

Roles in industry:

  • Marketing manager, Balle Bros

Career Highlights:

  • Developing a FMCG product with true grower provenance 
  • Working with a government organisation on marketing initiatives in fresh produce
  • Lobbying on behalf of Japanese car manufacturers on the European Union’s impending environmental laws
  • Consumer insight consulting in various sectors across Europe

Study:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Business (Auckland University of Technology)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (Rene Descartes, Paris V University, France)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management,(ESSCA Business School, Hungary and France)
  • Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing and Communication (University Sciences Po Paris, France)


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Tony Howey

Director

021 318 441

Roles in industry/community:

  • Orari-Opihi-Pareora (OOP) Zone Committee representative, Environment Canterbury
  • South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce (president)

Business:

  • Vegetable and berryfruit grower, Canterbury
  • Director, Southern Packers
  • Director, Seedlands
  • Director, Grainstor
  • Director, Farmers Mill
  • Director, Ravensdown
  • Director, Ruralco
  • Director, Level Plains Irrigation Co
  • Director, Opuha Water

Study:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Agriculture
  • Nuffield Scholarship
  • Agmardt FAME Scholarship

Awards:

  • Lincoln University Farmer of the Year 
  • FMG Rural Excellence Award


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Hugh Ritchie

Director

027 444 1224

Roles in industry:

  • Chairman / Eastern North Island representative for Foundation for Arable Research (FAR)
  • Director /  Chairman of Strategic Research Committee, FAR
  • Board Member, Process Vegetables NZ
  • Advisory Board member, Waterways
  • Director, CHB Water Holdings 
  • Executive Committee member, Federated Farmers - Hawke's Bay

Business:

  • Managing Director, Drumpeel Farms


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Mike Smith

Director

027 480 5618

Roles in industry:

  • Forum Member, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated
  • Advisory Forum Member, EastPack Entity Trust
  • Member, Bay of Plenty Young Fruitgrower Committee
  • Trustee, AgRecovery Foundation

Business:

  • Shareholder/Manager, Welcome Bay Farms Ltd
  • Director/Manager, Net-Man ltd: Kiwifruit Management Company
  • Shareholder, Zespri Group Ltd
  • Shareholder, EastPack Ltd


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Brydon Nisbet

Associate Director

Roles in industry:

  • Horticulture Tutor at Eastern Institute of Technology
  • Executive Board Member, Hawkes Bay Fruitgrowers Association
  • Board Director, Rockit Apple Growers Trust

Business:

  • Owner / Director Global Harvest Limited

Background:

  • Production & Operational Orchard Management
  • Organic Horticulture and Fruit Production
  • Consultancy - Compliance (GGAP) requirements
  • NZ Local Market sales, NZ Food shows
  • Various training in Management, Human Resources and Leadership Development programmes. 


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Kathryn de Bruin

Director

027 476 5317

Business:

  • Principal - de Bruin Chartered Accountants Ltd
  • Director - AJ & KL de Bruin Ltd

Study:

  • Fellow Chartered Accountant and Certificate of Public Practice
  • Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University
  • Escalator Programme Graduate, Agri-Women’s Development Trust 


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Dr Bruce Campbell

Director

021 226 8016

Roles in industry:

  • Director, New Zealand Winegrowers Research Centre Limited
  • Chair, Northland Horticulture Careers Progression Governance Group

Business:

  • Principal, Dr Bruce Campbell Consultants Limited

Study:

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons, 1st Class) from Massey University
  • Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sheffield

Awards:

  • 2017 Prime Minister’s Science Prize, for helping the New Zealand kiwifruit industry claw its way back from the brink of destruction after the discovery of a vine-killing disease
  • 2017 Horticulture New Zealand Industry Service Award, for ensuring research promotes growth and supports New Zealand’s premium position in international markets
  • 2016 Thomson Medal, Royal Society of New Zealand for outstanding leadership of agricultural and horticultural science
  • 2014 Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science


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Murray Denyer

Director

0212442829

Roles in Industry:

  • Director and Shareholder, Rockit Global Limited
  • Shareholder and Consultant, Hop Revolution Limited

Business:

  • Consultant, Cooney Lees Morgan
  • Member, Enterprise Angels Tauranga
  • Investor, Rockit Orchard Limited Partnership and Rockit Orchard No.2 Limited Partnership

Background:

  • Partner, Cooney Lees Morgan
  • General Counsel, Zespri Group Limited
  • New Zealand diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Study:

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Auckland

Awards:

  • Service to Export Award, 2019 Bay of Plenty Export Awards


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Kate Trufitt

Director

027 809 9779

Roles in industry:

  • Group Compliance, Safety and Sustainability Manager Apata Group
  • Chair Kiwifruit Industry Health and Safety Forum
  • Member NZ Avocado Packers Forum
  • Chair New Zealand Horticulture Health and Safety Council
  • Member NZ GAP Committee

Background:

  • Health and Safety Leadership
  • Food Safety Compliance
  • Global Gap and NZ Gap Expertise
  • Market and Export Logistics
  • Various training in Management, Human Resources and Leadership Programmes