Our People

Our Board

malcolm_bailey80Malcolm Bailey (Chair)
Malcolm Bailey is a farmer and Chairman of the Dairy Companies Association of NZ. A former director of the dairy cooperative Fonterra, Malcolm is also a director of Westpac New Zealand Limited and Chairman of the Red Meat Profit Partnership. Malcolm is also Chairman of the Dairy Companies Association of NZ, and is a member of the International Food and Agriculture Trade Policy Council (IPC). He is a board member of the NZ US Council.Formerly Malcolm was National President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand, Special Agricultural Trade Envoy for the New Zealand government, and External Monetary Policy Adviser to the Reserve Bank of NZ.He lives on a beef and dairy support farm near Feilding.Malcolm has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics degree from Massey University in New Zealand.

graeme-harrisonSir Graeme Harrison
Graeme Harrison is the founder and chairman of ANZCO Foods Ltd, a New Zealand based multinational company. After 20 years as ANZCO’s managing director, he removed himself from daily management in 2004. He remains managing director of Itoham New Zealand Ltd. Graeme also serves on the boards of Sealord Group Ltd and Westland Milk Products.

mcbridePeter McBride
Peter McBride is chairman of global kiwifruit marketer ZESPRI International Limited. He has been ZGL/ZIL director since 2002, director of Zespri Innovation since 2002 and Kiwifruit Vine Health chairman since 2010. His career has been focused on agribusiness development and management in kiwifruit, apple and dairying enterprises. He and his family have a long history of investment in, and commitment to, the growth of the kiwifruit industry through their orchard holdings.

kirk-hopeKirk Hope
Kirk Hope is Chief Executive of BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s largest business advocacy body, advocating for New Zealand’s success through sustainable market-led growth. Kirk previously led the New Zealand Bankers’ Association and Financial Services Federation after holding a range of senior positions at Westpac, including Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs. A barrister and solicitor with a master’s degree in law focused on regulation of financial services, Kirk also holds a post graduate honours degree in political science.   For five years he was a member of the Commercial and Business Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society.

michael-barnettMichael Barnett
Michael Barnett is Chief Executive of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a Director of the NZ Chambers of Commerce & Industry. He is chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust and the Auckland Children’s Christmas Parade Trust. He is an elected member of the Auckland Regional Council and a Director of Willis NZ, International Risk Management Consultants and Insurance Brokers.

jamesparsonsJames Parsons
James Parsons was elected onto the board of Beef + Lamb New Zealand, (then Meat & Wool New Zealand) in 2009. In March 2014 he was appointed as Chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the New Zealand Meat Board. James is also a director of a number of other industry organisations, including the Red Meat Profit Partnership and B+LNZ Genetics Limited. James is a 2008 Nuffield Farming Scholar, and experienced sheep and beef farmer, farming a 478 ha sheep and beef property, including a sheep stud in Northland between Whangarei and Dargaville.

steve-yungSteve Yung
Steve Yung is CEO of Sealord Group, a global seafood enterprise with a worldwide fishing, processing and marketing network. Sealord is New Zealand’s best known seafood brand, with a growing presence in Australia.Prior to joining Sealord, Steve was the Managing Director of McCain Foods Australia/New Zealand. At McCain he was a member of the global Senior Leadership Team, where he gained extensive experience in multi-national food manufacturing.Steve has 30 years of broad multi-channel experience in the food industry; including FMCG, food service, manufacturing and agriculture across Australian, New Zealand and Canadian markets.

brian-stanleyBrian Stanley
Brian has an extensive senior management background in the forestry and pulp and paper industries in New Zealand. Following a 15 year career with the NZ Forest Service Brian joined Tasman Pulp & Paper Company Limited in 1978 where he held various senior operational management roles over a 22 year period. In early 2000 Brian joined the Carter Holt Harvey group where he is currently employed as General Manager Fibre for what is now Oji Fibre Solutions. Brian is a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry, and the current Chairman of both the Wood Council of New Zealand and the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association. 

alan-photoAlan Pollard
Alan was appointed Chief Executive of Pipfruit New Zealand in March 2012. A Chartered Accountant, his career spans both central government and professional service organisations. He has managed some of New Zealand’s largest law firms, including being a part of the team that put together the first trans-Tasman law firm merger. Alan has held a number of directorships including the Canterbury Development Corporation, and the Canterbury Economic Development Fund. He was President of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce for 2009 and 2010, having served as a Director since 2005.

untitled1Curtis Mercer
Curtis is Head of Institutional Relationships at the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) with overall responsibility for the delivery of world class relationship banking to BNZ’s largest corporate clients. Prior to this role Curtis was the Head of Primary within the Institutional Banking unit where he was instrumental in developing and executing on BNZ’s Primary Post-Gate Sector strategy, positioning BNZ as the market leader in this sector. Before his now 20 year banking career, he spent 2 years as a solicitor with Bell Gully.  Curtis has law and commerce degrees from the University of Canterbury and a post graduate diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from the Australian Securities Institute.

Our Executives

stephenjacobismallStephen Jacobi – Executive Director
Stephen Jacobi is managing director of Jacobi Consulting, a consultancy offering strategic advice in international trade, government relations and industry development.  Stephen is a former diplomat, ministerial advisor and chief executive.

fiona-cooper-clarkeFiona Cooper Clarke – Associate Director
As Associate Director Fiona advises on trade policy, government relations and communications, drawing on 23 years of experience in the private and public sectors.

stephanie-honeyStephanie Honey – Associate Director (ABAC)
Stephanie Honey advises on international trade policy, strategy and government relations, drawing on over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors.  Stephanie is a former trade negotiator and diplomat and also runs Honey Consulting, a trade policy consultancy.