Board of Directors
As a programme of OSPRI New Zealand, we are governed by a Board of Directors appointed by member organisations. The Board of Directors are fully accountable to the member organisations, and also have responsibilities to the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Jeff Grant (Chairman)
Jeff farms sheep, beef and deer at Balfour in Southland and has extensive agri-business and rural sector leadership experience. Jeff is chairman of Mount Linton Station and AgResearch. He is a director of Predator Free NZ 2050, SBS Bank, Finance Now, New Zealand Young Farmers, and Southern Institute of Technology; and a former chairman of the New Zealand Meat Board, Meat and Wool New Zealand, and the Primary Industry Council. He has also served as a Member of Parliament.
Lesley has more than 20 years’ experience in the primary production sector. She brings vast experience in working with government agencies and ministers, and an ability to lead change and manage diverse and complex industry stakeholder interests. Lesley is currently the chief executive of Commercial Fisheries Services Limited (FishServe) and is also a director of FINNZ, a subsidiary consulting company of FishServe. Lesley’s areas of expertise include strategic and business planning, budgeting, cost recovery processes, policy development and preparation of legislation, and converting legislation into operational systems.
Barry is a company director with extensive governance and executive experience. Barry has held a number of chief executive roles, including with Environment Waikato, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hamilton City Council. He was also a senior executive with Fonterra for five years. Barry is currently director of DairyNZ, Primary ITO and WEL Networks. Previous boards have included CentrePort; RD1; International Nutritionals; Hamilton Riverside Hotels; and Local Authority Shared Services. Barry has a Master of Agricultural Science (Honours) and lives in Hamilton.
Deborah joined the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) as the Deputy Director-General Policy and Trade in February 2013. Before joining MPI, Deborah was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for 18 months, where she was the advisor on state services, Better Public Services, defence, sport and recreation, and a member of the Officials’ Committee on Economic Growth and Infrastructure. Prior to this, Deborah spent over 15 years in various roles in health. She holds an MSc (London School of Economics), MAppSc (University of South Australia), CertTT (Waikato Polytechnic), and a DipPhys (Auckland Institute of Technology).
Mike is a Hamilton-based director. Mike currently holds directorships on the boards of Panuku Development Auckland, Kiwirail, NIWA and Te Atiawa Iwi Holdings. He is also Chairman of BNZ Partners, Waikato Region. His executive career includes CEO of Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) for eight years and senior executive roles for companies including Port of Tauranga, Fonterra, NZ Dairy Group and Elders Pastoral. His governance background includes six years as a shareholder and director of NZL Group Ltd, seven years on the Transpower Board and a Ministerial appointment to the University of Waikato Council. Mike holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne and an FCA from the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.
Fenton is a Councillor of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, and has represented the Wairoa constituency since 2009. Born in Waipukurau and educated in Frasertown, Wairoa and Hastings, Fenton has worked most of his life in the Wairoa district. He farms a 235ha sheep and beef property with his wife Sue and is Chairman of the Wairoa Community Development Trust, a trustee of Predator Free New Zealand and a director of Hawke’s Bay Tourism.