Programme Team

Programme Leader

The course is led by Programme Leader, Dr Scott Champion who is a respected agribusiness professional and academic with design thinking experience. He brings this approach to the design and facilitation of the programme.

Scott was the previous CEO of Beef+LambNZ, and has held positions as CEO of the NZ Meat Board, GM, Market Access & Services, Meat & Wool NZ; Research, Development & Product Innovation Manager, The New Zealand Merino Company. He has also held researching and teaching roles at the University of Tasmania. Scott is able to bring the principles and practice together from across sectors. 



The Presenters

We are fortunate to have the support of highly respected and quality presenters and contributors including many of the Chairs & CEO’s of New Zealand’s agri-food sector, delivering into the programme content and sharing their experiences personally and professionally.

These presenters include industry leaders such as John Wilson, Fonterra; Juliet Maclean, formally Synlait Milk & Farms, Julain Raine, Horticulture NZ; Andrew Watters, My Farm, Michael Spaans, DairyNZ; Lain Jager, Zespri; John Penno, Synlait Milk, Alison Watters, Professional Director; Murray Taggart, Alliance; Mike Peterson, NZ Agriculture Ambassador; Ian Proudfoot, KPMG  to name a few.

Leading topic specialists are engaged to deliver some of the leadership skills and tools including David Nottage, World Champion Toastmaster, Corene Walker, Coach Approach, Horizons, the Minister of Agriculture Damian O’Connor, Nathan Guy, the former  Minister of Primary Industries, Barbara Kuriger, and business leaders such as and many more who change from course to course.

Programme Coordinator

The programme's logistics are managed from the office by our programme coordinator Lisa Rogers, who has the critical role to ensure that the programme runs smoothly - from catering and venues, through financials, to keeping everyone up to date and on schedule.

Lisa previously worked in the IT sector, in the finance sector and has extensive experience in similar roles in project and event management. Lisa brings strong financial and administration skills to the role.