The INZB programme is supported by a number of groups that provide governance functions, industry perspectives and technical review.
Programme Governance Group (PGG)
The committee, referred to as the PGG, provide executive support and exercise decision making relevant to the management of the INZB Programme. It consists of an Independent Chair, two MPI appointees and two B+LNZ appointees.
Dr. Helen Anderson, Independent Chair
Helen has had extensive experience in research, government and governance. She has a PhD in seismology from Cambridge University and was an active researcher for many years. She was Chief Scientific Adviser and then Chief Executive at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology until 2010 when she moved to become a professional director.
Helen currently chairs the boards of Scion and Studio Pacific Architecture. She is also a director of Antarctica NZ and member of the NZ Advisory Board of The Nature Conservancy.
Dan Brier, General Manager - Farming Excellence & B+LNZ Genetics
Dan was appointed as B+LNZ’s Genetics General Manager in October 2019. Dan practiced as a veterinarian in Te Awamutu, Gisborne and Wales before running an award-winning sheep and beef farm near Te Awamutu. In 2013, he started a role at Landcorp/Pamu overseeing the organisation’s northern and eastern North Island sheep and beef properties before joining Beef + Lamb New Zealand.
Dan is the B+LNZ Farming Excellence General Manager – a role which encompasses research, genetics, farm planning, product development and extension design. With responsibility for executing the Farming Excellence strategy, Dan’s teams are looking to find solutions to farmers challenges to help them remain profitable and sustainable.
Andrew Beijeman / CEO Ātihau-Whanganui Inc
Appointed CEO in 2014, Andrew has played a key role in the development of Ātihau-Whanganui Inc with a view to fulfilling its purpose of helping land and people flourish together. Well-versed in both agriculture and business leadership, Andrew was raised on a farm in Rangitaiki, has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture and Horticulture, an MBA from Victoria University and joined Ātihau from a senior role at Landcorp. Andrew is supported by his wife, Sarah, daughter Belle and son Otis.
Daire Kirrane, Investment Manager – Sustainable Food & Fibres Futures, MPI
Daire Kirrane is the MPI Investment Manager on four Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) and Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures (SFF Futures) programmes – Informing New Zealand Beef with Beef + Lamb Genetics, Passion2Profit with Deer Industry NZ, Scale Up with Spring Sheep and Bio-security incursions in the primary sector with Onside Ltd.
Originally from Ireland, Daire has a Masters in International Business and spent five years working in monetary policy at the Central Bank of Ireland, before moving to New Zealand and joining the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Tina Paterson, Director, Business Change - Whakapakari Pūmanawa (People and Capability), MPI
Tina has a background in human resources with more recent experience focused on organisational change, culture, and capability. Since March 2022 Tina has been in the role of Director Service Delivery and Change, leading the design and implementation of a new service delivery model for People and Capability at MPI.
Prior to this Tina was Director of the Government Health and Safety Lead (GHSL) for 3.5 years, supporting MPI’s Director-General Ray Smith in his role as functional lead for public sector health and safety. The GHSL is responsible for lifting health and safety capability, performance, and maturity across 39 public sector agencies.
Industry Advisory Group (IAG)
The IAG is a group of New Zealand farmers, breeders and industry representatives who are responsible for providing objective feedback and guidance on activities in the programme. They contribute to technical discussions and provide farmer insight and perspectives to ensure the efficient and relevant delivery of the programme.
Robert Peacock, Orari Gorge Station
Dave Warburton, Warburton Livestock Ltd
Tarsh Newport, Dewes Farms
Daniel Absolom, Rissington Farms
Jim Inglis, Landcorp / Pamu
Melissa Sowden, Silver Fern Farms
Jennifer Chesterman, Koanui Herefords
Harry Faas, Performance Beef Breeders
William Morrison, Morrison Farming
Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
The TAG are a group of scientists and researchers who provide objective feedback and guidance on science-related activities in the programme. They contribute to discussions and gather information on sector needs and opportunities relating to the programme. This can involve identifying international research that will provide the operational team with insights and perspectives.
Dr Rebecca Hickson, Massey University
Dr John McEwan, AgResearch Invermay Agricultural Centre
Dr Dorian Garrick, Massey University, Ruakura Agricultural Centre
Dr Peter Amer, AbacusBio Ltd
Dr Ken Dodds, AgResearch, Invermay Agricultural Centre
Dr Wayne Pitchford, University of Adelaide
Dr Michael Lee, University of Otago
Dr Donagh Berry, Teagasc, Ireland