Meet the Board
David Brownrigg, Brownrigg Agriculture Group Ltd
David is co-owner and Company Director, along with his brother Jonathan, of privately owned Brownrigg Agriculture Group Ltd; one of the largest farming businesses in New Zealand. The business is based in the highly productive region of Hawke’s Bay and comprises about 10,000 hectares of freehold and leasehold land. The diversified business operations span livestock and cropping, with David managing the livestock enterprises, encompassing lamb and bull finishing, Wagyu cattle breeding and live export. David was schooled in the central Hawke’s Bay, holds an MBA with Distinction from Massey University, and is the third generation Brownrigg on the land.
Greg Lambert, Research Consultant
Greg recently retired from AgResearch after 40 years as an agricultural systems scientist and science manager. He has an M.Agr.Sci (Massey University) and PhD (Pennsylvania State University). Much of his research has involved aspects of pasture performance, fertiliser responses and animal production in sheep and beef systems. Greg has also been involved in various extension initiatives including the Meat NZ pasture quality workshops and the Wise N Use programme. He is currently a part-time farmer near Halcombe in the Manawatu, and a research consultant.
Dr Tom Richardson, Chief Executive, AgResearch
Dr Tom Richardson has been Chief Executive of AgResearch since September 2010. Originally from the United States, Dr Richardson has worked in New Zealand and Australian science for more than 20 years. He spent 17 years with the New Zealand Forestry Research Institute (Scion) - 13 as a practising scientist and science manager and five years as CEO. He has had frequent assignments on advisory boards, external review panels and international science and trade delegations, and currently serves on many governance bodies including DEEResearch, EpiGen, Grasslanz Technologies Ltd, South Island Dairy Development Corp, ScienceNZ (Chair), Waiariki Institute of Technology, and two New Zealand Centres of Research Excellence (Riddet Institute and Gravida – the National Research Centre on Growth and Development).
Phil Tither, AgFirst Hawke's Bay
Phil is a director and agricultural consultant for AgFirst. His agricultural experience spans over 25 years, working with Agriculture NZ MAF and MAFF in the UK before joining AgFirst. Areas of expertise include a whole farm approach, and financial management and analysis, and he enjoys working with progressive farming businesses to help them achieve further success. Phil has clients in the Hawke's Bay and Central North Island, but work has also taken him to the South Island, Australia and Chile working with a variety of farming ventures.