Our People

The NZAGRC is staffed by a dedicated and enthusiastic team.

The NZAGRC Director, Operations Manager, Project Analyst, International Capability and Training Coordinator, and Administrator are employed by AgResearch on behalf of the NZAGRC, and are based in Palmerston North. The Deputy Director (International) and Operations Manager (International), also employed by AgResearch, are based in Wellington.  Read more about the NZAGRC staff

The NZAGRC team includes more than 50 highly motivated scientists and technical staff delivering high quality science. This team is led by 7 experts in their field providing science leadership and advice to the NZAGRC. Read more about the NZAGRC SLT 

The NZAGRC receives direction from its Steering Group who met quarterly and oversee the NZAGRC's performance against its strategic plan. Read more about the NZAGRC SG 

The NZAGRC receives expert advice on the relevance and quality of its research programme for the international and Maori communities. See more about our advisors page for more information.

Below are some profiles of Our People and the work they do. 

  • Andy Reisinger

    Dr Andy Reisinger, NZAGRC Deputy Director (International)

    Dr Andy Reisinger joined the NZAGRC team in November 2010 from the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, based at Victoria University of Wellington. Andy spent six years working for the Ministry for the Environment as Senior Adviser on climate change and has also worked for the Inter-governmental Panel for Climate Change in the UK and in India.

    Andy is a Coordinating Lead Author for the International Panel for Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and is a New Zealand representative for the Global Research Alliance Livestock Research Group.

    Andy works from the NZAGRC Wellington office to enable robust interaction with MPI with respect to the Alliance.   Andy provides strategic support to the NZAGRC Director and leads New Zealand's science contribution to the Global Research Alliance and NZAGRC's input into the Global Research Alliance Livestock Research Group.

    Phone +64 4 472 3292   Email andy.reisinger@nzagrc.org.nz

     -- View Andy's latest presentation "Agricultural emissions: their role in climate change - past, present and future"

  • Harry Clark

    Dr Harry Clark MNZM, NZAGRC Director moved to New Zealand to study the impacts of climate change on pastoral agriculture after obtaining his PhD and working for MAFF in the United Kingdom.  Prior to leading the establishment of the NZAGRC, Harry headed up AgResearch's Climate, Land and Environment  section and was the Principal Investigator of the PGgRc from 2007 until 2010. 

    Harry sits on a number of New Zealand and international government panels & committees and is co-chair of the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance.

    Harry maintains responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the NZAGRC, science plan and operations, provides advice to the New Zealand Secretariat for the Global Research Alliance and leadership to the Global Research Alliance Livestock Research Group.

    Phone  +64 6 351 8334   Email harry.clark@nzagrc.org.nz

  • Heather Went

    Dr Heather Went, NZAGRC Operations Manager joined the NZAGRC in March 2010 from her role as a Business Development Manager at AgResearch.  Heather has a PhD in biophysical chemistry from Cambridge University and worked in London for a management consulting firm specialising in the pharmaceutical industry prior to moving to New Zealand at the end of 2005.

    Heather is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NZAGRC including the development of policies & procedures, management of advisory groups and committees, and liaison with scientists to ensure adequate completion of science goals and programmes.

    Phone +64 6 351 8305     Email: heather.went@nzagrc.org.nz

  • Kate Parlane

    Kate Parlane, NZAGRC Project Analyst moved to the Manawatu and joined the NZAGRC at the end of March 2010 after working for the Wellington City Council in their Executive administration team and as an administrator for New Zealand's export education industry body. Kate is completing her undergraduate study part time at Massey University.

    Kate manages the implementation of the NZAGRC communications activity plan including web and social media presence, oversees the production of the NZAGRC-PGgRc factsheet series and research pipelines, as well as managing day to day purchasing and invoicing for the NZAGRC and GRA contracts.

    Phone +64 6 351 8197   Email kate.parlane@nzagrc.org.nz

  • Laura Kearney

    Laura Kearney joined the NZAGRC team in March 2017 as Operations Manager (International), following two years contracting part-time to NZAGRC. Laura has previously worked for the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on climate change, economic and science policy issues at the international level. Laura has an MSc in Environmental Assessment and Evaluation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    Laura supports the NZAGRC international team to deliver on its commitments to the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). This includes coordination and communication work for the GRA’s Livestock Research Group, administering the LEARN and GRASS Awards Scheme, and overseeing contractual arrangements with MPI.


    Email: laura.kearney@nzagrc.org.nz 

  • Sinead Leahy

    Dr Sinead Leahy, NZAGRC International Capability and Training Coordinator

    Sinead joined us in October 2016 on secondment from AgResearch.

    Sinead supports the NZAGRC international team to deliver of its commitments outlined in its annual capability building plan.

    Tel: +64 6 6 3518334               Email: sinead.leahy@nzagrc.org.nz

    -- Read more about Sinead in the article "Searching deep within for methane battlers"

  • Tania Brown

    Tania Brown, NZAGRC Administrator

    Tania Brown coordinates the NZAGRC Director's diary and external commitments including travel arrangements.

    Tania coordinates travel and bookings for all NZAGRC staff and provides administrative input into events, workshops and other activities undertaken by the NZAGRC.

    Tania coordinates purchasing and invoicing for the NZAGRC.


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