Stakeholder Advisory Group

The Stakeholder Advisory Group (STAG) brings critical sectoral and societal perspectives to the work of the NZAGRC.

The STAG provides valuable input into how the NZAGRC’s research activities should be prioritised, considering the relevance of those activities to the needs of the primary sector. It also helps shape the direction of the NZAGRC’s outreach efforts and has input to its Integrated Solutions programme of work.

Governance Group STAG
Diagram showing the governance and advisory structure of the NZAGRC.


The STAG comprises nine members, appointed by the Chair of the Governance Group, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) via a nomination process.

Members are drawn from sector organisations, Iwi/Māori agribusiness, farmers, relevant NGOs, research organisations and public sector organisations (such as Regional Councils). The NZAGRC Director also attends STAG meetings, along with observers from MPI and MBIE.

The Chair of the STAG is a member of the Governance Group. Two members of the STAG sit on the Science Programme Advisory Group.

Current membership


NZAGRC Stakeholder Advisory Group

Nicky is an experienced advisor and company director working in the farming community and wider sector. Her skills encompass governance, business planning, farm systems, agronomy, management and leadership. She also runs a sheep, beef and arable farm with her husband in South Canterbury.


Alison is a strategic research and development leader with expertise in governance, agribusiness, academia and commercial companies. She is Chief Executive of the Foundation for Arable Research. Alison is an applied plant scientist with a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Stirling in Scotland.

Nicholson (Ngāti Ruanui)

Claire has extensive expertise in veterinary science and animal health, rural marketing, business development, technical research and governance. She is also involved in several Māori agri-business ventures.

Taituha (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngā Puhi)

Charles is an experienced Māori agri-business professional with a wealth of farming and broader primary sector knowledge.


Vera has worked internationally in agricultural research and the impact of agriculture on the environment. She is Chief Executive of the Fertiliser Association and has also worked for the Ministry for the Environment on climate and water policy.


Kate and her husband own Mt Somers Station in Canterbury, a highly diversified farming operation running sheep, cattle, deer, dairy and bees. Kate is a viticulturalist by training and also owns Sugar Loaf Wines.


George is a Waikato dairy farmer and passionate advocate for the industry. He has served on industry advisory boards and shareholder councils and held several directorships. He is one of DairyNZ’s Climate Change Ambassadors.


Lee is Managing Director of Perrin Ag consultancy. He specialises in financial analysis, agricultural systems modelling, sustainable nutrient management and agribusiness management.


Penny is Chair of Northland Regional Council and runs a dairy farm in Dargaville with her husband as well as being involved in a number of primary sector programmes.



Colin is a Principal Investment Manager at MBIE and part of the Strategic Investments team that oversees research and science funding. Colin is from the UK and has a long career working with leading technology organisations across the public and private sectors.