Press Release: Lincoln, 28 July 2023.
The Board of the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust (Rural Leaders) has announced the appointment of Lisa Rogers, current General Manager, to the role of Chief Executive Officer.
Rogers brings nearly six years’ expertise and knowledge gained as Programmes Manager and more recently, as General Manager of the Trust.
Rogers replaces former Chief Executive Officer, Chris Parsons, who resigned in April to take up the Chief Commercial Officer role at MyFarm Investments.
Since joining Rural Leaders in 2017, Rogers has led its highly respected programmes. These include the Kellogg Rural Leadership and the Value Chain Innovation Programmes. She has also helped steer the Nuffield New Zealand Farming Scholarship, which sees up to five sector leaders embark on a period of research and international travel each year.
Bringing professionalism and insight to the Trust’s long-established leadership development platforms, Trust Chair, Kate Scott, also welcomed the stability and expertise Rogers offers.
“We are excited about Lisa’s appointment and what it will mean for the Trust. Lisa will ensure continuity of our projects, such as the Food and Fibre Leadership Development Project while also delivering a steady operational and strategic momentum, both for our investing partners and for our team.”
Rogers brings a deep understanding of Rural Leaders’ operational and strategic ambitions, along with a wealth of pan-sector influences and knowledge gained from senior management roles in food and fibre, extraction and banking and finance.
“Lisa not only brings her valuable experience to the role, she is, at her core, genuinely passionate about the people in food and fibre and the growth of its leaders,” adds Scott.
As General Manager, Rogers has been acting in the capacity of interim CEO of Rural Leaders since May.