The Trustees have over the last few months been working through a process to appoint a permanent Director of the New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust. Many of you may ask why this is necessary.
We have identified that to ensure the long term viability of the scholarship within New Zealand we needed to improve our performance with our existing sponsors and create an environment that actively encourages new investment by potential sponsors. To be able to enhance and develop new and existing funding relationships was the key skill set we were looking for in the appointment process for the position of Director.>
We were delighted with the response and quality of the applicants who applied. From this strong field we would like to announce that we have engaged Richard Green of Ashburton to fill this role. Richard is in his early 40’s, married to Vicky with three children. He has a strong background and experience in agriculture and business and a passion for rural leadership. A brief outline of his working career is as follows:
- BAg Com Lincoln
- Agricultural Business Consultant for Agriculture NZ
- Director of Sales and Marketing of Agricom NZ Ltd (now part of PGG Wrightson)
- International Seed Business Manager for PGG Wrightson
- Director of a number of companies involved in agribusiness and other sectors
We are sure all scholars will join with us in welcoming Richard to the Nuffield fold. He attended the Wellington section of the Contemporary Scholars Conference to meet his international colleagues and contemporaries.
He is due to start in this part time contract position officially in early April. Please, if you should happen to meet him make yourself known.
This appointment is a major development for the NZ Nuffield Scholarship program and we are confident that Richard will bring his range of skills to enhance the way we operate. Barbie Barton will continue in her role with the secretariat work for New Zealand Nuffield allowing Richard to fully concentrate on the relationships needed to add real value to our sponsors.
For more information
Richard Green, New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust Director, 03 307 8159,0274 973 692
Stuart Wright, New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust Chairman, 021 329 763