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Our board represent a wealth of knowledge and insight in New Zealand agricultural and business sector

Our board

Our Board of Directors have been selected for their extensive experience within their particular fields. Collectively they represent a wealth of knowledge and insight in the New Zealand agricultural and business sectors.

Meet the Focus Genetics board

Andrew MacPherson

ANDREW MACPHERSON
Chairman
BVSc, MBA (dist), FNZIM

Andrew was most recently the General Manager – Commercial Development at Landcorp Farming Group and has been a member of the Focus Genetics Board since the formation of the company in 2012. He was appointed as Chair mid-2017.

Previously he has had a number of CEO roles including AgVax Developments Ltd, Canesis Network Ltd, Intervet New Zealand Ltd and Nimmo-Bell & Company Ltd. Andrew is a director of Focus Genetics and a former director of AgResearch Ltd, Animal Health Board Inc, Johne’s Disease Research Consortium and Equestrian Sports New Zealand Inc and the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium.

Steve McJorrow

STEVE MCJORROW

 

Steve was appointed to the board in 2017.  He is the Chief Financial Officer for Landcorp Farming Limited and has a strong range of skills and experience in finance, strategy development and private equity. He has held financial leadership roles in various companies including CFO of the Bennelong Group, a large Australian private equity firm, Group Financial Controller of AWB (Australian Wheat Board), Head of Decision Support for the National Australia Bank Retail Banking Division (Melbourne), and for Personal Financial Services, Bank of New Zealand (Auckland).

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HAYLEY GOURLEY

Hayley was appointed to the board in 2019.  She is a director of Landcorp Farming Limited and is an agricultural economist with more than 20 years experience, in New Zealand and globally; financing, advising and working with agribusinesses throughout the value chain. Hayley has most recently been General Manager, Country Banking New Zealand at Rabobank successfully leading and growing a business with assets of more than $10bln, 32 offices and more than 200 people.  Previously she has held leadership roles in Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory team and Rabobank’s Corporate Credit team in London.

Hayley’s broad experience in risk analysis and management is complemented by a strong background in communication, change and people leadership – ultimately focused on contributing to the success of agribusiness companies.

Sarah Park

SARAH PARK

Sarah was appointed to the Focus Genetics Board in 2015. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh. Sarah has a good executive pedigree gained from working in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets teams at HSBC Investment Bank (UK) and the PwC (NZ) and in the venture capital arena in the US and Asia.

A strong foundational executive career has progressed into multiple roles in governance in New Zealand.  Areas of experience and interest include infrastructure, biotech, genetics, agriculture, wine and viticulture, media, innovation, capital markets, M&A and Audit & Risk.

Along with her directorship at Focus Genetics Partnership Ltd, Sarah also sits on the boards of HBAL  and Eurogrow Potatoes Ltd and is a trustee on the Hereworth School Trust Board. She is also the Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee for HBAL and Focus Genetics.

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