About the Investment Advisory Panel
The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund Investment Advisory Panel (IAP) provides advice on funding proposals and active projects. The IAP is an independent group made up of 6 members. The members are appointed by the Minister of Agriculture.
Lucy Griffiths (Chair)
Lucy is the owner of Innov8 Aotearoa, a company formed to assist New Zealand agri-food companies to market their products strategically with a focus on export development. Originally from Southland farming roots, Lucy has travelled the world as a Nuffield New Zealand scholar and as part of Food and Agribusiness Market Experience (FAME).
Lucy is a member of the Institute of Directors and serves on other boards, like Great South (Southland Regional Development Agency) and the Masterton Community Trust.
Zoe is a professional director who has been working in governance since 2000. She has served on the boards and subcommittees of private and listed companies, government entities, research institutes, and not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand and Australia.
Zoe's career spans over 35 years in primary industries, food and beverages, and biotechnology. Zoe specialises in science and technology, innovation, and commercialisation. She has held global leading roles with Owens Illinois, Dairy Australia Ltd, Bonlac Foods Ltd / Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, and Fletcher Challenge Forests.
Anne-Marie is an experienced manager and governor, and specialises in Māori economic development. A keen conservationist, Anne-Marie served on the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board for 6 years, and 3 as Chair. Before moving into a governance career, Anne-Marie spent 5 years as the Kaiwhakahaere (CEO) of Te Kaahui o Rauru, the Post Settlement Governance Entity for Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi iwi.
Previously, Anne-Marie was a Land Development Consultant for The Māori Trustee where she led the collectivisation of multiple land blocks to establish Te Rua O Te Moko Dairy Farm. A previous member of the Māori Land Service Ministerial Advisory Group, Anne-Marie currently serves as the director of Parininihi Ki Waitotara Incorporation and Whanganui & Partners, and is chair/trustee of Whenuakura Marae and trustee of the Agri Women’s Development Trust.
Dr Alistair Scarfe
Alistair grew up on a dairy farm in the Wairarapa. He developed a passion for applying technologies to help solve challenges in primary industries. After completing a PhD in robotics and automation, Alistair was a founder and CTO of Robotics Plus. He created and commercialised several world-first and globally awarded agritech systems, which combined technology with a variety of business models.
Alistair is also an Industry Advisory Board member at University of Waikato School of Engineering.
Mat Hocken is a farmer in the Manawatu and chairman of the Rural Innovation Lab. Mat studied law and commerce at Canterbury University and completed a Master’s in politics at Cambridge University. He won a Nuffield scholarship in 2017 and focused his international studies on innovation in agriculture. Prior to returning to the land, Mat worked on EU policy in Brussels for 5 years, including competition, climate change, innovation, and trade issues. He spent over 4 years in Sydney in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s trade finance agency. He is chair and director of general partner companies for MyFarm investments in kiwifruit, apples, vineyards, and agri-related commercial property. He is also an Advisory Board member at Massey Business School.
Based in Nelson, Andy has recently been involved in the development of AuOra, a health and wellness business of Wakatū Incorporation. Prior to this, he worked in commercialisation and business development within the aquaculture industry. Andy's interest is in development of customer focused solutions for health and nutrition, through bioactive extracts and ingredients for functional foods and nutraceuticals.
In 2018, Andy received a Nuffield Scholarship. Andy is currently involved in several Aquaculture Sector Advisory Groups and committees, including Tasman Bay Berries.
Who to contact
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