Board

Agcarm is governed by an 11-member board elected by members.

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President: Gavin Kerr
(Nufarm)

With a diverse agricultural background, Gavin’s focus is ensuring that the crop protection and animal health industries continue to deliver innovative solutions for our farmers and growers.

“It's a privilege to work in an industry that helps farmers and growers to provide healthy and nutritious food as it continues to strive for sustainable outcomes for our people, animals and the environment.

"There is no better industry to work in than agriculture,” states Gavin.

Gavin manages the Nufarm New Zealand business where he enjoys developing great teams, driving strategic innovations, solving problems, creating value-added customer solutions, and developing planned and proactive solutions for a rapidly changing industry.

Having started his career as an agronomist, he has first-hand experience of the value these solutions can provide for growers in the field. This experience has helped him to keep the end-user front of mind when developing any innovative solutions and opportunities.

Gavin is a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne.

Outside of work, he is kept busy with a young family of four who thoroughly enjoy the amazing number of outdoor activities and sports on offer in New Zealand.

Gavin is driven by progression in all that he undertakes, both professionally and personally.

Vice President: Vanessa Macdonald
(Zoetis)

Vanessa Macdonald is the General Manager and Chair of the Board of Directors of Zoetis NZ Ltd - the biggest animal health pharmaceutical company in New Zealand. She has more than 20 year's experience in the sector, in many different capacities across many countries and continents.

Vanessa graduated as a veterinarian from the Vet School of Toulouse, France. In making Aotearoa her home in early 2015, she discovered her passion for the country's primary industries. She believes that there is a bright future for both crop and animal farming on the global trade market, despite the challenges facing both industries.

Watch Vanessa express her views of New Zealand's primary industries on Country TV:

Vanessa is committed to making Agcarm member's voices heard by regulators, government officials and policy makers.

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Immediate Past President: Pauline Calvert
(MSD Animal Health)

Pauline has a strong interest in agriculture and the ever-changing political environment that impacts the crop protection and animal health industries.)

In addition to being the New Zealand Livestock Business Unit Lead for MSD Animal Health, Pauline is an active member of the Pharmacology Chapter of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and is an examiner for the Chapter.

Prior to joining MSD Animal Health in 2014, Pauline spent nearly two decades as a field veterinarian in mixed animal practice, before venturing into the regulatory environment – joining the Ministry for Primary Industries as veterinary adviser within the ACVM group.

Pauline has a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University.

Manufacturer representatives

Derek Bartlett

Derek Bartlett
(Elanco)

Derek joined Bayer in South Africa over 30 years ago - directly after obtaining a BSc Honours degree in parasitology. His first job was as a research officer at the company's animal health research farm. From there he quickly moved into marketing and, in the early ’90s, spent three years at the head office in Germany.

After returning to South Africa, he managed a variety of functions for Bayer in sub-Saharan Africa - including responsibilities for livestock, companion animal and environmental science marketing and sales.

In 2005 he moved to Vietnam as Country Head for Animal Health. Subsequent to this he led Bayer’s animal health business in South Asia. In 2010, Derek moved to Belgium to take up the role of Country Head for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Finally, Derek moved to New Zealand in 2013 to take up the role of Country Head for Bayer Animal Health NZ, which is now Elanco following a company merger in August 2020.

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Hayden Toy
(FMC)

Hayden has been involved in crop protection manufacture for over 22 years. Prior to FMC NZ Ltd, Hayden worked for Nufarm (4.5 years) and DuPont (17 years) before it was acquired by FMC in 2018.

Hayden has gained extensive experience in all major market segments involving crop protection products, including project and product management and strategic business planning. During his time with Nufarm, Hayden also gained experience in animal health markets.

Prior to working for manufacturers of crop protection products, Hayden worked in rural retail for four years.

Key drivers for Hayden are product stewardship, sustainability and passion for agriculture and horticulture that has not dimmed from his early working days.

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Nicola Smith
(Syngenta)

Nicola is the New Zealand Regional Manager for Syngenta. She enjoys being part of an exciting local industry that plays such a vital role to support the export of NZ produce.

She graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies and has an agricultural career spanning over 20 years in marketing, sales, manufacturing and product development within the crop protection industry – as well as animal health. This broad career has developed a strong skill set in communication, management, innovation and strategic thinking.

Nicola has also worked for Nufarm NZ and represented the crop protection industry on the board of the Pasture Renewal Charitable Trust for five years, gaining experience in governance, political influence, collaboration and 'industry good' strategy.

Nicola takes a keen interest in the environmental, social and political challenges that are facing our industry from a regional and global perspective.

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Darryl Stretton
(Kiwicare)

Darryl started his career with New Zealand’s leading Horticulture Crown Research Institute - Plant & Food Research and went on to lead Bayer’s Horticulture Portfolio across Australia. He then moved into distribution with Farmlands Co-operative heading up the crop protection and group fertiliser business. At the start of 2021, Darryl was appointed to the executive team of Kiwicare Holdings Ltd (a privately held firm operating across Australia and New Zealand with more than 130 staff).

This cumulative experience gives Darryl an intrinsic understanding of what Agcarm needs to do to optimise membership value across the board, especially considering the changes that our industry needs to navigate through.

In his current role with Kiwicare Holdings Ltd, Darryl represents New Zealand’s leading supplier of pest and weed control products in the consumer retail space. He represents a business invested equally in animal health and vermin control remedies which operate at the forefront of the Predator Free 2050 movement. Darryl also works with the local and central government in this space.

Darryl's multidimensional experience, in combination with his animal and plant science involvement, gives him an equal weighting in both key areas Agcarm stands for.

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Chris Young
(Boehringer Ingelheim)

Chris is the Regulatory Affairs Manager at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health NZ. He has held regulatory positions with Bomac Animal Health and the animal health and crop science divisions of Bayer. He also spent two years with GlaxoSmithKline in London.

With experience in the veterinary medicine, crop protection and human pharmaceutical industries, Chris enjoys collaborating with industry and regulators to tackle challenges and encourage efficiencies in our industries.

Distributor member representatives:

Richard Olds

Richard Olds
(PGG Wrightson)

As a 25-year veteran in the retail and distribution environments, Richard has largely been involved with the supply chain function.

Richard is the Head of Supply Chain for PGG Wrightson, covering the Retail and Water Group – a role he has held since 2010.

"I’m motivated to see the wider industry protected, enhanced and advanced," he says.

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Chris Binns
(Horticentre)

Having grown up on an apple orchard in the Tasman, Chris has been involved with horticulture from an early age.

Chris's background includes six years with CRT and two years with Wrightson, before joining Tasman Crop Protection in 2001 as a Technical Field Rep. He progressed to managing the Tasman crop business when Horticentre purchased it in 2006. Chris has held the role of National Agchem Manager for the Horticentre Group for the last three years.

Outside of the workplace, Chris is heavily involved in the Rugby scene throughout the Tasman region, including coaching and club administration.

Associate member representative:

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Rebecca Fisher
(Market Access Solutionz)

Rebecca’s expertise lies in the area of agrichemical regulation. She works with crop protection members and grower groups on crop protection strategy development, registration of new actives and EPA reassessments.


Rebecca previously worked within the ACVM Group at the Ministry for Primary Industries and has an excellent knowledge of crop protection registration requirements. Rebecca is also the Executive Manager for Citrus NZ.