Board of Directors

Our Board sets the Institute's strategic direction and delegates responsibility for the management of the Institute to the Chief Executive Officer.

Nicola ShadboltNicola Shadbolt, Chair

Nicola has worked in government, agribusiness, consultancy and academia and is now a Professor of Farm and Agribusiness Management at Massey University. She serves on the board of the International Food & Agribusiness Association and, as independent chair, on a large dairy farming business. She was an elected member of the Fonterra Board for nine years, was Chair of the Risk Committee and member of the Audit & Finance Committee, and served on the Board of the Manager of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund. With a breadth of experience from ingredients to FMCGs, QSR to high-end food service, she has a particular focus on sustainability and ESG. She is managing director with her husband of four farming and forestry equity partnerships based in the Manawatu. Nicola was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to agribusiness in 2018.

Parmjot BainsParmjot Bains

Parmjot Bains has strategy and science commercialisation experience in New Zealand and globally. She has held roles in strategy with McKinsey and Company, biotechnology as the former CEO of Neuren Pharmaceuticals, in agribusiness with Fonterra and more recently in the pharmaceutical industry. She trained as a medical doctor in New Zealand and has a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Colin DawsonColin Dawson

Colin Dawson has held a number of senior executive positions in the primary, secondary and tertiary health care sectors.

Formerly CEO of Otago Innovation, Colin continues to be involved in the commercialisation of research. He has held directorships with a number of biotechnology and medical companies including NZX-listed companies BLIS Technologies and Pacific Edge. He currently chairs the Boards of Tiro Lifesciences, Upstream Medical Technologies and Certus Bio and sits on the MARS Bioimaging Board. Colin is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and is involved in horticulture via a Central Otago export cherry orchard and small vineyard.


Andrew von DadelszenAndrew von Dadelszen

Andrew von Dadelszen has held diverse governance and leadership roles, including central and local government and corporate governance, finance and investment advice, large-scale farming, service industries and the not-for-profit sector. Andrew is qualified with an MBA from Henley Management College and Brunel University, London. Andrew is a Justice of the Peace and a Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor. He is also an Independent Hearings Commissioner with a Chairs Endorsement. He has previously been a member of the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority — a Crown Agency.

Wendy VenterWendy Venter

Wendy operates her own consultancy in Wellington. She is a former partner at EY, Deputy Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development and Assistant Auditor-General at the Office of the Auditor General. Wendy was an independent member of the State Services Commission’s Risk and Assurance Committee. Wendy is a chartered accountant with expertise in governance, risk management, integrity and assurance. She was born and educated in India, and came to New Zealand as a young graduate.

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