The New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust has appointed Chris Parsons, MNZM, DSD, as its new chief executive officer.
Chris will replace Anne Hindson on May 4, after she steps down as general manager on April 30.
NZRLT board of trustee chair Andrew Watters says NZRLT is fortunate to have someone of Chris’ calibre and experience step up to NZ’s Rural Leaders through its next stage of growth.
Hailing from the Far North, Chris has a sheep and beef background and co-owns Ashgrove Genetics Ltd. He’s a decorated Army officer, certified member of the Institute of Directors and holds master’s degrees in management and in strategy.
As part of the board’s transition plan, Chris will attend the Nuffield Triennial Conference programme in March 2020.
Andrew says the NZ farming and growing sectors are at a pivotal moment. “More than ever we need rural leaders who can perceive the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by rapid technological, environment, consumer and policy changes.”
“Chris’ expertise in strategy design, delivery, international relations and leader development will be important as Rural Leaders expands its offering and impact to keep NZ at the forefront of global agribusiness.
Chris says he’s honoured and excited to lead to NZ Rural Leadership Trust. “I believe finding, developing and mentoring future rural leaders matters to the prosperity of NZ and NZers, the protection of our environment and to thriving rural communities.”
Andrew also thanked Anne for her efforts and her service to NZRLT since her appointment in 2014. “Anne has been crucial to the establishment and development of NZRL, which runs the iconic Nuffield Scholarship and the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programmes.
“These programmes select, develop and help accelerate the leadership potential of NZ’s exceptional rural talent and the alumni of which contribute significantly to the food and fibre sector across NZ.