New Zealand Management Profiles

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Kate Scott – Chair
Kate Scott


Kate Scott is based in Central Otago and is an Executive Director of Landpro Limited. Landpro is a planning and surveying company that Kate jointly founded in 2007, before which she and her husband Scott Levings were managing a 200ha dairy farm at Roxburgh, where both were involved in the day to day operation of the farm.

Kate is passionate about the primary industries and the environment, and works across a broad range of sectors, including dairy, sheep and beef, horticulture and viticulture. Kate also has extensive irrigation experience, including being the project manager for the Manuherikia Catchment.

With her Nuffield scholarship, Kate is interested in looking at ways for New Zealand to reduce its agri-enviro footprint, including benchmarking New Zealand’s environmental performance against other major agricultural nations.

Kate and Scott have three sons, George (7), Ted (3) and Henry (1 1/2), who enjoy the benefits of living close to Lake Dunstan as well as the southern ski fields from their home in Bannockburn.

Craige Mackenzie – NI Board representative
Craige Mackenzie


Craige Mackenzie is an innovative dairy and cropping farmer from Methven, New Zealand. His farms, Three Springs Dairies and Greenvale Pastures, are situated near the foothills of the Southern Alps on the Canterbury Plains, about 100km from Christchurch.

Greenvale Pastures is an intensive irrigated cropping operation growing a wide number of specialist seed crops, along with wheat and ryegrass. Many of these are for overseas markets. Three Springs Dairies is high output dairy farm milking 1050 cows on 320 ha. The farm is a fully irrigated, pasture based system with grain feeding in the dairy shed.

In 2008 Craige was recipient of a New Zealand Nuffield farming scholarship where his Study topic was ‘Understanding our Carbon Footprint in Farming Systems’. He and wife Roz were runner-up in the Lincoln University Foundation 2010 Farmer of the year. More recently in 2013 Craige and Roz were Supreme winners of the Ballance Farm Environmental Awards in Canterbury and went on to win the coveted 2013 National Ballance Farm Environmental Award "The Gordon Stephenson Trophy".

Craige and daughter, Jemma, established Agri Optics NZ Ltd, a company based on providing precision agriculture tools and services to increase the efficiency of NZ farming systems. This has recently expanded into a Joint Venture with New Zealand’s leading farming services providers, PGG Wrightson and CB Norwood Ltd. Craige has also patented the Smart N fertilizer application system which with the use of sensors can apply nitrogen in between dairy urine patches and not on them.

Craige is one of New Zealand’s two representatives to the International Society for Precision Agriculture. Craige is a former board member of SPAA - Precision Agriculture Australia and until recently he has been the chairman of PAANZ -Precision Agriculture Association of New Zealand. Craige is heavily involved in a number of industry research initiatives involving both the dairy and cropping sectors. He currently sits on NZ Government Technical Advisory Groups in the areas of ‘Water Allocation and Quality’ and 'Smart Agriculture'.

Craige was invited to sit on the Global farmer Roundtable in 2012 and 2014 in Des Moines Iowa which is side event to the World Food Prize and is now a member of the Global farmer Network and has recently been appointed to the Global Farmer Network Board. Craige was awarded the 2016 International Precision Ag farmer of the year in St Louis, USA at the Info Ag and International Precision Ag conferences in August 2016.

Craige and Roz have also recently received recognition from Environment Canterbury, receiving their ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ for their excellence and innovation in farm practices . This is the first time this award has had agricultural recipients. Craige’s focus is on utilising precision agriculture systems to maximise nutrient and irrigation efficiency for improved farm sustainability, both profit an environmental.

Chris Parsons – Chief Executive
Chris Parsons


Chris joined the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust in May 2020. New Zealand Rural Leaders manage the Nuffield NZ Scholarships and the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme. The joint management, governance and funding of the two programmes provides internationally recognised pathways for leadership in New Zealand’s primary sector.

Chris and his wife Hayley co-own Ashgrove Genetics, a hill country sheep stud and cattle farm with his brother James (2008 Nuffield Scholar) and James’ wife Janine. Before joining New Zealand Rural Leaders, Chris has had an international career with the New Zealand Military. He has master’s degrees in Management and in Strategy and a post graduate Diploma in Arts. He is a Carlisle Scholar and distinguished graduate of the United States Army War College. In 2000 he was admitted as a member in the New Zealand Order of Merit and in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Decoration. He is a Certified Member of the NZ Institute of Directors. His current areas of development are in strategic foresight and in coaching.

Passionate about the role the primary sector plays in food security and environmental wellbeing, Chris believes in the importance and the potential of rural leaders working together and across-sectors for the global good.

He waka eke noa (we are all in this together).

Lisa Rogers – Programme Co-Ordinator
Lisa Rogers


Lisa Rogers began working with Nuffield New Zealand in June 2017. She comes from a background of mainly Finance and Event Management roles including organising courses and programmes.

Lisa was born and bred in Canterbury, NZ, however in the past has lived in Wellington working as a Policy advisor in the State sector. For the last several years she has enjoyed living in Christchurch again, working in the private sector as Finance/ Credit managers and as Events Manager at one of the region’s largest Golf Clubs. Lisa particularly enjoys the contact with the rural sector in this role, helping applicants and scholars to experience the optimum Nuffield experience.

Lisa has a Bachelor's Degree in Science from University of Canterbury, is a qualified Snow Ski Instructor, and Golf Coach.

Having two sons both at University, one in Wellington and the other In Christchurch, Lisa now looks forward to getting the time to play more Golf at the weekends, travelling more and spending time with family and friends.

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