[12 December/Dairy News]

The Government has announced that Warren Parker has been appointed to role of chairman of state farmer Pāmu Farms (Landcorp). Mr Parker is a former chief executive of Scion (NZ Forest Research Institute) and Landcare Research, and was previously chief operating officer of AgResearch. He chairs the Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group and until recently chaired the New Zealand Conservation Authority.  He is a director of Predator Free 2050 Ltd, Farmlands Co-operative Society and Genomics Aotearoa. Mr Parker has a PhD in animal science and was previously a professor of agribusiness and resource management at Massey University. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Minister of State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones welcomed the experience that Mr Parker will bring to the role of Chair of New Zealand’s largest farming business.