New chair for PGP Investment Advisory Panel

John Parker is the new chair of the Primary Growth Partnership’s independent Investment Advisory Panel.

Parker is a primary industry and governance specialist, and assumes his role as PGP Investment Advisory Panel (IAP) chair from 1 May 2016.  He replaces Joanna Perry whose tenure as Chair finishes on 30 April after nearly seven years on the IAP, including almost three as its Chair.

Making the announcement, Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy says: “IAP members use their expertise and judgement to advise on decisions about the investment of PGP funds, and to help ensure these investments achieve the aims of economic growth and sustainability.

Parker has extensive experience in both governance and in the primary industries and he understands what is required to grow value in the sector.

“Importantly, he has a good understanding of how the PGP can support innovation and the importance of investing in the right programmes.”

Parker is currently independent director of Dairy Holdings Ltd, BEL Group Ltd, Genoese Foods, the Primary Industry Training Organisation and is former chair of Tauranga Port.

“The PGP represents a major commitment by the Ministry for Primary Industries and industry to boost the productivity, profitability and sustainability across the primary sector,” says Guy.

Thanking Perry for her commitment to and leadership of the IAP, Guy says that her contribution has played a significant part in the PGP’s success to date.

Parker will join IAP members Sir Maarten Wevers, Melissa Clark-Reynolds, Steve Smith, Harry Burkhardt and Barry Brook, who has recently been appointed as deputy chair of the IAP.



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