Project 12:

Programme Governance and Management

Milestone 12.1
Milestone 12.2
Milestone 12.3
Milestone 12.4
Milestone 12.5
Milestone 12.6
Milestone 12.1

Programme Governance Group established

The Programme Governance Group governing the Programme will comprise of two MPI representatives, two Industry representatives, an Independent Chair, and will meet quarterly to provide effective governance and direction of the programme.

Start date:

April 1, 2020

Key milestone:

April 1, 2020 - Programme Governance Group established.

Key milestone:

June 30, 2020 - First meeting of PGG, quarterly thereafter.

Key milestone:

April 1, 2021 - Effective governance and direction of the programme.

End date:

March 31, 2027

Progress

PGG has been operating in an interim capacity since December 2019, and formally from 1 April 2020. View our governance and leadership here.

The PGG meets four times a year, as well as phone calls as required to address specific issues.  Meetings are held in January, April, July, and October.  In July or October 2021 an additional strategic planning session will also be held.

Milestone 12.2

Programme manager appointed

A full time contracted Programme Manager will be responsible for establishing and monitoring the work programme, contracting projects, managing programme finances, and liaison and reporting to the Programme Governance Group. The Programme Manager will also have a direct role in ensuring that the “Enduring Outcomes” workstream is completed.

Start date:

April 1, 2020

Key milestone:

April 1, 2020 - Programme Manager appointed and commencing the role.

Key milestone:

April 1, 2021 - Effective management of the programme at all reviews.

End date:

March 31, 2027

Progress

Programme Manager appointed 1 April 2020.

Dr Stephen Ogden – Programme Manager
Stephen is responsible for ensuring the work programme for ‘A Lighter Touch’ delivers positive outcomes for the horticulture sector. He has a sound understanding of the sector and the technical expertise that ensures the programme will succeed. Stephen has been involved in the primary sector for his entire career and is Managing Director of Market Access Solutionz which undertakes work that supports plant health research, market access, crop protection, food safety and biosecurity for various groups in the horticulture industry. Stephen holds a PhD in Zoology, has been a FAO Visiting Scientist, and held various roles during his 14 years at MPI.

Milestone 12.3

Technical leads appointed

Two Technical Leads will form the core technical capability from which the Theme 2 and Theme 3 work programmes will be driven. The Programme Manager has appointed suitably qualified and experienced persons to the Technical Lead positions. Under Themes 2 and 3, each Technical Lead will be responsible for ensuring the work programme is technically robust, and where appropriate will carry out some parts of the work.

Start date:

April 1, 2020

Key milestone:

April 1, 2020 - Technical leads appointed and performing their roles.

End date:

March 31, 2027

Progress

Technical Lead selection process was completed in March, but appointments have been delayed due to delays in signing the SFFF contract.  Appointments were made on 15th May, with Transition and Agroecology Technical Lead both starting in June 2020.

Jeff Smith – Agroecological Technical Lead
Jeff has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Horticulture Management from Lincoln University, and has worked in diverse roles including finance, orchard management, technical extension for crop protection supply companies, and since 2007 with Bayer CropScience as their Regional Sales Manager for Lower North Island/Upper South Island.  In this role Jeff has had extensive experience in technology transfer, field trials, project management, and has an excellent understanding of crop protection.  Jeff says “I believe there is a strong desire, not only within the grower community, but from all participants in the food production industry, to meet both domestic and global market demands of food safety, provenance and sustainability. Agroecology addresses these demands from all angles”.

Paul Munro – Transition Technical Lead
As the former owner of Peracto New Zealand, Paul has expertise in residue trials, efficacy studies, crop tolerance testing, and data assessment. Paul has over 30 years’ experience in providing independent, confidential contract research and development services to crop protection companies, growers and horticultural sector organisations.  More recently Paul has been working through his consultancy company, as well as advising grower organisations such as Onions New Zealand and the Vegetables Research and Innovation Board.

Milestone 12.4

Effective work programme in place and monitored

The Technical Leads will be responsible for managing projects at a technical level and will provide support to the Programme Manager, who will be ultimately responsible for ensuring the work programme is in place and delivering to contracted milestones. The Technical Leads will organise an annual programme forum with participant groups.

Start date:

April 1, 2020

Key milestone:

March 31, 2021 - Annual Programme Forum held.

Key milestone:

March 31, 2021 - Quarterly. Effective management of the work programme of each Theme as measured through reports to PGG.

End date:

March 31, 2027

Milestone 12.5

Industry representative group

The Industry Representative Group is a forum for technical dialogue with the Technical Leads and the Programme Manager. With such a diverse co-investor group this intermediary group of industry representatives will ensure that the high-level industry priorities are effectively communicated.

Start date:

April 1, 2020

Key milestone:

March 31, 2020 - Industry Representative Group established. Meetings of the Industry Representative Group organised and held 3 times per year.

End date:

March 31, 2027

Progress

IRG established informally in July 2019, formally established with programme commencement date of 1 April 2020. View our governance and leadership here.

Milestone 12.6

Reporting to Programme Governance Group

The Programme Manager will be responsible for providing quarterly progress and financial reports to the Programme Governance Group. Meetings will be held quarterly. View our governance and leadership here.

Start date:

April 1, 2020

Key milestone:

April 1, 2020 - Quarterly – Reports to the PGG.

End date:

March 31, 2027