Our Board

The Board of Directors are responsible for governing and monitoring our organisations performance. They make sure we manage the Government, industry, private and public assets in our care.

Director Vacancy

Board tenure cycles are coming up.  View the Director Position Description.

Interested parties should submit their applications via the Director Selection Panel for review. Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 21 March 2018.

For further information or to lodge an application please contact jennifer.gleadhill@primaryito.ac.nz



Mark Darrow


Mark is an experienced businessman and director.

For the past 10 years he has been involved in governance roles across a broad range of industries including automotive, agriculture, manufacturing, health and education.

Mark holds a number of Directorships including ministerial appointments with NZTA and Counties-Manukau DHB, and Board roles including with The Lines Company, Balle Bros Group, Motor Trade Association (MTA), Armstrong Motor Group, Signum Holdings and Courier Solutions along with private investment companies.

Mark’s previous Directorships included Dekra New Zealand (VTNZ), Charlie’s Group Limited, the New Zealand Motor Industry Training Organisation (MITO) and as Trustee for Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ).


Barry Harris

Barry was Group Director of Fonterra Milk Supply and was on the Fonterra Leadership Team for five years.

He is currently a Director of DairyNZ, OSPRI, RMF Holdings and WEL Networks, and Chairman of Food Innovation Waikato. Barry is also a Board member of the NZ Food Innovation Network, Waikato River Authority and NAIT Access Panel.

Barry has served as the CEO of Hamilton City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Environment Waikato. He was previously the Deputy Chair of AgResearch and a Board member of Hamilton Riverside Hotels, RD1, International Nutritionals Ltd and CentrePort.


Chris Flatt

Chris has been the National Secretary of the NZ Dairy Workers Union (DWU) since August 2012.

In this capacity, Chris is also a Director on several Boards including the Waikato Trade Union Centre Ltd and the Centre for High Performance Work Ltd. He also served as a Director on the NZITO Board prior to the merger with Primary ITO.

Chris is an Associate Member of Governance New Zealand (formerly NZ Chartered Company Secretaries) and was the General Secretary of the NZ Labour Party from 2009 to 2012.

Chris has also worked as a private practice employment lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) from Waikato University.


Richard Wanhill

Richard is the Director of Business Development for Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre. Prior to joining Taratahi, he was the Director of Business Development for the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec). Previous roles have included Co-founder and Director of Business Development for Thoughtplanters, a horticultural education and consultancy business.

Richard is currently the Chair of the New Zealand - China Agriculture Growth Partnership (Dairy Farmer Training Project). He was the Chair of the United States-based International Society of Arboriculture’s Exam Writing Committee (2012 - 2015) and is a Certified Director with the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

He has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Diploma in Agriculture Management (Arboriculture).



Robyn Clements

Robyn has over 20 years management and governance experience in the agribusiness and primary sector with a focus on Dairying, Sheep and Beef. Robyn was formerly a Fonterra Shareholder Councillor, and both Co-Founder and past Chair of Dairy Womens Network. She is also a member of New Zealand Global Women (since 2010) and the Institute of Directors (since 2008).

Robyn is currently Trustee of a family Dairy Support and Drystock farm in the Waikato, a Board member of Agriculture Services Limited (ASL), and a Director of Basketball New Zealand.


Traci Houpapa

Traci is an award-winning company director and a recognised industry leader. She currently Chairs Landcorp, FOMA the Federation of Māori Authorities, W3 Wool Unleashed PGP and the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women.

She holds governance roles within a wide range of other organisations including the Waikato River Authority, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan NZ Forest Investments, Hineuru Holdings Limited and Predator Free 2050.

Traci is also an Honorary Advisor to the Asia NZ Foundation and a ministerial appointee on the Victoria University Council.


Jane von Dadelszen

Jane is an independent consultant providing advice and analysis to government agencies and educational organisations in New Zealand and internationally. She is a Council Member of the Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and a member of the HKCAAVQ task force reviewing accreditation criteria and standards.

Until December 2015, Jane was Deputy Chief Executive, Quality Assurance, at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) responsible for regulating the quality of tertiary and vocational education and the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). Previously, for ten years, Jane led tertiary education policy at the Ministry of Education.

Jane’s government experience also includes gender issues, crime and justice issues, family violence, child protection, alcohol and drug issues, and climate change and natural resource management.


Pamela Storey

Pamela has been involved in the New Zealand primary sector for many years as Managing Director of a Waikato-based dairy farming enterprise, as well as holding senior executive and governance roles across a variety of industries.

Pamela is currently a Trustee of the Dairy Women’s Network, Board Chair of the Waikato Environment Centre, Chair of the Waikato Rabobank Client Council and member of the Dairy Environmental Leaders Forum. She is a previous Board member of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ), Access HomeHealth, and the US-based Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership.

Pamela has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University (USA) and an MBA from University of Reading Henley School of Business in the UK.