New PGP Investment Advisory Panel Chair announced

  • Nathan Guy
Primary Industries

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed John Parker as the new Chair of the Primary Growth Partnership’s independent Investment Advisory Panel (IAP).

Mr Parker is a primary industry and governance specialist, and assumes his role as 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.

“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,” says Mr Guy.

“Mr 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.”

Mr 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 Mr Guy.

“I want to thank Ms Perry for her commitment to and leadership of the IAP.  Her contribution has played a significant part in the PGP’s success to date.”

Mr 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.

About the Primary Growth Partnership

  • The PGP aims to boost the value, productivity and profitability of our primary sector through investment between government and industry. It provides an essential springboard to enable New Zealand to stay at the forefront of primary sector innovation.
  • Government and industry are co-investing $727 million over time into 21 PGP programmes (2 completed and 19 underway).
  • Decisions on whether or not to approve a programme are made by Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries, under recommendation from the independent Investment Advisory Panel (IAP).
  • PGP programmes are generally long-run programmes of five to seven years’ duration and are subject to oversight and monitoring by an independent Investment Advisory Panel and MPI.
  • Monitoring requirements include programme steering groups, quarterly progress reporting, annual plans, financial audits, and progress reviews, along with evaluation of the overall programme.  Government funding is only released to programmes on receipt of invoices for work completed in accordance with programme plans.
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