The Trust Deed provides for up to nine trustees serving three-year terms, including one Trustee appointed by the HB Regional Council (so long as HBRC is a significant funder). Trustees appoint the other members.
John van der Linden
027 839 4748
John grew up on an Esk Valley family farm with diverse interests over time – sheep, cattle, deer, goats, mixed cropping, forestry, kiwifruit, vineyards. Later, Linden Estate Winery was established. With a Massey Hort Sc degree, he lectured at EIT for 10 years in agriculture, horticulture and viticulture. He has been a viticulturist for Church Road, Crossroads, Yealand and Villa Maria, and recently joined Corteva Agriscience. John’s a keen champion of the provenance of Hawke’s Bay and prosperous, sustainable farming. His conviction: ‘There’s always a better way’.
06 858 4343 or 027 499 0097
Raised on a family farm near Methven, Greg earned a Bachelor of Agriculture from Massey and worked in various agri-business consultancy, operations (livestock exporting) and marketing (grain) roles before beginning the farming journey in 1996 at Mangarara Station Elsthorpe. There, Greg and wife Rachel are transitioning their traditional sheep and cattle station to a farm of the future with regenerative farming systems, restoring ecosystems, tree planting, sequestering carbon and building healthy soil.
027 303 6306
Liz grew up in Mohaka, Northern Hawke’s Bay and had a number of ‘hands-on’ farming roles in Hawke’s Bay, Tararua and King Country before settling into agriculture education roles with both Taratahi and Primary ITO. Liz is now Territory Manager for Hatuma Group, advising and supplying farmers with sustainable fertiliser options in Central and Southern Hawke’s Bay.
027 307 0315
Tom Belford has been a two-term HB Regional Councillor. He is the publisher and editor of BayBuzz magazine, which regularly reports on HB farming & agbiz issues. His past includes the Carter White House, building CNN Ted Turner’s first philanthropic organisation, doing years of marketing consulting for major non-profits and corporates.
027 454 6510
Phil is a rural professional (B Ag Sci, PhD) passionate about working with growers and farmers in Hawkes Bay, helping them improve soil function and hence profit. He provides farmers with production systems that improve farm performance and profitability in the face of increasing compliance and regulation. If not on farms with clients you will find Phil on his own Napier block or on the ocean chasing big fish.
027 444 6267
Scott Lawson and partner Vicki Meech are currently one of the largest producers of certified organic berry fruit and vegetables in New Zealand. Pioneers in their field, they became certified organic in 1994. Scott has been involved in many off-farm, farming groups. He is currently the Chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Vegetable Growers, current board member of LandWise and has been in the past on the Bio Gro board.
027 499 6947
Will is a first term councillor, born and raised in Takapau. He completed an Agriculture degree at Massey before returning home to work in the family farming business. Will aims to help Hawke’s Bay prosper environmentally socially, culturally, and economically. Recently he joined the board of trustees at St Joseph’s, Waipukurau, and he previously served as president of HB Federated Farmers. Married to Abbie with two young boys at home in Hatuma and two older boys at secondary school in Wellington.