Tony Egan
"The investments we've made over many years have helped position New Zealand as a world leader in primary industries. As a Trustee of AGMARDT I am proud to be laying the foundations for this growth to continue and supporting innovative ideas through to reality." – Tony Egan


Investing in the future of New Zealand Agribusiness

Since 1987 we have provided $65 million of funding that has encouraged innovative ideas, fostered research capability and developed emerging leaders in the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors of New Zealand.

This year AGMARDT plans to invest 3.6 million into developing world-class capacity and capability within the agribusiness sector.

AGMARDT is independent

AGMARDT is an independent not-for-profit organisation with a proven track record of making targeted investments that aim to make a positive contribution to the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors.

Our History

AGMARDT was established by the Government in 1987 with funds of $32 million from the wind-up of the British, Christmas Island and New Zealand Phosphate Commissions. Since that time, the organisation's funds have steadily grown to around $80 million.

AGMARDT has provided grants and funding to agribusiness sector of over $65 million since inception.

AGMARDT has three strategic priorities:

  • Enabling agribusiness to integrate with customers in the marketplace
  • Encourage and support innovative solutions in agribusiness value chains
  • Supporting future leaders and governance programmes for agribusiness


Tony Egan

Tony Egan (Chairman)

Tony is currently the Managing Director of Greenlea Premier Meats Limited. This family owned business has two meat plants with 425 staff and processes around 200,000 cattle and 100,000 calves per year, with sales to more than 40 countries globally. He is:

• A member of the Meat Industry Association Council (MIA) for New Zealand.
• A Director of Dairy Goat Co-operative.

Tony's previous roles include CEO for AsureQuality for five years, the largest quality assurance organisation in New Zealand; CEO for AFFCO NZ Ltd for five years, a major meat processing company and Managing Director (Marketing and Finance) for Greenlea Premier Meats Ltd for eight years.

In addition to these management roles, Tony has taken on a number of Directorships at both industry and international business levels and has represented New Zealand at a number of international forums.

Sarah von Dadelszen

Sarah von Dadelszen

Sarah is an owner of a sheep and beef property and Dairy property in Central Hawke's Bay. She is the Chairperson of the Central Hawke's Bay Consumer Power Trust. A previous role includes Chairperson of the NZ Beef Council, she is a former member of the Fonterra Shareholders Council. She also spent 6 years on the NZ Young Farmer Board as an independent director. Other community roles include Board of Trustees at Takapau School - Finances. She has experience as a Rural Bank Manager and prior to that as a farm consultant.

Her and husband Sam's farming business won the Richmond Hawke's Bay Farmer of the Year in 2003. In 2006 she was awarded a scholarship to complete the international FAME course. She has also completed the 5 day IOD governance programme.

Richard Green

Richard Green

Richard currently is executive chairman across a range of business owned together with his wife Vicki and other shareholders, including aged-care, honey production and marketing and dairy farming. He also sits on a number of other boards including several farm advisory boards, FAR, Canterbury Westland Cancer Society, and the Rural Leadership Consortium.

Richards previous roles include being General Manager International for PGW Seeds, Sales and Marketing Director for AGRICOM. Prior to his 11 years in the seed industry he spent 8 years as an agricultural consultant working predominately across Otago.

Justine Gilliland

Justine Gilliland

Justine is currently in the role of General Manager, Transitional Economy at Venture Taranaki. Justine was appointed Chief Executive with Venture Taranaki in November 2018 and starts this role in March 2019.

Before joining Venture Taranaki, Justine has most recently held the position of Deputy Director-General Sector Partnerships and Programmes at the Ministry for Primary Industries, where she led multi-million dollar investment programmes spanning sustainable growth, Maori partnerships, and regional development, and the establishment of Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand) and the 1 billion trees programme.

Prior to this, Justine ran MPI's research and development and other external grants and funds, and ran the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission.

Justine has also been admitted as barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Liam O'Sullivan

Liam O'Sullivan (Associate Trustee)

Liam farms a Coastal Taranaki dairy farm milking 400 cows where he and his family have been since 2014. Prior to this he had a 16-year Agri banking career working in roles across the North Island which included holding Senior Regional leadership positions. He is a recent graduate of the Fonterra Governance Development Programme (2018), holds a Bachelor of Agriculture and a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Studies (Valuation) and has held governance and advisory board positions in farming companies. He is currently a member of the Taranaki Dairy Environment leaders' group.

Liam's background is in banking, farming and leading teams.


General Manager

Malcolm Nitschke
T: +64 6 323 8766

Grants Administrator & Support

Kerryl Brazendale
T: +64 6 323 8766

Financial Accountant

Fiona Hatzilamprou