Farmer appointed as new trustee to AGMARDT


Photo – Ben Tosswill.

Hawkes Bay farmer Ben Tosswill has been appointed as a new Trustee to the AGMARDT Board of Trustees.

Ben is owner/operator of Birch Hill Station with his wife Libby in the Hawkes Bay. He is also Chair of the Beef+Lamb NZ Eastern North Island Farmer Council and a member of the Beef+Lamb NZ Farmer Council National Executive.

AGMARDT Chair Nick Pyke says Ben brings a valuable mix of skills, experience, and perspectives to the Board, says Chair Nick Pyke.

“We are really thrilled to welcome Ben to the table. As a farmer, he brings an understanding of the industry, a strong focus on what will benefit it going forward, and his networks and connections in the sector.

“With his significant experience in the finance industry globally and locally, he also brings a keen interest and eye for future investment trends, innovation and new technology.”

Prior to farming Ben worked as a rural bank manager before travelling throughout Africa, South America, and Europe. He lived in London for three years, where he worked as an analyst in corporate and investment banking.

Ben says he is excited to be appointed as an AGMARDT Trustee and looking forward to being part of a team that helps shape the future.

“We are living in an exponential era where the speed of technological change is accelerating, and people are adopting modern technology rapidly.

“AGMARDT plays a crucial role in fostering innovation, enabling emerging leaders to develop their capabilities, and driving positive change in the food and fibres sector.

“I want to see our sector leading the world in terms of reputation, opportunity, and innovation. Collaboration will be a key driver of this, something that AGMARDT helps to facilitate.”

Nick says AGMARDT is also farewelling Richard Green, who has stepped down from the board having fulfilled the role of both a Trustee and the Chair over his six years with AGMARDT.

“We want to say a huge thank you to Richard who has provided his time and significant expertise to help AGMARDT and the industry,” says Nick.

“We have valued his knowledge and understanding of the food and fibres industry and his guidance across the range of projects, as well as his business and financial acumen. This has helped ensure our fund is more secure in these volatile times.”


For more information contact

Alice Taylor 021 02785648