On Friday, Jacqui and I stepped down from our respective roles as Executive Director and Projects Director at Agritech New Zealand.

We’re delighted that the new Executive Council has appointed Brendan O’Connell as Interim CEO. We’ve known Brendan for a long time and look forward to supporting him through the transition.

Today, we start our new role at the organisation. For one day a week (Monday), we will be heading up Global Alliances. This maps our new focus on supporting New Zealand agritech businesses face up to the reality of closed borders and a rapidly changing offshore market environment. The world in March 2021 will be a very different place from the world in March 2020.

This does of course leave us with four ‘free’ days a week. At this point, it’s basically a blank canvas. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be spending quite a bit of that time developing Wharf42 Insights. This will be 100% focused on identifying specific global opportunities for the sector as well as developing a capability building programme to support it. This time will also see an increase in engagement with our friends and partners across the Tasman. Building a stronger regional agritech community was one of the founding principles of the Australia New Zealand Agritech Council.

The last three years have been a blast and we leave our full-time roles in the knowledge that Agritech New Zealand is in a really good place. With a growing membership and the Agritech Industry Transformation Plan across the line, the organisation can now leverage the opportunity and build on the foundations built over the past 3 three years.

You can check out the new Executive Council here.