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    Blackcurrants NZ Incorporated (BCNZ)

    Karilyn Witterick (BCNZ Administrator) Email: [email protected] Postal Address: PO Box 107 Rolleston Canterbury 7643 NEW ZEALAND  

    Management and Executive Committee

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    Position

    Brief Bio

    Geoff Heslop Grower Trustee
    • A commercial blackcurrant grower since 2001 in Brookside, Mid Canterbury.
    • 34 Ha planted in blackcurrants.
    • A mixed cropping/horticulture farmer since 1980.
    • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2007, Vice Chairman in 2012 and Chairman since 2013.
    • One of the three BCNZ BlackHort breeding committee representatives.
    James TavendaleChairman Grower Trustee
    • A commercial blackcurrant grower in Winchmore, Mid Canterbury.
    • James and his wife Zoe have been in partnership with his brother Mark’s family and parents John and Lynley for 12 years.
    • Combined they grow 125 Ha of blackcurrants including a small area of redcurrants and organic blackcurrants as part of a 270 Ha farming operation.
    • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2010.
    • One of the three BCNZ BlackHort breeding committee representatives.
    Jim GriersonMarketer and Processor Trustee
    • Co-founder of the Vitality® health and wellness brand.
    • Horticulture Crop Agronomist and Marketing Advisor for 35 years.
    • Inaugural President of the International Blackcurrant Association 2008-12.
    • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2017.
    Hamish McFarlaneGrower Trustee
    • A second generation commercial grower in Temuka, South Canterbury.
    • A family history of growing blackcurrants since 1980.
    • 110 Ha planted in blackcurrants, as part of a wider mixed cropping/horticulture farming operation.
    • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2015.
    Mike KearneyMarketer and Processor Trustee
    • A manager at the NZ Blackcurrant Co-operative, with more than 16 years history in the blackcurrant industry.
    • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2008 and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
    Stuart StephensGrower Trustee
    • A second generation commercial grower in Leeston, Mid Canterbury with 16 years farming experience.
    • 84 Ha planted in blackcurrants.
    • Oversees the BlackHort breeding plots in Canterbury, which are located at Waipuna farm.
    • One of the three BCNZ BlackHort breeding committee representatives, and Chair of the BlackHort committee.
    • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2012.
    Anna Tier  [email protected]Product Group Manager
    • Manager of BCNZ Inc. since October 2011.
    • Formerly with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for 11 years, of which 9 years were as an Information Management Team Manager.