Leadership Team


The day-to-day management of the Company is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer of PGG Wrightson. The Board monitors and reviews management’s performance in carrying out this delegation.

  • Mark Dewdney
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Rob Woodgate
    Chief Financial Officer
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    Rob Woodgate

    Chief Financial Officer


    Formerly Group Financial Controller, Rob was appointed CFO in August 2010. He has been intimately involved in a number of high profile transactions, having worked on the capital raise, takeover and sale of assets. He is responsible for the management of the Group’s share services including: accounting, treasury, audit, HR, IT, property, procurement and corporate communications. Rob has held a number of senior finance roles in New Zealand and the UK.

  • John McKenzie
    Group General Manager Seed & Grain
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    John McKenzie

    Group General Manager, Seed & Grain


    John is the founder of specialist proprietary forage seed company Agricom Limited which was purchased by Pyne Gould Guinness in July 2005. He has reporting to him the businesses in New Zealand, Australia, South America and the international Seeds group, together with R&D, production, Turf and Grain.

  • Julian Daly
    General Manager Strategy & Corporate Affairs
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    Julian Daly

    General Manager Strategy & Corporate Affairs


    Julian is responsible for Group strategy, legal and corporate governance affairs for PGG Wrightson and also held the role of General Manager of the Real Estate business in an acting capacity from May to September 2013. Julian has broad operational involvement across the business and is a director of number of Group subsidiaries and a trustee of the Employee Benefits Plan. He is a former General Counsel of DB Breweries and has previously worked for law firms in the Middle East and New Zealand.

  • Cedric Bayly
    General Manager PGG Wrightson Wool
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    Cedric Bayly

    General Manager PGG Wrightson Wool


    A doyen of the Wool industry, Cedric was appointed as GM:PGG Wrightson Wool in early August 2011. Most recently he was the national manager of Elders Primary Wool and for nine years was GM: Wool at Williams & Kettle, one the main components of the PGG and Wrightson merger in 2005.

  • Stephen Guerin
    General Manager Retail
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    Stephen Guerin

    General Manager Rural Supplies and Fruitfed


    Stephen is the former GM: Fruitfed Supplies where he spent 23 years in various roles. He was appointed as GM: Rural Supplies and Fruitfed Supplies in May 2011 where he is responsible for all aspects of the Rural Supplies and Fruitfed Supplies retail businesses.

  • Carlos Miguel de León
    Group General Manager PGG Wrightson Uruguay
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    Carlos Miguel de León

    Group General Manager PGG Wrightson Uruguay


    Carlos joined PGG Wrightson in April 1999 as business development manager for Wrightson Pas in Uruguay. In 2001 he was appointed as GM for this business and was responsible for the growth of the seeds operation. In 2005 he was appointed as GM: South America and as Group GM: South America in 2009. He is responsible for running the AgriServices part of the business in South America.

  • John Parker
    General Manager PGG Wrightson Water
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    John Parker

    General Manager PGG Wrightson Water


    John was appointed as GM: Irrigation and Pumping in July 2007 after joining PGG Wrightson in December 2005 as Commercial Manager – Financial Services. John, a chartered accountant, has held various commercial management roles prior to joining PGG Wrightson over a number of different industries. John is responsible for all aspects of the PGG Wrightson Water business.

  • Nigel Thorpe
    General Manager Livestock
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    Nigel Thorpe

    General Manager Livestock


    Nigel was appointed as GM: Livestock in May 2011. He is a 30-year veteran in stock and station businesses and has held various livestock management roles with PGG Wrightson both in New Zealand and Australia where he was GM: Livestock and Real Estate. He held the position of beef supply chain manager, South Island, from 2009.

  • Peter Newbold
    General Manager Real Estate

    Peter Newbold

    General Manager Real Estate


    Peter was appointed as GM: Real Estate in September 2013. Peter was previously General Manager of New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty. Peter was previously employed by Wrightson Ltd from 1995-2005 during which time he held a range of roles including Marketing Manager and Business Development Manager.

  • Sue Horo
    General Manager - Human Resources

    Sue Horo

    General Manager - Human Resources


    Sue joined PGG Wrightson in 2007 and has led the Human Resources & Payroll team since 2011. Through this role she is the owner of the PGW People Strategy, with the foundations of this being centred around performance, leadership and culture. She has worked in the field of Human Resources for the last 15 years in NZ organisations, such as Lion Nathan.

  • Brent Sycamore
    General Manager - Grain

    Brent Sycamore

    General Manager - Grain


    Brent joined Wrightson Limited in 2001 and held various management roles in New Zealand and Australia prior to the formation of PGG Wrightson. He was appointed GM Grain in 2006 and was responsible for the merger of several businesses to form PGG Wrightson Grain. Prior to the Wrightson/PGG Wrightson roles Brent held positions with BP Limited, PGG Limited and Ernst & Young.

  • Marcelo Banchero
    General Manager - PGG Wrightson Seeds South America

    Marcelo Banchero

    General Manager - PGG Wrightson Seeds South America


    Marcelo was appointed GM PGG Wrightson Seeds South America in 2007. In October 2013 his role was expanded to assume responsibility for all of PGG Wrightson’s South American businesses, including Livestock, Real Estate, Irrigation and Animal Health. He joined Wrightson Pas Uruguay in 2004 as Sales Manager and was also responsible for implementing the company’s expansion in the South American region. Prior to that Marcelo was in charge of the Seed Business of CALPROSE Uruguay for seven years where he created a strong international platform for CALPROSE

  • Grant Edwards
    General Manager - Regions

    Grant Edwards

    General Manager - Regions


    As General Manager of Regions, Grant is responsible for the management and support of the Company's Regional Managers and their businesses. He combines this role with managing his own Otago Region. After his graduation from Lincoln University, Grant began with Reid Farmers within their Livestock Division. He has held positions as PGG Wool Manager and Divisional Manager of Otago. He has also worked within Rural Banking and Finance, and holds his Real Estate papers.

  • David Green
    General Manager - NZ Seeds

    David Green

    General Manager - NZ Seeds


    David is currently General Manager NZ Seeds, a position he has held for the last five years. He is responsible for all facets of the NZ Seed business and the Austrlasian and International Turf businesses. David graduated from Lincoln University in 1990 with a B Com (Ag) degree and since then has worked in many roles for PGW Seed and its predecessor companies. David is a former executive member of NZGSTA and a current executive member for the NZ PBRA. He is a director of joint venture R & D Companies Grasslands Innovations LTD and Forage Innovations Ltd.