Leaders in the field
At PGG Wrightson our team's technical knowledge is second to none. We have an extensive nationwide network of representatives across our livestock, real estate, water, wool, insurance, arable and horticultural businesses who take pride in understanding our customers' business while delivering a high level of relevant technical expertise.
Stephen was appointed Chief Executive Officer of PGG Wrightson Limited in June 2019. Prior to this appointment he was responsible for all aspects of the Retail & Water group business which includes the Rural Supplies, Agritrade, Fruitfed Supplies and Water businesses. He has worked for PGG Wrightson Limited and its predecessor companies since 1988. He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting) from Massey University. Stephen is a Director of several Group subsidiaries and a Director of the PGG Wrightson Employee Plan Trustee Limited.
Nick was appointed General Manager Retail & Water in August 2019. Nick joined PGW as New Business Growth Manager for Agritrade in 2014 and through his five year period with Agritrade he grew the business substantially. Prior to joining PGW, Nick was General Manager for RD1 for eight years and prior to that National Operations Manager. Nick has an extensive track record of experience at general management level. Nick’s strengths are leadership, business management, along with strong sales and service focus, backed up with a strong affinity for retail and the agribusiness sector.
Julian is responsible for the Group Strategy, Marketing, Legal, Corporate Communications, Business Services, and Investor Relations functions for PGG Wrightson Limited. He is also Company Secretary and previously held a number of responsibilities including, General Manager of PGG Wrightson Real Estate Limited and Internal Audit. Julian has broad operational involvement across the business and is Chairman of the Credit Committee and Risk Committee, Director of a number of Group subsidiaries and a Director of the PGG Wrightson Employee Benefits Plan Trustee Limited. He is a former General Counsel of DB Breweries Limited and has previously worked for law firms in the Middle East and New Zealand.
Grant was appointed as General Manager Wool in October 2017. He is responsible for all aspects of the Wool business including procurement, logistics, sales, and wool export. Grant holds a Bachelor in Agriculture Science from Lincoln University majoring in Wool Science. He began his career in Livestock with Reid Farmers Ltd in the mid-1980s and then joined their Wool Business. He has held the position of Wool Manager at Reid Farmers and Pyne Gould Guinness Limited. Grant more recently held roles with PGG Wrightson being General Manager Regions and Otago Regional Manager. Grant has spent over 20 years directly in the wool industry and states, “once you have a passion for wool it never leaves.”
Peter took up the role of General Manager Livestock Ventures & Partnerships in October 2020, having previously held the position of General Manager Livestock for PGG Wrightson Limited since August 2014. In this role Peter is focussed on adding value to the Livestock business through new initiatives and partnerships, including the stewardship of bidr®. Before joining PGG Wrightson Limited Peter headed up Fonterra’s international farming ventures business from 2008 until 2013. His major focus was the development of the scale farms in China, plus dairy development in Latin America and Asia. Prior to this Peter worked in Fonterra’s risk management team and before joining Fonterra in 2005 he managed AgResearch farms across New Zealand. Peter grew up on the family hill country sheep and beef farm in the Waikato and spent a number of years managing this in partnership with his family.
Peter is General Manager Livestock & Real Estate. Peter has led the PGG Wrightson Limited Real Estate business since September 2013 and took responsibility for PGG Wrightson Limited Livestock in October 2020. Peter was previously General Manager of New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty. Peter was employed by Wrightson Limited from 1995-2005 during which time he held a range of roles including Marketing Manager and Business Development Manager. Prior to this, he had an extensive career in retail ownership management and franchising.
Peter was appointed as PGG Wrightson Limited’s Chief Financial Officer in March 2015 and leads the finance and technology functions. Peter started his career at Fletcher Challenge and has broad multinational experience spending five years in Scandinavia where he was the Vice President of Accounting and Tax for Norske Skog, a large global newsprint and magazine paper producer. He relocated to Australia in 2005 and was appointed to the lead finance role for the Australasian region for Norske Skog. In 2008 Peter joined Gloucester Coal Limited, an Australian Securities Exchange listed mining company as the Chief Financial Officer. In 2010 he joined the majority shareholder Noble Group, a leader in managing the supply chain of agriculture, energy, metals and mining resources, headquartered in Hong Kong and listed in Singapore. He was the Chief Financial Officer for Noble Group in Australia.
Rachel was appointed PGG Wrightson Limited’s General Manager Human Resources in April 2016 to lead our Group Human Resources and Safety, Well-being and Environment functions and teams. In this role she oversees the PGW People Strategy with the foundations of this being performance, leadership and culture. Prior to joining PGW, Rachel was GM Human Resources at Solid Energy after gaining experience as a human resource consultant both abroad and in her hometown of Christchurch specialising in organisational design, change management and business transformation.
Rodger Finlay joined the PGG Wrightson Limited Board on 30 April 2019 as an Independent Director and Chairman, and as a member of the Audit Committee. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of Chartered Accountants ANZ, and a graduate of the University of Otago.
After 24 years working principally for two large global investment banks based in London and Paris, Rodger, since 2008, now is a full-time director and trustee. Prior to chairing the board of Crown Regional Holdings Limited, Rodger was the Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel of the Provincial Growth Fund. He is also currently Chair of NZ Post Limited, Deputy Chair of Rural Equities Limited, Director and Audit Chairman of Ngāi Tahu Holdings, Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and a director or trustee of several other New Zealand and internationally based entities.
Previous governance roles held include Chair of New Zealand Oil and Gas, Director of Public Trust, and a Governor of Radio New Zealand.
Joo Hai Lee
Joo Hai Lee was appointed as Deputy Chairman of PGG Wrightson Ltd on 30 April 2019 and has been a Director since 31 October 2017. He is a member of the Audit Committee. He was appointed as an Independent Director of Agria Corporation in November 2008.
Mr Lee has more than 30 years’ experience in accounting and auditing. He was a partner of an international public accounting firm in Singapore until his retirement from the firm in 2012. He has serviced clients in the manufacturing, hospitality, insurance, insurance broking and other service industries. His clients included large multinational corporations and listed entities. His professional memberships include those of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, CPA (Australia), ACCA (UK), Institute of Directors of both Hong Kong and Singapore. Mr Lee also sits on the Board of several listed companies in Singapore and one in Hong Kong.
BA LLB, CFInstD
Sarah Brown was appointed to the PGG Wrightson Limited Board on 30 April 2019 as an Independent Director and is Chair of the Audit Committee. Sarah is from a rural background, having grown up on a Southland sheep farm. She is a former commercial lawyer who now holds a number of independent director roles, including SBS Bank.
U Kean Seng
U Kean Seng was appointed to the PGG Wrightson Limited Board on 4 December 2012. He is Head of Corporate and Legal Affairs for Agria Corporation, a role he has held since December 2008. U Kean Seng previously practiced as a partner at Singaporean law firm, Shooklin & Bok LLP, focused on East Asia, and he led a corporate finance team in Allen & Overy Shooklin & Bok, JLV, an international law venture partnership with London based Allen & Overy LLP.
U Kean Seng previously sat as an Independent and Non-Executive Director of several public listed corporations. He received a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Monash University Australia. He is a Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia; Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore and Solicitor of England and Wales. In addition to his extensive legal knowledge, U Kean Seng is also a qualified economist, having completed his degree majoring in Economics and Accounting, B.Ec at Monash University, Australia.
Dr Charlotte Severne
Dr Charlotte Severne (Tūwharetoa, Tūhoe) was a commercial scientist and executive for 20 years. She was also Deputy Vice Chancellor at both Lincoln and Massey Universities. In 2017 she received an ONZM for her contribution to Science and Māori. In 2018 she was appointed, The Māori Trustee, with various governance and agency roles for whenua Māori across New Zealand.
We're helping grow the country. Let us help grow your career.
For over 170 years PGG Wrightson (PGW) have worked alongside New Zealand farmers to service their on-farm needs, supporting our common goal of helping grow the country. Key to these partnerships and our business success are our people. More than anything else, our people are what set us apart and allow us to be successful at what we do every day.
With diversity in our product and service offering comes a multitude of unique and niche roles, covering every angle of the New Zealand rural sector. Regardless of the business unit or level of the organisation, each role offers a satisfying and rewarding career within one of the country's most established and iconic organisations.
If you're ready to take the next step in growing your career, find your next role with us.