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.
Chief Executive Officer
Stephen was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PGG Wrightson Limited in June 2019. Stephen is a director of several Group subsidiaries and a Director of the PGG Wrightson Employee Benefits Plan Trustee Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting) from Massey University and is a member of the Institute of Directors and Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. Stephen is also a Director of Safer Farms and a director on a community charity board.
Prior to this appointment as CEO, Stephen was responsible for all aspects of the Retail & Water group business which includes the Rural Supplies, Fruitfed Supplies, Agritrade, and Water businesses. He has worked for PGG Wrightson Limited and its predecessor companies since 1988.
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. Before 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 Chair of the Credit Committee and Risk Committee, director of several 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. Outside of his PGG Wrightson Limited role, Julian also has a number of governance and voluntary positions, including as a Director of Trade Aid New Zealand, Chair of Selwyn House School and as a Citizens Advice Bureau community lawyer.
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 Limited 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 a role with PGG Wrightson as General Manager Regions. Grant has spent over 20 years directly in the wool industry and states, “once you have a passion for wool it never leaves.”
Peter is General Manager Livestock & Real Estate. Peter has led the PGG Wrightson Limited Real Estate business since September 2013 and he 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 joined PGG Wrightson Limited in 2016 and is responsible for our Group People & Safety strategy. She leads the functional teams of Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Human Resources, Remuneration & Reward, Learning & Development, Payroll, HR Information Systems and Shared Services. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and is PGW’s Executive Director of bidr®.
Rachel is a former GM Human Resources at Solid Energy New Zealand Limited, after time spent as a human resource consultant both abroad and in her hometown of Christchurch, specialising in organisational design, workforce planning and business transformation.
U Kean Seng
LLB (Hons), B.Ec
U Kean Seng was appointed Acting Chair of PGG Wrightson Limited on 4 July 2023 and has been a Director since 4 December 2012. He is a member of the Audit Committee. 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.
BA LLB, CFInstD
Sarah Brown was appointed Deputy Chair of the PGG Wrightson Limited Board on 4 July 2023, is Chair of the Audit Committee, and has been an Independent Director since 30 April 2019. 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.
Meng Foon was appointed to the PGG Wrightson Limited Board on 1 July 2022 as an Independent Director. He has extensive business experience in horticulture, agriculture, private wealth creation, and property development.
Meng is currently Chair of Te Pūkenga Equity Experts Group, Chair of M Y Trust, Director of M Y Gold Investments Limited, and a Trustee of The Arts Foundation and the New Zealand Philanthropic Foundation. He served as the Mayor of Gisborne from 2001 to 2019 and has held governance roles for several New Zealand entities.
Meng is knowledgeable about best practice organisational structures and operating systems, and he believes that data, science, and technology will help ensure future sustainability in environment and land business profitability.
He has worked with Māori landowners and believes that Māori land businesses are important contributors to the leadership of Aotearoa. He aha te mea nui o te ao – he Tangata, inclusive people and relationships are the success of all things he does.
B.Com, M.B.A, C.A.
Garry Moore was appointed to the PGG Wrightson Limited Board on 1 July 2022 and is a member of the Audit Committee.
Garry was raised on farms in rural Mid-Canterbury before attending Canterbury University. He brings a wealth of finance knowledge with 40 years of extensive investment advisory experience together with trustee and corporate governance experience in rural services, viticulture, pastoral farming, and education.
He is a registered Financial Service Provider and a former member of the national Forsyth Barr Investment Committee. Garry is Chair of DairyCool Limited and South Canterbury based farm owner Burnett Valley Trust. He is a past Chair of St Andrew’s College, Greystone Wines, and the Canterbury Branch of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Dr Charlotte Severne
MSc, PhD (Geology), ONZM
Dr Charlotte Severne was appointed to the PGG Wrightson Limited Board on 18 June 2021 as an Independent Director. She is also Chair of PGG Wrightson's Health, Safety and Environment Committee.
Charlotte (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.