Alan has been involved in the kiwifruit orchard and post-harvest industry for over three decades, having established and operated his own post-harvest business on what is the current AGL site in Te Puke. Alan is regarded as a pioneer of controlled atmosphere kiwifruit coolstorage and is a large scale grower.
Graham has worked in the kiwifruit industry since the early 1980s running his own packhouse, coolstore and large scale orcharding operation. Graham also has extensive governance experience, sitting on the Zespri board for eight years and being the inaugural Chairman of the kiwifruit Industry Advisory Council. Graham is the current Chairman of Apata Group Limited.
Sean has been the Managing Director of Western Orchards Ltd based in Katikati for more than 30 years. Western Orchards Ltd is an Orchard Management and Post-Harvest (Packing & Cool storage) operation. He lives with his wife and two sons on a 15 hectare orchard in Katikati where he grows Gold3 and Hayward. He has an extensive knowledge across all aspects of the kiwifruit industry and is currently on the NZKGI Forum. Sean has been involved in the Zespri new varieties programme and travelled on Zespri grower trips around the world, which has given him an understanding of the Marketing strategies and implications of the Zespri Supply Chain.
Mark is the General Manager of Bruntwood Farms, a large scale family kiwifruit and avocado growing operation in Tauranga, which until recently also included a kiwifruit packhouse facility. Mark also worked for Zespri prior to returning to the family business and currently sits on numerous industry bodies including as Executive of New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated and the Kiwifruit Industry Advisory Council.
Stuart was elected to the Board of Directors of Apata Limited in September 2012. Stuart is a previous CEO of Apata Limited from 2003 – 2006 and presided over a period when Apata was renowned as an industry leader in innovation and performance. Since then, Stuart has held senior roles in the meat and poultry industries, but has kiwifruit in his blood, hence his return to the industry.