FoodHQ Board

Sue Foley

Sue Foley

FoodHQ Board Chair

Sue’s most recent role as the Director of Corporate Affairs at Westpac New Zealand Limited saw her responsible for the protection and enhancement of Westpac New Zealand’s corporate reputation.

Her portfolio included stakeholder management, media, internal communications, government relations, sustainability, community, sponsorship and events.

Sue has previously held senior leadership roles including as Massey University’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor External Affairs, Toll New Zealand’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Chief of Staff for the Leader of the Opposition, Communications Manager of the 2000 America’s Cup Village and TV3 News Chief of Staff.

An award-winning television journalist, Sue started her communications career at the Rangitikei Mail and is passionate about her home district and provincial New Zealand.

Ms Foley has extensive governance experience and is Chair of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Board, an Isport Trustee and a committee member of the Rangitikei Racing Club – roles which she continues with today.

Peter Landon-Lane, CEO

Peter Landon-Lane

Peter Landon-Lane graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Science (Physiology & Psychology) and later completed a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) at Victoria University, Wellington. Mr Landon-Lane took up the role of CEO at Plant & Food Research in September 2008, following a number of senior positions within Fonterra and one of its predecessors, the New Zealand Dairy Board, including heading the business in Japan (1998-2004) and Europe (2005-2008). Mr Landon-Lane started his career at the former Department of Trade and Industry which included serving as a trade commissioner in China and the Philippines.

Mr Landon-Lane has a strong background in general management and international business in the food and agri-industry. He is currently a director of several Plant & Food Research subsidiaries and joint ventures, including Prevar Limited, Rhindo International Limited and Seafood Innovations Limited and he is on the governance boards of the Riddet Institute and the Vital Vegetables Research Partnership.

Dr Tom Richardson

Tom Richardson

Tom has been Chief Executive of AgResearch since September 2010, and has worked in New Zealand and Australian science for more than 20 years. Prior to joining AgResearch, he spent 17 years with the New Zealand Forestry Research Institute (Scion), as a practicing scientist and science manager, and five years as Chief Executive.

He has had frequent assignments on advisory boards, external review panels and international science and trade delegations, including the NZ-US Joint Commission on Science and Technology Co-operation and the NZ-EU Joint Commission on Science and Technology Co-operation.

He currently holds a number of industry, science and education governance roles including Farmax Ltd, Grasslanz Technology Ltd, South Island Dairy Development Corp, DEEResearch, Science New Zealand, Waiariki Institute of Technology, and two New Zealand Centres of Research Excellence (Riddet Institute and Gravida – The National Research Centre on Growth and Development).

His science background is in genetics and he holds a Bachelors degree from Bucknell University and a PhD from Pennsylvania State University.

Stuart Morriss

Stuart Morriss

Stuart Morriss is Assistant Vice-Chancellor Operations, International and University Registrar at Massey University. He is responsible for campus operations and services (including property, facilities management and students services) on all campuses. He also provides leadership of the International portfolio including Massey University Worldwide, student administration and enrolment management, Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) and Te Puna Whakatipu. As Registrar he is responsible for stewardship of the constitutional affairs of the University, and for governance support and the secretariat for the University Council.

Stuart has been involved with FoodHQ since its inception and chairs the FoodHQ Integrated Campus Development Workstream.

Prior to taking up the position of Registrar in 2006 Stuart was Director, Strategic Policy within the University Registrar’s Office. Up until 2004 he was Director, Massey Agriculture and Programme Director (Applied Sciences) in the University’s College of Sciences. Before returning to the University in 1996, Stuart was Rural Policy Manager with the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Stuart has an Agricultural Science degree from Massey University and a Masters degree in Public Policy from Victoria University, Wellington.


Dean Tilyard

Dean Tilyard is the CEO of BCC. After starting working life in a large accountancy firm, Mr Tilyard worked in agricultural contracting prior to gaining a Frist Class honours degree in Economic Geography.

Since joining the BCC in 2005, Mr Tilyard has been involved in technology commercialisation, fund raising and founding of numerous technology companies in the life science, agri tech and food sectors.

In 2008 Mr Tilyard was a founder of MIG Angels, a private angel investor conglomerate. An active group, MIGAngels holds investments in 14 NZ technology start-ups.

Mr Tilyard is currently a director of two start-up companies.