Leadership Team

David leads a team that leverages DairyNZ’s farm systems capability across our solutions and development, policy, biosecurity, and farmer-facing teams. This team has a key role in strengthening our ability to positively influence farmer change for the future success of the dairy sector.

He is passionate about ensuring New Zealand dairy farmers can continue to adapt their farm systems to remain sustainable, and competitive.

David is a water quality scientist with more than 20 years of national and international experience in applied water resources management. He has held numerous roles since joining DairyNZ in 2013, including senior water quality scientist, environment manager, four years as strategy and investment leader for responsible dairying, and two years as general manager - sustainable dairy.

He previously worked as a scientist and advisor for Deltares, an independent international water research institute based in the Netherlands and then Singapore. David holds a PhD in Limnology and a MSc in Freshwater Ecology from the University of Waikato.