David was appointed to this role in January 2017. The vision for the new systems and competitiveness team is to develop and provide farmers with confidence in new systems and options that work on-farm. The team also aims to increase profit from productivity by $110/ha/year, while achieving future environmental footprint targets, advancing animal husbandry and welfare, and creating more productive and attractive workplaces on-farm.
David joined Dexcel (now DairyNZ) as development and economics manager in 2007. He took on the GM development and extension role in late 2009 and the GM research and development role in 2014. He was a farm systems scientist at AgResearch until 1998 and then spent eight years in business development and managing technology company start-ups and investments for Celentis Ltd. David has a PhD in agricultural economics and management.