Independent Chair

The Independent Chairperson is appointed to safeguard the UMF® brand, its core values and commercial equity.

Responsibilities include: chairing executive meetings, AGMS and special general meetings, and reviewing written resolutions.

Peter has extensive experience working in both the public and private sectors. Key highlights have included Trade Commissioner roles in Europe and working as Senior Private Secretary to the Minister of Tourism and Regional Development. During his career, Peter established the inaugural Eygen office for the New Zealand Kiwifruit industry, and was GM Global Marketing and later GM Strategy and Business Development for Zespri.

Since leaving Zespri, he has established his businesses involved in exporting and marketing fresh produce, consultancy services and boutique accommodation.

Peter holds independent directorships and various chairperson roles with a range of other organisations and is a Government appointee on the NZ Horticulture Export Authority. He was Independent Commissioner for the UMFHA from 2010 to 2014.