The Trustees represent the interests of Regional Councils, particularly in the areas of land management and river management, and the interests of the New Zealand primary production sectors (mainly pastoral and horticultural).

The New Zealand Poplar and Willow Research Trust is hosted by Massey University and its breeding programme is based at Palmerston North.

Bruce Wills

Bruce lives on a sheep and cattle property near Napier. He is a past National President of Federated Farmers (2011 to 2014) and has a number of off farm governance roles including the Boards of Ravensdown, HortNZ, QEII National Trust and is a Trustee on two National Science Challenges being ‘Our Land & Water’ and ‘Resilience to Nature’s challenges’. As well as being chair of the Poplar & Willow Research Trust, Bruce chairs Motu, ApicultureNZ and the Deer industry PGP.

Daniel Harrison

Daniel represents the National Regional Councils River Managers’ Forum on the Trust. He has been the Rivers Manager at Taranaki Regional Council since 2015. Prior to that, Daniel worked at Environment Canterbury for 10 years: a couple of years in the Planning sphere and eight years managing river control and drainage schemes in Mid-Canterbury. Daniel has been a council (ECan & TRC) rep on the P&W Research Collective for several years and is the TRC rep on the River Managers’ Technical Working Group.

Grant Cooper

Land and Partnerships Manager at Horizons Regional Council. I have been involved in selecting and planting poplar and willow material for erosion control since the mid-1980s. My earliest involvement was with the Otago Catchment Board when a colleague and I undertook the soil survey for the ORC new nursery site at Balclutha. In my time with Horizons Regional Council I have experienced pole planting throughout our region for assisting landowners to establish farm nurseries, siting and planting poles, inspecting and monitoring growth rates and trials. At Horizons we are now extending our own poplar and willow nurseries, increasing production and the varieties of clones available for planting.

Peter Kemp

Peter is Professor of Pasture Science and Head of the Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University. He supervises postgraduate research on silvopastoral systems based on poplar and willow. He is on the Board of the Bio-Protection Research Centre.

Stephanie Sloan

Stephanie is currently employed by PGG Wrightson as the Technical Specialist in Soil Science for the North Island. Stephanie comes to PGG Wrightson after working as a nutrient management specialist for Ravensdown. Having grown up on her family sheep and beef farm in Wairarapa, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Otago, continuing on to complete a postgraduate degree in AgriScience at Massey University. Stephanie has worked on Poplar & Willow projects with Plant & Food Research for a number of years, with a Poplar trial currently on her family farm. 

Tom Mandeno

Tom runs a sheep and beef farm at Waikaretu, north of Raglan. He is a Nuffield Farming Scholar and a Winston Churchill Fellow. He has governance experience as a Director of Meat & Wool New Zealand from 2004-09, a Director of the NZ Wool Board and a Director of NZ Meat Board. He is an appointed member of the Environment Waikato West Coast Zone sub-committee. Tom is currently a director of the C. Alma Baker Trust (NZ) Ltd. Limestone Downs the primary asset of which is a large sheep and beef property in the Raglan district. Tom is a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand.