Personnel and partners

General Manager

Sally Lee

With over 20 years’ experience in agribusiness and farming, Sally brings with her strong management skills. Sally has held a number of varied positions ranging from Land Management Officer, HBRC through to sustainable integrated catchment work and is currently working as an independent consultant.

027 492 4751


Trevor Jones PhD

Trevor is based at Plant & Food Research and is researching poplar and willow water use, and wood properties. Trevor has expertise in assessments of old and new tree trials.
021 143 5262

Business Manager

Allan Frazer

Allan is our Business Manager. He is a director of the NZ Wool-classers Association, anduntil recently he was a business manager for The Ahuwhenua Trophy – BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Awards. He is an olive farmer.
027 450 3861

Chairman P+W Technical Advisory Group

Melissa Macdougall

Environment Restoration Advisor, Greater Wellington Regional Council
027-217 5166

Nursery Managers Connector

Sara Mathieson


Research Partners

Plant & Food Research
Landcare Research
Massey University

Associate Scientists

John Charles (Plant & Food Research) insect pests, Vice-Chairperson IPC Working Party on Poplar Insect & other Animal Pests

Dr Brent Clothier (Plant & Food Research) Soils and stakeholders

Dr Grant Douglas (AgResearch) effectiveness of conservation trees, on-farm applications of poplars and willows

Dr Alec Mackay (AgResearch) soil quality and soil carbon

Dr Mike Marden (Landcare Research) erosion and erosion management

Dr Chris Phillips (Landcare Research) root development


Alan Wilkinson

Education Partners

Massey University - Professor Peter Kemp, Head of Institute, INR