Jeffrey Clarke Interim CEO

Jeffrey Clarke


Jeffrey Clarke, previously General Manager Advocacy & General Counsel at New Zealand Winegrowers, was appointed in June 2021. Mr Clarke has worked for NZ Winegrowers since 2014 and been involved with BRI since its inception. His work as general legal counsel included the original contracts to establish BRI, as well as ongoing advocacy and legal support.

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Dr Fraser Broom

Science Strategy Manager

Dr Fraser Broom has joined BRI as Science Strategy Manager. He is excited to be working with BRI. “I am passionate about science that delivers outcomes to New Zealand’s primary industries, and it is exciting to be a part of building a new organisation to benefit New Zealand’s winegrowers.”

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Dr. Tanya Rutan

Research Winery Manager

Tanya Rutan started as the Research Winery Manager in January 2020. Originally from the USA, she has a MSc in Wine Chemistry from the University of Auckland and completed a PhD in Wine Science working in collaboration with industry on identifying the primary aromatic compounds and phenolic composition of Central Otago Pinot noir wines.

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Sarah Rowley Adams

Senior Communications Advisor

Sarah Rowley Adams is the Senior Communications Advisor at BRI. She previously worked at New Zealand Winegrowers as the Communications and Digital Advisor, where she led the digital communications, social media strategy and website.

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Katie Wilson

Office Manager

Katie started with BRI in May 2022. She is our Office Manager based in Marlborough. Running the day to operations of the Office as well as Accounts and Events.

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Dr Fang Gou

Data Co-ordinator

Dr Fang Gou joined the BRI team in Blenheim as Data Co-ordinator. Fang started her studies at China Agricultural University in Beijing, receiving her BSc majoring in agro-meteorology, and her MSc in simulation and modelling intercropping systems.

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Dr Darrell Lizamore

Principal Research Scientist – Grapevine Improvement

Darrell joined the BRI team in August 2019. In his role Darrell aims to build an integrated national programme bringing together capability in this area across different organisations as well as building a team and internal capability at BRI focussing on grapevine improvement.

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Len Ibbotson

Viticultural Extension and Research Manager

Len joined the BRI team in August 2019. The focus of his role is to lead the communication of research information to members, to ensure information and tools delivered by research programmes are being adopted and applied to deliver member and industry benefits.

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Michelle Barry

Research Programme Manager

Michelle joined the institute in September 2019. Her background in environmental science and soil science provides her with a unique perspective on winegrowing and soil health.

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Dr David Armour

Research Programme Manager

David Armour joined the team as a Research Programme Manager in January 2021.

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Yuichi Ando

Viticulture Research Technician

Yuichi joins us after over a decade working and gaining experience in viticulture, most recently as Vineyard Manager of the Allan Scott Family vineyards.

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Stephanie Flores

Project Manager

Stephanie joined BRI in 2020 to lead the communications function through the establishment phase of the organisation. Now a Project Manager, she’s overseeing projects from the Futures Fund, as well as overseeing the conclusion of the Vineyard Ecosystems, the Pinot Noir Programme and their spin-off projects.

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Dr Jessica Rivera-Perez

Research Technician

Jessica joined the BRI team in March 2022. Originally from Puerto Rico, she obtained her BSc and PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Puerto Rico and completed internships in California Polytechnic State University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute before heading to New Zealand in 2017.

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Dr Carmo Vasconcelos

Extension Specialist

Dr Vasconcelos joined BRI as an Extension Specialist in April 2022. Carmo has enjoyed a significant career in grape growing and plant physiology.

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Mark Gilbert

Independent Chair – BRI

Mark retired as Managing Director of BMW Group New Zealand in 2012.
He has nearly 30 year’s automotive industry and management experience, working in both New Zealand and Asia for international company’s Volvo, and the BMW Group; where he held a number of senior executive roles.

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Simon Towns

Simon has served on the NZ Winegrowers board since October 2016, and joined the BRI Board as an NZ Winegrowers representative.

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Dr Dianne McCarthy


Dr Dianne McCarthy joined the BRI Board in 2019.
Dr McCarthy holds a BA BSc MSc (Hons) and PhD from the University of Auckland. She has extensive experience in a number of senior management and governance roles in the tertiary education, science and health sectors.

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Dr Bruce Campbell

Dr Campbell has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in ecology from The University of Sheffield. He is a recipient of the 2017 Prime Minister's Science Prize, 2017 Horticulture New Zealand Industry Service Award and 2016 Royal Society of New Zealand Thomson Medal for outstanding leadership of agricultural and horticultural science.

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Professor Charles Eason

Professor Charles Eason joined the Board in an advisory role in December 2020, following his retirement from the Cawthron Institute.

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Research Advisory Committee

Our Research Advisory Committee is appointed by New Zealand Winegrowers and comprised of industry experts. The committee provides an industry perspective for the institute’s science team and Board of Directors on proposed research with a focus—relevance and value—on outcomes. The board is responsible for investment decisions, based on the recommendations of the institute’s science team and the Research Advisory Committee. Industry experts with technical or scientific expertise are encouraged to put their names forward for consideration when expressions of interest open each year.

Current Members

Emma Taylor (Chair)

Bart Arnst

Jeff Sinnott

Jonathan Hamlett

Marilyn Duxson

Melissa Tripe

Patrick Materman

Wendy Stuckey

Braden Crosby

Tracy Taylor