OUR PEOPLE

Jeffrey Clarke Interim CEO

Jeffrey Clarke

CEO

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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Augusta van Wijk

Business Development Manager

Having worked as Busisness Development Manager at the Cawthron Institute since 2003 Augusta brings over 15 years’ experience in client relationship and stakeholder management in the science and research sector to BRI.

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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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Janette McKibbin

Research Administrator

Janette McKibbin has worked for New Zealand Winegrowers for more than 10 years. She is the Research Administrator for BRI and is based in Auckland. Janette holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland.

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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. The role will also provide expert viticultural input and practical insights into BRI’s research projects.

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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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Matt Mayernick

Research Winery Cellar Manager

Matt Mayernick recently joined BRI as Research Winery Cellar Manager. After gaining a BSc in Physics (with a focus in Biophysics) from the University of Colorado.

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Trish Grammer

Communications Manager

Trish Grammer recently joined BRI as Communications Manager. She has a degree in English from the University of Otago and a post-grad qualification in Journalism from the University of Canterbury.

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Sanket Babre

Viticulture Extension Assistant

Sanket is currently a Vineyard Manager with Constellation, managing approximately 300 hectares in Marlborough. By agreement with Constellation, Sanket will join BRI for two years on secondment.

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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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Dr David Armour

Research Programme Manager

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

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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

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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