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New directors for Primary ITO Board

6 May 2019

Two new directors are to be formally appointed at Primary ITO’s AGM on 29 May, after being selected by the ITO’s Stakeholder Council.

Mike Chapman and Carla Muller will join six other directors , Board Chair Mark Darrow and Stakeholder Council Chair Rick Powdrell confirmed today.

“We were fortunate to receive a range of very high-quality candidates and both Mike and Carla will bring significant experience and expertise as directors,” says Mr Powdrell.

As chief executive of Horticulture NZ, Mr Chapman has had a close working relationship with Primary ITO for a number of years and has a depth of industry knowledge.

Ms Muller is an environmental economist for NIWA. She is also on the board of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management and an Associate Director of Wintec.

“Primary ITO has a key role working with businesses in the primary sector to grow the capability of their people and businesses while ensuring they do this in the sustainable way New Zealanders and our export markets expect. Both Mike and Carla will provide valuable insights into how Primary ITO will go about this,” says Mr Darrow.

He also thanked Robyn Clements who is completing her four-year term as a director. “Robyn brought us great expertise with her management and governance experience across dairying, and sheep and beef. She capably chaired Primary ITO’s Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and I am very grateful for her strong contribution.”

Media: Please contact Colin Marshall, Primary ITO Communications Manager, on or 04 382 2859.

Carla Muller


Mike Chapman

About Primary ITO

The Primary Industry Training Organisation is charged with leading the training of people in our largest export sector. The future of farming, fishing, horticulture and processing will be driven by innovation – not just scale. Our job is to lead training, accelerate the pace of innovation, improve farming, fishing and horticulture practices, and deliver more profitable growth. We have 28,000 people in training.

The sector is growing, our need for skilled workers has never been higher. To succeed, people in our primary sector must reflect the impeccable standards of food safety, produced with low carbon sustainable production practices, and the highest standards of animal and fish welfare that both society and the world expect of us.