There's a future for every talent in our innovative food & fibre sectors.

Our Team



Michelle Glogau – Chief Executive

Michelle joined PICA/GrowingNZ as Chief Executive in February 2017. With a background that includes the safeguarding of consumers, agriculture and sustainability, Michelle’s career highlights the many interesting, fulfilling and diverse roles New Zealand’s primary sectors have to offer. She has held roles in management, research, education, advocacy, quality and project management. Although brought up in urban New Zealand, Michelle has always been drawn to its primary sectors. She initially studied Agricultural Science before settling on plant science and completing a Ph.D in Plant Physiology. Living on a hillside property exposed to some of Wellington’s strongest winds, hasn’t stopped Michelle from indulging in primary production. She is proud to grow her own vegetables and provide her chickens with one of the best views in the country. Email Michelle




Desrae Ngatai Event Manager and Administrator

Desrae joined our team in October 2017 and works part-time. Her extensive experience in event management, project management and administration, makes her the perfect person to manage our events and activities in conjunction with our working groups and projects teams. She also supports our Chief Executive Michelle and helps make our office hum. Desrae studied Performing Arts (Production and Design) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. Luckily for us, she has transferred her many skills to our sector and is enjoying the change in career. With the help of her chickens, Desrae is working towards being self-sufficient on her family’s lifestyle block on the Kāpiti Coast. Email Desrae




Deborah Lynch – Information Manager

Deb is responsible for keeping our on-line presence up-to-date, gathering data and research about our primary sectors, and looking after our special projects. Deb’s energy for her role is fuelled by her background in Science - B.Sc (Honours) in Zoology - and her natural affinity with social media and programming. Deb grew up with a strong connection to the land with regular holidays on her aunt and uncle’s dairy farm, and enjoys keeping chickens in her garden at home. She has an irrepressible interest in food (cooking and eating) which is conveniently balanced with her commitment to competitive sport. Email Deborah




Sarah Connor – Marketing and Communications

Sarah is a campaigner at heart who gets a real kick out of helping us tell our story. With branding and marketing always on her mind, she writes and edits all kinds of content for our marketing and communications. After growing up on a farm between Hastings and Taihape, Sarah studied Commerce, Management and Marketing at Lincoln University. She has since pursued branding, marketing and communications roles for inspiring entrepreneurs, small businesses, design agencies, not-for-profits, city councils and government organisations. While Sarah hasn’t entered many Spring Show competitions recently, she is still proud of the fact that her Plymouth Rock Barred hen won First Prize at the Hawke’s Bay A & P Spring show in 1981. Email Sarah