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

Leadership & Understanding Each Other

At PICA’s Research & Insights Forum earlier this year, 60+ delegates came together from all over New Zealand to learn about the latest research and insights into building the capability of our food & fibre sectors.

Farmers and Nuffield Scholars Ben Allomes of Hopelands Dairies and Hamish Murray of Bluff Station, were two of our inspiring leaders in our diverse line-up of speakers. They both shared their innovative approaches to leadership and their personal experiences which have played a huge part in the attraction, wellbeing, and retention of their staff.

  • Ben Allomes - Hopelands Dairies, Woodville
    Primary Industries Good Employer Award Winner 2018

  • Hamish Murray - Bluff Station, Marlborough
    Future Farm Workplaces and Nuffield Scholar

What our delegates said

“Ben’s presentation was a great example of how Full-Time Employees (FTEs) are not the only option. 80% of my workplace is female. Women need flexibility so they can do their job in their own time. We, employers, need to trust our people; let staff at different ages and stages of life have the autonomy to choose when they work. If employers can be flexible, there’s a much bigger chance of them retaining great talent.

— Cristin Dwyer, New Zealand Veterinary Association

“Hamish sharing his own story will allow others to share theirs. His commitment to investing in soft skills is so important for our sector to thrive.”

— Thea Wallace, Minisry for Primary Industries

Learn more

To find out more about the speakers at our forum, check out their presentations.