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At the heart of our business are our people. The NZM team is small but nimble, with great depth of expertise in broad areas.

The New Zealand Merino Company Limited

Level 2, 114 Wrights Road
PO Box 25160,
Christchurch 8024

Ph +64 3 335 0911
Fax +64 3 335 0912 

Cromwell Office

Unit B1
Traders Lane
Cromwell 9310



Hon. Ruth Richardson (Chairman)

Bill Sutherland
Grower director

Ross Ivey
Grower Director

Ben Todhunter
Grower Director

Kate Morrison

Matanuku Mahuika

John Brakenridge
Chief Executive and Leader Since Inception


Strategic Team

Ashlan Campbell
Executive Assistant

Caroline Nicol
Strategic Project Manager

Abby Sanford
Project Manager


Business Services

Peter Floris
Chief Operating Officer

Nathan Sheppard
Business Development Manager

Mike Scott
Financial Controller

Hayley Richards
Accounting Manager

Victoria Benton
Business Analyst

Wendy Cairns
Finance Administration Manager

Laura Peters
Finance Assistant

Wendy Halliday
HR Manager

Sam Thomas
Office Coordinator


Japanese Representative

相坂育夫 (Ikuo Aisaka) 

Area Managers

Craig Adams
Senior Procurement Manager
+64 21 242 8905

Blair Davies
Asst Commercial Manager / Area Manager
+64 21 224 4044

Andrew McNeill
Area Manager Otago
+64 21 476 600

Nicola Peddie
Area Manager
+64 21 9992 51

Staz Roberts
Area Manager
+64 21 2246 404

Katie Gillingham
Customer Services Representative

Katrina Bishop
Wool Preparation Consultant


Fine Wool Market

Dave Maslen
General Manager Markets & Sustainability

James King
Market Relationship Manager

Rhiannon James
Marketing & Events Manager

Kelly McClean
Project Analyst

Donna Didham
CSR Manager



Strong Wool Market

Gretchen Foster
General Manager Future Markets

Hadleigh Smith
Market Development Manager

Maree Hamilton
Textile Collaboration Manager

Marketing & Creative team

Steve Williamson
General Manager Studio ZQ

Julia King
Senior Creative Designer

Abbey Vares
Creative Designer

Hollie Woodhouse
Creative Designer

Kate Burford
Creative Designer

Anna Johnstone
Strategic Project Specialist


Wool Team

Mike Hargadon
General Manager Supply, Innovation & Logistics

Keith Ovens
General Manager Commercial

David Chenery
Commercial Manager

Mike Gourdie
Asst Commercial Manager

Ryan D’Ath
ZQ Supply & Relationship Manager

Ian Hermansson
Wool Admin Manager

Brenna Sharland
Wool Administrator

Jenine Screen
Wool Administrator

Kate Wilson
Marketing Coordinator


Production Science

Skye Rutherford
ZQ Extension Manager

Monica Schwass
ZQ Project Manager

Emma Wilding
ZQ Project Coordinator

Will Gibson
ZQ On Farm Technical Support