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The Executive Team

We have a talented team with broad experience and a sincere passion for what we do.

Steven Carden


Prior to joining Landcorp in August 2013, Steven was General Manager of PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia from 2010. Steven began at PGG Wrightson in 2008 as Group Manager of Business Development, serving also on the NZTE Beachheads Advisory Board. From 2003 to 2008, he worked at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, in New York and Auckland advising companies throughout North America, Europe and Australia. Prior to that he was General Manager of New Zealand’s first internet retailing company, FlyingPig. His proudest accomplishment is the founding of the First Foundation in 1998, a program that helps talented but financially disadvantaged secondary school students successfully complete university through workplace scholarships. He is the author of “NZ Unleashed”, published by Random House in 2007. He holds an LLB and BA from Auckland University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Steve McJorrow

Chief Financial Officer

Steve McJorrow was appointed in April 2014 . Steve has a strong range of skills and experience in finance, strategy development and private equity. He has held financial leadership roles in various companies including CFO of the Bennelong Group, a large Australian private equity firm, Group Financial Controller of AWB (Australian Wheat Board), an international marketer of Australian grain and farm inputs supplier, Head of Decision Support for the National Australia Bank Retail Banking Division (Melbourne), and for Personal Financial Services, Bank of New Zealand (Auckland). Steve started his career with Ernst & Young in Wellington and San Francisco and most recently co-founded Cornish College an independent school in Melbourne. Steve’s responsibilities as CFO include the supply of strategic, operational and financial information and analysis to the Board, CE & management of Landcorp Farming Group and ensuring that the Procurement and legal functions support achieving the Company’s objectives and maintaining its competitive position.

Lucy Wills

General Manager - People and Safety

Lucy Wills was appointed in September 2015. Lucy joined Landcorp from the Ministry of Social Development where she was the HR Director Strategic Change, responsible for providing change management advice and expertise to a transforming organisation, and building the change capability across the Ministry. Prior to the Ministry, Lucy held senior HR roles at both ANZ Bank and Westpac Bank over a 12 year period. This culminated in her leading a team of 56 HR professionals responsible for the merger of the ANZ and National Banks from 2010 to 2014 (one of the largest and most complex corporate projects in NZ history). She held learning, leadership, communications, change management, and organisation structure and development responsibilities in her role, covering 9,000 employees. Before the ANZ, Lucy began her career with recruitment and executive search firm, Sheffield.  Lucy holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) with Honours (First Class).

Graeme Mulligan

General Manager – Livestock Operations

Graeme was appointed to this new position in October 2013. The principle responsibility is the productivity and profitability of Landcorp’s national portfolio of farms encompassing large scale dairy, sheep, cattle and deer enterprises on some 137 farm properties from the Far North to Southland. Commitment to this farm operations position is about the development of innovative farm systems that enhance business growth opportunities whilst securing people safety, protecting animal welfare and re-invigorating the environment. Previous experience has been as a National Business Manager and prior to that his role as National Manager Projects, involved Graeme playing a significant role in the national deer and dairy conversion development programme, the enhancement of Landcorp’s quality and safety programmes and coordination of staff training development.

Sarah Risell

General Manager - Sales and Marketing

Sarah was appointed to this newly established role in November 2014. Sarah is a marketing, innovation and business development executive who has worked globally creating significant value in premium value dairy categories in emerging markets of China, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Sarah studied B. Tech (Food) at Massey University and gained significant early experience in dairy food technology and sales support roles in NZ and offshore. Since then she has held innovation, marketing and business development roles in New Zealand, Mexico and Singapore. Her breadth of experience includes trade marketing for Business to Business Dairy Ingredients globally, FMCG dairy brands and establishing corporate social responsibility initiatives in partnership with other businesses and NGOs. Sarah joins Landcorp from Fonterra, previously Marketing Director of Advanced Nutrition in Fonterra’s Global Brands and Nutrition division. Sarah’s key responsibilities of the role are to work closely with meat, milk and fibre customers and partners to meet the demands of niche global markets, resulting in premium prices for our products.

Phil McKenzie

General Manager – Environment

Phil was appointed in December 2013, having previously held diverse operational, marketing, procurement and management roles within Landcorp. Phil has a focus on leading change to ensure environmental management becomes a key component of Landcorp’s operations. He is also responsible for the management of the wider property portfolio, and is Company Manager for Landcorp Estates. Landcorp Estates is a subsidiary company for developing high value land for sale.

Mark Julian

General Manager – Dairy Operations

Mark Julian was appointed to his current position in October 2014. Mark joined Landcorp over six years ago as a Business Manager in Wellington before moving south spending two years on the West Coast as a Farm Business Manager, then returning to Wellington in 2011 as a Senior Business Manager until taking up his new appointment. Mark is a Massey University alumni completing a Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Agriculture followed by a postgraduate year focused on dairy production and farm management. In the final year of his degree Mark was awarded the prestigious William Gerrish Memorial Prize in Farm Management, awarded to a top farm management student. On leaving university Mark worked for DairyNZ as a Consulting Officer in the Central Plateau and was involved in working with farmers around nutrient management issues with Lake Rotorua and Taupo and forest to farm conversions. In 2013 Mark won the Young Executive of the Year award at the Deloitte Top 200 Business awards. Mark’s responsibilities as General Manager, Dairy include the incorporation, development and execution of the Landcorp’s dairy business strategy on Landcorp owned dairy farms, and those farms Landcorp manages on behalf of external owners.


General Manager – Innovation and Technology

Rob joined Landcorp in January 2016 in the newly created position of General Manager – Innovation and Technology. Prior to joining Landcorp he was General Manager – Information, at the Livestock Improvement Corporation and was responsible for the organisation’s business systems technology that supported farmers.  Rob also spent eight years at LIC in other senior leadership roles across Farm Software, Automation Systems, Farm Systems, Herd Testing and Farm Consultancy. Prior to LIC, Rob was CEO of a technology start-up in Auckland where he took this business through a successful IPO listing on the NZX. Rob is the ministerial appointment on the Rural Broadband Advisory Committee that has oversight on the current roll out of fibre and mobile broadband infrastructure across rural New Zealand.


General Manager - Commercial Development

Andrew joined Landcorp in January 2016 from Melbourne, Australia where he was the co-Head of Aquila Capital Farms - the agricultural investment division of the Aquila group focusing on farm investments in New Zealand and Australia. Before Aquila, Andrew spent 8 years in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong with Macquarie Bank, eventually becoming the Head of Macquarie’s Agriculture Funds business in Asia. Andrew has worked with some of the world’s largest investment funds as well as small private investors to make investments into the agricultural sector. Prior to Macquarie Bank, Andrew held finance roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Andrew was born and bred in Wellington before heading to the University of Otago to complete his bachelors and post graduate qualifications.