Two new Board Directors for Bragato Research Institute

Sheffield Search has been privileged to support Bragato Research Institute in the appointment of two new Board Directors, James Dicey and Greg Mann.

“New Zealand’s pre-eminent position in the world of viticulture is supported by the outstanding research conducted by Bragato Research Institute. Sheffield Search has been privileged to remain associated with the organisation in supporting these crucial governance appointments. Congratulations to James and Greg on their appointments.” - Ian Taylor, Managing Director, Sheffield North Island.

Bragato Research Institute Press Release

Bragato Research Institute drives New Zealand’s grape and wine research, innovation and extension so that New Zealand remains renowned for its exceptional wine. As Bragato Research Institute (BRI) grows and matures, our Board of Directors has evolved too. During 2023, Directors Dr Di McCarthy and Prof Charlie Eason both stood down, and we now welcome three new Directors to the BRI Board; Emma Taylor, James Dicey, and Greg Mann.

James Dicey is a grape grower based in Central Otago. He owns Grape Vision, a vineyard development, management and consultancy business. James has extensive governance experience including four years as a board director for NZW and a foundation board director for BRI. His other experience includes being a director of Seasonal Solutions Cooperative, Mt Difficulty Wines, and Central Otago Winegrowers Association including five years as Chair.

Given the common challenges and opportunities faced by the wine and forestry sectors, Greg Mann will bring a unique perspective to BRI. Greg is the General Manager of ArborGen, New Zealand’s largest supplier of improved genetics planting stock to the forestry sector. He is also a Director of Scion, a Crown Research Institute specialising in research and innovation development for the forestry sector, and has previously been General Manager – Commercial at Plant & Food Research. Greg has over 25 years of management experience in organisations that conduct research and develop valuable new products, services and technologies globally.

BRI Board Chair, Mark Gilbert says, “We welcome the new Directors, and look forward to the insights and perspectives each Director will bring as BRI works to enhance New Zealand wine’s premium reputation through innovation and a commitment to tomorrow. As BRI enters its 7th year in 2024, these Board appointments will assist in charting the path of endeavour for future expansion and growth.”

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