The Board of Directors

Mark Shadbolt, Executive Director

Mark farms sheep and beef on 1,000 hectares on Banks Peninsula.  With a strong focus on performance and genetic gain, wool has always been viewed as an important commercial earner of the hill country breeding unit. Hence, Mark’s long term endeavour to see wool as an important financial contributor to the sheep industry.

Mark is Managing Director of Banks Peninsula Wool Growers Limited (“BPWG”), a company established by local growers with the objective of increasing the value of Banks Peninsula Strong Wool. Their focus is on unifying the Banks Peninsula Growers, investing, committing and forming long term supply arrangements in the market and stabilising prices with incremental growth. A strong working relationship with the customer is an important aspect of the BPWG strategy.

Mark has travelled widely to educate himself on many potential opportunities, develop relationships and secure stable supply arrangements. He has spent considerable time communicating with Growers in an effort to build Grower support to own Wools of New Zealand, as well as engage with the industry to develop closer working relationships.  Mark is Chairman of the Wools of New Zealand Trust and Chairman of Wools of New Zealand.

Mark is a past Canterbury Deer Farmer of the Year winner, a Lincoln Farmer of the Year finalist and a recipient of the Lincoln University 125th Anniversary Meritorious Service Award.



Craig Hickson

Craig is the Managing Director and owner of Progressive Meats Limited, a business he started with his wife in 1981 which now employs 350 staff.

In addition to Progressive Meats Limited, Craig is a shareholder and director of:

  • Hawkes Bay Meat Company Limited (which owns Ovation New Zealand Limited);
  • Te Kuiti Meats Limited;
  • Lean Meats Limited;
  • Progressive Leathers Limited; and
  • Venison Packers Feilding Limited.













Ian Marshall

Ian Marshall is a highly respected retired Auditor, who chairs our Audit and Risk Committee.  Ian brings a great deal of strategic ability and financial acumen to the Board table and to the Company.  Ian understands the Corporate Governance model of separating strategy from execution and has extensive experience dealing with different stakeholders’ needs with independence and the utmost integrity.

Ian is currently a Massey University Counsellor and chairs the Audit and Risk Committees of Massey University and Marlborough District Council, as well as being a member of the New Zealand Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.





Rebecca Smith, Chair

Rebecca Smith is Director of the New Zealand Story, a business growth initiative aimed at broadening the perception of New Zealand beyond its natural beauty. With a career spanning dairy, banking, telecoms, manufacturing, software, and tourism, Rebecca has a breadth of sales and marketing experience that will be invaluable to Wools of New Zealand.










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