New chief executive for the New Zealand Veterinary Association

December 2016

Mark Ward has been appointed as the new chief executive of the New Zealand Veterinary Association.

Announcing the appointment today, NZVA President Dr Caroline Robertson said Mark’s extensive leadership and business experience in the New Zealand food and agricultural sectors during the past 20 years will be highly valuable as the NZVA builds on its new strategic direction.

Mr Wards executive roles have included CEO of NZ Crop & Food Research, General Manager of the Riddet Institute, General Manager of Food & Animal Health at AgResearch, and international marketing in the dairy industry in South Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

Mark’s current role as Director of Business Engagement, Te Puna Whakatipu, at Massey University, involves developing and implementing strategies in the primary industries and related sectors, including research and education.

The outgoing chief executive Julie Hood, led the association for almost 10 years.