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Blackcurrants NZ Incorporated (BCNZ)

Anna Tier (BCNZ Manager) Phone: +64 27 436 1299 Fax: +64 3 3472621 Email: info@blackcurrant.co.nz Postal Address: PO Box 107 Rolleston Canterbury 7643 NEW ZEALAND  

Management and Executive Committee

 Name

Position

Brief Bio

Geoff Heslop Chairman Grower Trustee
  • A commercial blackcurrant grower since 2001 in Brookside, Mid Canterbury.
  • 34 Ha planted in blackcurrants.
  • A mixed cropping/horticulture farmer since 1980.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2007, Vice Chairman in 2012 and Chairman since 2013.
  • One of the three BCNZ BlackHort breeding committee representatives.
James Tavendale Vice Chairman Grower Trustee
  • A commercial blackcurrant grower in Winchmore, Mid Canterbury.
  • James and his wife Zoe have been in partnership with his brother Mark’s family and parents John and Lynley for 12 years.
  • Combined they grow 125 Ha of blackcurrants including a small area of redcurrants and organic blackcurrants as part of a 270 Ha farming operation.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2010.
  • One of the three BCNZ BlackHort breeding committee representatives.
Jim Grierson Marketer and Processor Trustee
  • Co-founder of the Vitality® health and wellness brand.
  • Horticulture Crop Agronomist and Marketing Advisor for 35 years.
  • Inaugural President of the International Blackcurrant Association 2008-12.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2017.
Hamish McFarlane Grower Trustee
  • A second generation commercial grower in Temuka, South Canterbury.
  • A family history of growing blackcurrants since 1980.
  • 110 Ha planted in blackcurrants, as part of a wider mixed cropping/horticulture farming operation.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2015.
Mike Kearney Marketer and Processor Trustee
  • A manager at the NZ Blackcurrant Co-operative, with more than 16 years history in the blackcurrant industry.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2008 and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Stuart Stephens Grower Trustee
  • A second generation commercial grower in Leeston, Mid Canterbury with 16 years farming experience.
  • 84 Ha planted in blackcurrants.
  • Oversees the BlackHort breeding plots in Canterbury, which are located at Waipuna farm.
  • One of the three BCNZ BlackHort breeding committee representatives, and Chair of the BlackHort committee.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2012.
Anna Tier  manager@blackcurrant.co.nz Product Group Manager
  • Manager of BCNZ Inc. since October 2011.
  • Formerly with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for 11 years, of which 9 years were as an Information Management Team Manager.