8:30am – Registration and Opening Address 


This one-day event will share knowledge, innovative research and insights from our completed and current projects. It will also provide an opportunity to leverage the collective passion and knowledge of the food and fibre sector. 


Keynote Speaker: Ian Proudfoot, Global Head of Agribusiness, KPMG 


Topic: Growth from resolve and resilience: Exploring the opportunity from strong partnerships.



Session #1 The importance of moving the dial 


Attracting people to the food and fibre sector is challenging, and in a tight labour market retaining people with essential skills and expertise is absolutely critical. Understanding the key influences, when and where to engage, and what strategy to implement is key to a successful and thriving workforce. 


Speakers      Vaughan Wilson, Research Manager, Scarlatti 

                       Jacinta Penn, Project Director, Verb Farms 



Session #2 Why positive disruption matters 


Disrupting the status quo helps people and organisations become more innovative and equip them to stay relevant. Modernised training models need to be fit-for-purpose and flexible enough to accommodate industry needs and resource demands, time constraints, and cultural and pastoral care. 


Speakers      Michelle Anderson, Capability Development Project Lead, Te Hiku Iwi Development Trust 

                       Josh Williams, Senior Consultant, Skills Consulting Group 

                      Craig Langdon, GM Qualifications & Standards, Muka Tangata 



Session #3 Group activity: Breaking the mould 


An opportunity for a brainstorm with your fellow attendees to tap into the collective passion and knowledge of the food and fibre sector. 



Session #4 Setting food and fibre up for success 


It is important to focus on the whole of sector needs, rather than silos. Providing support, knowledge and training with a pan-sector approach is crucial to set people up for success. Frameworks with a consistent set of criteria to evaluate the design, delivery and effectiveness of vocational education and training is at its core. 


Speakers      Adam Baker, Director, Scarlatti 

                      Chris Parson, CEO, NZ Rural Leaders Trust & Ellen Nelson, Lead Researcher



Session #5 Panel discussion: How does vocational excellence and innovation impact the bottom line? 


4:30pm – Closes  

Includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch, with an opportunity for networking in the early evening (optional).