Senior Leadership Team

Our Senior Leadership Team consists of a talented group of men and women with a wealth of industry and management experience.

Meet the people creating, developing, driving, and implementing our short- and long-term strategy.

Wayne McNee

Wayne leads the implementation of our strategy (as developed and agreed with the Board).


Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Otago. 

Leadership and strategy courses at Insead Business School, Stanford University, Oxford University, and Mt Eliza Business School.

About Wayne

Before joining us in 2013, Wayne was Director-General for the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

In 2011, he led the merger of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand Food Safety Authority and Ministry of Fisheries into MPI. 

Prior to that, Wayne was the Chief Executive of Pharmac.

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David is responsible for our business performance, finance, risk management, secretariat, legal, transformation office and strategic procurement teams.


Bachelor of Management Studies – majoring in Accounting and Finance – Waikato University

About David

David joined us in February 2019 as CFO.  David has a strong background in the primary industries along with extensive CFO experience. Most recently, David was CFO at Zespri and has also worked for New Zealand Steel and Fonterra.

David Chin 2020

David leads our operations and service team which is made up of core production laboratories, farming operations and the field teams (artificial breeding technicians, herd testing, Wagyu programme, FarmWise and field assists) who deliver our products on farm.


Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Hons), University of Otago.

Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons), University of Otago.

Leadership and management classes at Stanford University and Melbourne University’s Mt Eliza Business School.

About David

David has been with us since 2007 and has held several leadership roles over that time. 

Before arriving at LIC, David was Brand and Communications Manager at Kiwibank and Deputy Director/Business Manager at City Gallery Wellington. He’s also worked in various marketing and consulting roles at New Zealand Post.

Emma is responsible for the Commercial Group which includes LIC’s active investment and divestment portfolio, the commercialisation of new ventures as well as the identification and execution of new partnership and collaboration opportunities and running LIC’s growing international business.


Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Biochemistry from University of Oxford

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biochemistry from University of York

Post-Graduate qualifications in Finance from University of Auckland

About Emma

Emma came to LIC in July 2020 and held the position of Strategy and New Business Consultant. Prior to this, Emma held various senior management roles with Fonterra over 14 years, with experience across strategy, business development, marketing, innovation, change management, R&D and commercial disciplines. Emma’s more recent roles included Group GM Mergers & Acquisitions, GM On-farm Science & Technology, Innovation & Technical Director and Director of Complementary Nutrition. Prior to Fonterra, Emma worked in investment banking and medical research in the UK.

Andrea Black 2020

Andrea leads our technology team and is responsible for managing, improving and transforming our tech products such as MINDA LIVE.

Andrea’s team is also responsible for accelerating LIC’s digital transformation to take full advantage of big data, driving profitability, sustainability and productivity on farm for our shareholders.


While having no formal tertiary qualifications Andrea has 20+ years’ experience working within the technology sector.  Andrea has worked in numerous technology roles/sectors on both the vendor side and client side. 

About Andrea

Andrea joined us in January 2020 and has a strong background in technology leadership positions. Prior to Andrea’s appointment as CIO, she worked for Genesis Energy as GM Digital Solutions. Andrea also has an agriculture background, having worked at PGG Wrightson’s for eight years. Andrea was brought up on a dry stock farm in North Taranaki and was attracted to LIC as a modern co-operative which has taken a progressive approach to technology.

Malcolm Ellis 2020

Malcolm is responsible for ensuring our products and services are solution-focused in a way that is relevant to farmers, now and for the future. Malcolm's team owns the relationship with farmers and includes Agri Managers, Marketing & Products, the Customer Experience Centre and Livestock Selection. 


Diploma in Agriculture (Distinction), Massey University.

About Malcolm

Malcolm is a fourth generation dairy farmer. He joined us in 2011 as a bull acquisition manager, leading the Jersey and SGL breeding programmes.

Malcolm has a real passion for people, farm system profitability and the value of genetic gain. 

Richard Spelman

Richard leads our research and development team and is responsible for the direction and scope of our R&D programmes to ensure we continue to add more value to our customers and the dairy industry.  


PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Masters of Agricultural Science (Hons), Massey University.

Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons), Massey University.

About Richard

Richard joined us in 1991 as a livestock selection analyst before undertaking further study. He returned in 1998 after completing his studies at Massey and Wageningen Universities. 

In 2015, Richard won a Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship. He used this to attend the prestigious THNK School of Creative Leadership in Vancouver.

Roz leads our People and

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Performance Group which builds and sustains a high performing and engaged workforce.


Diploma for Graduates in Marketing, University of Otago.

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Otago. 

Accredited Professional Member of HRINZ.

About Roz

Prior to Roz’s appointment as CPO in August 2017, she worked at Fletcher Building for two years in a variety of senior human resource leadership roles. She has held human resource positions at blue chip organisations such as Vodafone, Foxtel, Frucor Beverages, Hudson Global Resources, and Lion.