Dolan joins the industry body from his most recent role as Business Manager for Horticulture NZ, where amongst other things, he’s managed Horticulture NZ’s ‘Growsafe’ and ‘NZG.A.P.’ businesses, innovating and delivering exceptional results for its growers. Earlier in his career, he has worked in a variety of senior Grower Liaison and Technical Management roles – both locally and offshore – for primary industry organisations such as T&G/ENZA International and Silver Fern Farms.
Dolan has a strong track record as a successful advocate for growers, and he brings to NZPPI existing credibility and networks with both key government agencies (such as MPI, MfE, MBIE, Worksafe NZ) and many of NZPPI’s key primary industry partners.
The NZPPI Board was also impressed with his strong strategic, financial and operational leadership experience, his solid understanding of and absolute passion for NZ’s plant production and horticulture industries, and his proven ability to communicate and connect with members.
Dolan’s appointment is seen as another positive step toward realising NZPPI’s vision for ‘A vibrant plant production industry widely respected for its professionalism, innovation and major contribution to New Zealand’.
NZPPI Independent Chair Andrew Harrison believes that Dolan will lead NZPPI well, deliver increasing value to its members, and continue to build on the legacy, achievements and new model John Liddle delivered for NZPPI. “He’s a strong fit for NZPPI and our members, with the skills, experience and passion to successfully lead implementation of NZPPI’s strategy – stronger ‘engagement’, ‘influence’ in key areas, such as biosecurity and workforce capability; a ‘toolbox’ that adds exclusive value to member businesses; ‘innovation’, and growing our ‘image’ as a group of professionals.”
Harrison added, “Both Geoff Thorpe and I will continue to provide cover until Matthew starts, and do our best to make sure NZPPI’s key balls, including any issues that crop up for our members, remain in the air! John also returns from his break in Europe at about the same time (late October) to take up his new role with NZPPI (as contractor for about half his time, focusing on key advocacy areas he’s passionate about such as biosecurity and imports/exports). John emailed me earlier in the week – he and Gabe having a ball - and sends his regards to all!
“You’ll hear further from Matthew with his thoughts on taking up this exciting position as our new CEO. On behalf of the NZPPI board I congratulate Matthew and wish him the greatest of success in the role.”
Dolan will start as the new CEO on 24 October 2017, based in NZPPI’s Wellington office.