Stuart brings experience in governance from his roles at the Foundation for Arable Research where he was a Board member for 14 years and chairman for nine. He is also a director of Ravensdown Fertiliser Company and completed a Nuffield Scholarship in 1996.
He farms 450ha dry land at Sheffield, west of Christchurch, growing arable crops, finishing lambs and producing seed potatoes. Stuart is a strong advocate of industry good organisations and good governance practises. He believes that the measure of success for Potatoes New Zealand will be farmers and industry members seeing their levy as an investment in the potato industry, not a cost.