We have a team of organic auditors (accredited by MPI) dotted throughout New Zealand.
They are our very valuable ‘people on the ground’ – travelling around the country to visit our certified producers and verify their organic management plans, making sure that they are operating in the way they say they are. Each auditor is a specialist in one organic sector or another.
Vivienne Cruickshank, Auditor Waikato
David Brown, Auditor Auckland
Simon Baylis, Senior Auditor Taranaki
Stephen Capillon, Auditor and Certification Officer Nelson
Joy McLeod, Auditor Canterbury
Mark Houghton-Brown (Nelson)
Mark has a long background in practical organic farming, building successful organic brands, and with organic governance going back to the mid-80’s. He is currently a partner in and Chair of Organic Farm Holdings, a Director of Clean Planet and Minimonos (an ecologically focused social gaming network for kids). He also operates in renewable energy markets, and is CEO of Nelson-based angel investment group, Venture Accelerator Ltd.
Gareth Ingram (Chair, Farmlands Co-Operative Trading Society, Hastings)
Gareth Ingram has been involved in organics all his life, from the early days working on organic orchards, to becoming the Organic and Biological Manager at Farmlands Co-operative Trading Society. He joined the BioGro Council in July 2014, bringing with him a true understanding of the joys and also the challenges of organic certification in its different stages.
Joseph Stuart (Independent Director)
We are working on a story about Joseph which you will be able to read here soon.
Kathryn McCarrison (Independent Director)
We are working on a story about Kathryn which you'll be able to read here soon.