Robert farms Newstead Farm with his wife Helen which is located on the foothills west of the Hawke’s Bay Airport. Robert’s experience is with cattle and farm forestry, alongwith strategic planning, business compliance and day to day operational management. Robert completed Rabobank’s Executive Development Programme in 2010, at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney for primary producers from Australia and NZ.
Robert has extensive governance experience in the not for profit community sector having recently completed his term as President and Chairman of the Board of the H.B Agricultural and Pastoral Society, the primary sector’s champion of excellence and high achievement in the H.B. region. He is also a Justice of the Peace and a long standing member and past president of the Rotary Club of Taradale. Robert and Helen have two adult children.