New OSPRI Chief Executive appointed

Media release
1 April 2015

OSPRI Chairman Jeff Grant has today announced the appointment of Michelle Edge as Chief Executive of OSPRI.

Ms Edge brings a wealth of agricultural industry experience to the position having had an extensive career spanning scientific research, government regulation, policy and industry organisations within the Australian agricultural sector.

She was most recently Chief Executive of Australian Meat Processor Corporation – a levy-funded research, development and extension organisation operating in the red meat sector.
“In her career to date, Michelle has demonstrated visionary leadership, strong commercial acumen and deep strategic insight,” said Mr Grant.

“These skills will be key to OSPRI’s future development and direction, and we are excited to have her join the business.”
The OSPRI Board would like to acknowledge the leadership provided by William McCook over the past 12 years, throughout the formation of OSPRI and, prior to that, to the Animal Health Board. Mr McCook stepped down as Chief Executive in February 2015.
Ms Edge will commence her appointment at the end of April and will be based in Wellington.
For further information, please contact:

Jeff Grant

OSPRI Chairman

027 431 5330

OSPRI is a not-for-profit limited company, established on 1 July 2013. Its shareholders are DairyNZ, Beef+Lamb New Zealand and Deer Industry New Zealand. The TBfree and National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) programmes are wholly-owned subsidiaries of OSPRI Ltd. OSPRI also receives funding for its programmes from the Crown via the Ministry for Primary Industries.


OSPRI’s primary role is to help protect and enhance the reputation of New Zealand’s primary industries. OSPRI is the result of a merger between the Animal Health Board and NAIT, allowing the two organisations to better meet farmers’ needs.

Michelle Edge biography

Michelle most recently held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC), the Rural Research and Development body responsible for investing in research and development on behalf of the Australian meat processing industry and supply chain. She has held this position since 2010 and during this time, implemented a range of changes within the AMPC business, including an enhanced service delivery model for RD&E on behalf of meat processing levy payers.

Prior to this position, Michelle held senior positions in the Victorian Government involving the development of the national Research, Development and Education (RD&E) Strategy for the Primary Industries Ministerial Council, setting strategic research priorities and enhancing current capability, collaboration and co-investment, and developing the Victorian Livestock Management Act and associated regulations.

Michelle has worked as a research scientist in animal welfare and animal production and held a position as the Executive Officer with the Animal Welfare Science Centre at the University of Melbourne. Michelle has also operated as a consultant, delivering projects to the livestock industries in research, policy, extension, education and training for industry, government and commercial stakeholders.

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