Peter McBride became a Zespri director in 2002 and has been Zespri chairman since 2013. He represents Zespri International as a Director on the New Zealand International Business Forum and as a member of the New Zealand – China Council.
Peter’s career has focussed on agribusiness development and management in the New Zealand kiwifruit and dairy industries. As well as being an investor in the kiwifruit and dairy industries, Peter has financial interests in the New Zealand avocado and forest products sectors – he was previously a Director of Sequal Lumber Ltd, based in Kawerau. Peter has a long history of service to charitable organisations.
He was a former director of Longview Charitable Trust Board (Dairy) in the Waikato and has been a Director of Centrefarm Aboriginal Horticulture in Australia since 2008. He is also currently the General Manager of Horticulture for Trinity Lands Ltd, a large scale dairy and kiwifruit charitable trust.
As well as his agribusiness background, Peter’s horticultural science experience has led him to have a strong interest and governance focus on innovation in the New Zealand kiwifruit Industry, including serving as Chairman of Kiwifruit Vine Health from 2011 to 2013, in response to the outbreak of Psa in New Zealand.