Irrigation New Zealand

Vanessa Winning

Chief Executive

  •  vwinning@irrigationnz.co.nz

Vanessa started at IrrigationNZ in October 2020 based in Wellington. She is a strategic executive leader with over 20 years experience in the agriculture, banking and corporate sectors. Vanessa brings excellent stakeholder management and engagement skills having worked across multiple sectors, with a range of stakeholders, local and central government, and Iwi.

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Julie Melhopt

Commercial Manager

  •  02040010497
  •  juliemelhopt@gmail.com

Previously Julie worked at Bank of New Zealand in a number of roles, including helping to manage a portfolio of irrigation schemes and more recently, leading a team of business managers in the small/medium enterprise space (SME).

Julie is looking forward to expanding her knowledge about the irrigation sector and meeting IrrigationNZ members and industry experts.


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Stephen McNally

Principal Technical Advisor

  •  027 6875299
  •  smcnally@irrigationnz.co.nz

Building on his degree in horticultural science Stephen McNally has spent over 35 years working in various roles in the horticulture and agriculture sectors. He has been a crop management advisor specialising in greenhouse technology, a grower and exporter from his own South Auckland operation, an irrigation system design engineer and a water resources infrastructure consultant across NZ and Australia.

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Lynn Lawrence

Business Support Manager

  •  04 595 6848
  •  llawrence@irrigationnz.co.nz

Lynn joined IrrigationNZ in October 2020 as the Business Support Manager with experience in accounting, human resources, membership body services and contractor business operations. Having been with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the New Zealand Law Society she brings a focus on delivering membership services and is keen to support members and IrrigationNZ in its journey going forward.

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Ella Stokes

Communications Manager

  •  027 208 6371
  •  estokes@irrigationnz.co.nz

Ella has both a passion and understanding for agriculture in New Zealand as well as communicating stories, messages, scientific and technical information, and more. She enjoys learning about the agriculture industry both the land and its people.

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Anna Matevosyan

Policy Advisor

  •  Anna@irrigationnz.co.nz

Anna came on board as a policy advisor for IrrigationNZ in early August 2021. She is an experienced researcher and project delivery specialist involved in international development consulting and the public sector.

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Victoria Bloomer

  •  0278489336

Vicky Bloomer, of Drop Consulting Limited contracts to IrrigationNZ. You’ve likely interacted with her before as Vicky worked for IrrigationNZ from July 2017-August 2020 before starting her own consultancy. She contracts back to IrrigationNZ to provide support with training and assessment, managing Blue Tick Accreditation and provides technical assistance to IrrigationNZ when required.

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