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.
Regional Policy and Planning Manager
- 021 454 615
Having previously been the Chief Executive of IrrigationNZ Elizabeth Soal took on the role as Regional Policy and Planning Manager in October 2020. Prior to her time at IrrigationNZ she worked as the Director of Strategy and Policy at the Waitaki Irrigators Collective and prior to that as a social development policy advisor. Until recently she sat on the Technical Committee of the International Alliance for Water Stewardship, based in Edinburgh. The Alliance aims to improve water-related outcomes across the globe through the setting of internationally-agreed water stewardship standards.
General Manager - Commercial Activities
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 INZ members and industry experts.
- 027 208 6371
Ella, based in Lincoln - grew up on a Canterbury sheep and beef farm and was previously a rural reporter so had both a passion and understanding for agriculture in New Zealand. She enjoys learning about the agriculture industry both the land and its people.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more