Implementation Steering Group Members
The Steering Group members come from business and industry associations that work in partnership with Biosecurity New Zealand to oversee and deliver the programme of activity for the year as well as help engage more businesses to take a proactive approach to biosecurity.
Kimberly Crewther - DCANZ
Kimberly is the Executive Director of the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ), which represents dairy manufacturing and exporting companies on public policy matters of common interest, including trade policy, food regulation, and biosecurity. DCANZ’s members account for 98% of the milk processed in New Zealand. Kimberly has spent the last 20 years working for primary industries holding senior policy and advocacy roles for DairyNZ and Fonterra.
Kimberly also sits on the Governance Group for the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response and is a member of the International Dairy Federation standing committee on policy and economics.
Rosemarie Dawson - CBAFF
Rosemarie Dawson is Chief Executive of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation of NZ Inc, a role she has held for a number of years. Her role includes advocacy and representation of the international freight logistics industry in many different forum, with Government, shipping lines, airlines, ports and other groups in the domestic and international supply chain. Rosemarie has extensive experience in management and working in the not-for-profit sector.
Rosemarie was a member of the Biosecurity 2025 Steering Group and is excited that the Biosecurity Business Pledge is a tangible outcome that business is able to engage with and derive measurable benefit.
Jo Murray – New Zealand Council of Cargo Owners
Jo is a partner at Saunders Unsworth and runs the New Zealand Council of Cargo Owners which represents the shipping supply chain interests of major New Zealand importers and exporters. Members include many leading companies such as Fonterra, Miraka, NZ Steel, Ravensdown, Sanford, Silver Fern Farms, Synlait Milk, The Warehouse Group, and Zespri. Affiliate members include ports, shipping lines, freight forwarders, road transport operators and rail.
Jo is a strategic communications and government relations advisor and is a strong advocate for well-integrated planning and policy that supports co-ordination across the length of the supply chain.
Leanne Stewart - Horticulture New Zealand
Leanne is the Deputy Chief Executive at Horticulture New Zealand, which includes leading the biosecurity, food safety and adverse events portfolios. Biosecurity within the management of New Zealand’s phytosanitary system and at the international level has been both Leanne’s passion and employment. She has worked for MPI and the International Plant Protection Convention to reduce the spread of plant pests and diseases around the world.
Leanne sits on a number of governance and working groups as well as the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) Collaboration Council which coordinates biosecurity research across New Zealand’s crown research institutes.
Terry Copeland – Federated Farmers
Terry is the Chief Executive of Federated Farmers responsible for 60 staff, across 10 offices who provide the delivery of advocacy and policy development on behalf of farmers. He and the team are also responsible for continuing the development of the benefits of membership for 13,000 Federated Farmers members, and for influencing rural leadership and community resilience.
Previously he was Chief Executive of New Zealand Young Farmers and he spent more than two decades in the wine industry working on wine quality improvement and developing key export markets.
Tim Fraser – Biosecurity New Zealand
Tim is the Manager, Partnerships and Engagement in Biosecurity New Zealand’s Readiness and Response Directorate. He is responsible for a range of collaborative biosecurity programmes including the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital programme, the Biosecurity Business Pledge and an on-farm biosecurity behaviour change programme.
Tim has worked across the public and private sectors, with a natural resource focus – in policy and operations. Tim has owned two successful manufacturing business, including one that was export focused. He has created successful partnerships through his understanding of value drivers and commitment to customer-focused solutions.
Sirma Karapeeva – Meat Industry Association of New Zealand
Sirma is the Chief Executive of the Meat Industry Association (MIA) which represents red meat processors, marketers and exporters. The MIA provides a collective voice for the red meat industry interfacing between industry and government across a range of issues including policy formation on economic, trade, market access, biosecurity, industrial relations, compliance costs, environmental and animal welfare matters.
Sirma has an extensive knowledge of government processes and trade policy along with significant trade negotiations experience. She has represented New Zealand at international organisations including the World Trade Organisation and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation.
Kristina Cooper – Auckland Airport
Kristina is the Head of Operations Risk and Assurance at Auckland Airport, leading the Operations Risk and Assurance team. She works to ensure the airport is beyond compliant in its maintenance of its operational Licences to Operate. This includes Auckland Airport’s licence as a Place of First Arrival under the Biosecurity Act. Raising awareness of biosecurity risks and obligations is a key component of Kristina’s role.
Kristina’s background is one of regulatory law representing airlines in pricing, capital expenditure and regulatory consultations and reviews with airports, government agencies and the Commerce Commission.