Our team

Dr Liz Shackleton 
Chief Executive

E liz.shackleton@aphanz.co.nz
P 027 235 4446

Dr Liz Shackleton’s career spans from clinical veterinary practice through to leadership roles in the pharmaceutical, biosecurity and dairy sectors. She started as Chief Executive in October 2023.

Her farming roots run deep, having worked from behind the farm gate, with touchpoints across research, manufacturing, sales and regulation. This gives her an appreciation of the diverse needs of our members and equips her to engage with government on priorities of importance to our members.

Her experience includes supporting teams and governance functions across private and public partnerships in the primary sector.

Liz is a graduate of the University College Dublin Veterinary School, a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors, a board member of the NZ Veterinary Council, and a past president and member of the Australia New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Pharmacology), and the Institute for Strategic Leadership alumnus.

Jeff Howe

Jeff Howe
Technical Manager - Animal Health

E jeff.howe@aphanz.co.nz
P 027 280 2765

Technical management of our animal health portfolio and technical support for the crop protection and rural distributor portfolios.

Jeff Howe commenced as Technical Manager, Animal Health in December 2020, after twenty years developing international business at Victoria University of Wellington. Before that he worked for the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology - where he developed research strategies for animal industries and intellectual property policy, and for the-then Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Policy Group where he worked on the development of the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) and Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Acts.

Jeff sits on the Growsafe board.


Jo-Anne Stokes
Technical Adviser - Crop Protection

E jo-anne.stokes@aphanz.co.nz
P 022 172 1808

Technical management of our crop protection and rural distributor portfolios.

Jo-Anne Stokes commenced as Technical Adviser - Crop Protection in March 2023, after fourteen years at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) - where she was instrumental in developing a programme to ensure imports are treated before arriving on our shores, as well as meeting requirements for exporting goods. Prior to this, Jo-Anne held technical and policy-based roles at Federated Farmers NZ and Rural Women NZ. She is no stranger to getting her gumboots dirty – having managed farming operations in dairy, beef and horticulture locally and overseas.

Her combined background has taught her that there aren't enough tools to eradicate pests and diseases to protect our whenua for the next generation - something she wants to address.

When not planning the demise of any pest or disease, Jo-Anne can be found rowing or coaching rowers in Wellington Harbour at daybreak.

Dominique Bray
Communications Manager

E dominique.bray@aphanz.co.nz

P 027 432 8196

Dominique manages our publications, media statements and digital presence.

Melanie Murray
Member Liaison Manager

Melanie is the first point of contact for members and organises our events, including conferences, committee and board meetings.

E melanie.murray@aphanz.co.nz

Accounts queries can be sent to

E accounts@aphanz.co.nz