Stuart was appointed CEO of Waikato Innovation Park in 2012. He has a commerce degree from Victoria University and is an experienced commercial chartered accountant. During a term as Financial Controller at New Zealand Dairy Group he managed the acquisition and integration of the fresh industry in the upper North Island which ultimately became Fonterra brands New Zealand. Stuart later became CEO of Livestock Improvement Corporation for eight years during which the organisation changed from a not- for-profit trust to a highly innovative, high returning commercial organisation. Under Stuart’s leadership, LIC: introduced an innovation model; entered the Deer Industry; invested over $1million per annum in Genomic research; completely revamped its information service to farmers; established a highly profitable DNA testing service; and grew its export business exponentially. After a period as an agriculture business consultant, Stuart joined Waikato Innovation Park as global business development director before being appointed CEO. His goals at WIPL are to lift the capability to increase exports in the region through the community of tenants and wider cluster, focused on Innovation, technology and added value spray dried food.