New General Manager for New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards

New General Manager for New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards

1 July 2019

The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards Executive and Trust are pleased to introduce Robin Congdon as the new General Manager.

"The 2019 National Awards Evening in Wellington was a fitting showcase event to farewell Chris Keeping after such a long and dedicated tenure with our organisation," says NZDIA Board Chair Rachel Baker.

"It was a special touch having every Executive Chairman she had worked with present on the night, as well as numerous previous winners and volunteers, to acknowledge her care and contribution over the past 18 years and to wish her the very best for her next chapter."

"We look forward to seeing where Robin will take the role and our organisation into the future," Rachel says.

Robin is a marketing and events specialist with in-depth business management experience who has extensive knowledge of managing high profile awards and events.

Most recently, Robin was the National Events Manager for Massey University managing the New Zealand Food Awards programme.

Robin is looking forward to the General Manager role and believes his background in business, event programmes and communication and information technology will allow him to see new opportunities and efficiencies.

"The NZDIA programme has been built from virtually nothing to a substantial national awards programme over the last 18 years," acknowledges Robin.

"It is important the NZDIA stays relevant and delivers value to the entrants, sponsors and the trust. I am also proud to be part of New Zealand primary industry, dairy."

The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards provide a learning and growth platform for young and emerging farmers as they progress in their careers and are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DeLaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda, LIC, Meridian Energy and Ravensdown, along with industry partners DairyNZ and PrimaryITO.

Potential entrants can register their interest in the 2020 Awards programme and find out more information here.