Steve Stuart announces his resignation

Steve Stuart, Chief Executive Officer of OSPRI, has stepped down after 5 great years.

Steve Stuart looking relaxed, smiling at the cameraSteve's decision comes on the heels of successfully delivering OSPRI’s 5-year strategic plan. He has set the stage for a new CEO to work with the Board on the next 5-year strategic plan.

The Board has extended its sincere gratitude and thanked Steve for his unwavering leadership. Steve has steered OSPRI through big changes and a significant period of organisational growth.

Chair of the Board, Paul Reynolds stated, “Throughout his tenure, Steve has expertly restored OSPRI’s standing as a trusted partner in the biosecurity network and strengthened its role as an integrated animal disease management agency."

Steve's many accomplishments include:

  • enhancing relationships and trust with shareholders, iwi and Māori, stakeholders, and other predator management agencies
  • managing a significant disease outbreak and driving down the number of TB-infected herds to its lowest level on record
  • decentralising the operating model and building a strong organisational capability and workplace culture
  • leading the transition of the M. bovis Programme to OSPRI under a Government Industry Agreement
  • developing technology infrastructure that will deliver tangible benefit to farmers in the future.
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"Undoubtedly, Steve leaves OSPRI in a more resilient and strengthened position. He has strategically positioned the organisation for the incoming Chief Executive to build upon the established foundation, ensuring continued stability and growth for OSPRI," says Paul.

“During the remaining period of his tenure, Steve will work with the Board to sustain the momentum and execution of OSPRI’s programmes of work and strategic commitments."

Steve has opted not to pursue another full-time role. He is looking forward to spending quality time with his whānau, here and overseas, while pursuing a diverse range of professional and personal interests.

The Board has initiated the recruitment process for the new Chief Executive. Steve is determined to stay until then, ensuring a seamless transition for the incoming Chief Executive.