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David Hughes

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

David Hughes studied at Massey University, NZ, gaining both a BTech (Manufacturing) 1st Class Hons and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics. Mr Hughes, as CEO, oversees all aspects of the organisation's operation and represents the Institute on a number of Boards and committees. Mr Hughes joined Plant & Food Research in July 2009 as Group General Manager Commercial, and was appointed CEO in February 2018. He has a successful track record of business development and innovation within the food sector, including several high-profile roles within the dairy industry in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Japan and Bahrain.