Technical Specialists Page

At PGG Wrightson Seeds we pride ourselves on are highly experienced staff. Get familiar with our technical specialists below

Kyle Gardyne

Areas Sales Agronomist

Kyle has been an Area Sales Agronomist for the Northern Waikato and Northland since 2013. Prior to this he worked at PGG Wrightson's Kimihia Research Centre as a Cereal Agronomist growing trials.

Kyle has a broad knowledge of varying parts of agriculture. He grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Gore, studied a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Massey and whilst studying worked on a dairy farm.

When not at work Kyle enjoys snowboarding, diving and fishing.

Emma Bell

Product Specialist

Emma Bell started working with PGG Wrightson Seeds in 2014 as the Northern North Island Sales Agronomist, but since the start of 2016 has taken on a new role as a Product Specialist. 


Emma grew up on a sheep and beef farm and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Massey University. Emma is excited about new products that are coming to market and says "the focus PGG Wrightson Seeds has on research and development allows us to work with some really interesting products”.

When not at work Emma enjoys fishing in the summer and being on the mountains snowboarding in winter.

Greg Zeuren

Area Sales Agronomist

Greg Zeuren has been the Area Sales Agronomist for South Waikato/Bay of Plenty since he started with PGG Wrightson Seeds in 2013. He has a keen interest in accountability and leadership roles which shows through in his current role as Health and Safety Coordinator for the sales team.

While not at work Greg believes in a good work life balance above and below sea level. He enjoys diving, fishing, hunting and generally just loves being in the outdoors!


Paul Greenbank

Area Sales Agronomist

Paul has been the Area Sales Agronomist for the Eastern North Island since 2015.

Paul grew up on a dairy farm and then went on to study a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture at Massey. After graduating, Paul spent 6 years working in the maize industry with a focus on dairy and beef systems.

When Paul isn't at work he enjoys diving, fishing, skiing or being in the workshop building things.

Duncan Phyn

Area Sales Agronomist

Duncan has been the Areas Sales Agronomist for the Southern North Island since 2015. But he has been working in the agriculture industry in Taihape since 1999. His biggest passion within the industry is sheep and beef.

When not at work Duncan has a small farm that he looks after and enjoys spending time with his family.

Chris Sanders

Extension Agronomist

Northern South Island Extension Agronomist Chris Sanders has been with PGG Wrightson Seeds since 2006.

In his diverse daily role (due to the variance in climate and farming systems within his region) Chris really enjoys the first hand contact that he has with a huge catchment of farmers while helping them get the most from their pasture and cropping endeavors. In addition, he has also been in the role of Maize Specialist, looking after the South Island Corson Maize Seed business, since 2010.

When not at work Chris remains involved with his family’s sheep and beef property, enjoys all things outdoors (such as hunting and fishing) along with spending time with his wife and two young sons.


Brian Young

Area Sales Agronomist

Brian started working for PGG Wrightson Seeds in June 2014 as an Area Sales Agronomist servicing Southland and Otago. For 15 years previous to this he had been working as a rural supply company rep servicing Southland farmers with their farming inputs including seed. He enjoys the agronomic side to farming and enjoys getting on farm, putting plans in place and creating good outcomes for clients with their cropping and re-grassing programmes.

Brian lives in Gore with his partner and the youngest of his four children. He enjoys family time at weekends, especially taking his 67 Chev Impala for a run or spending time with grandson Cooper and poking around on his small farm where he runs breeding ewes and rears 4 day old calves .

Hannah McCulloch

Area Sales Agronomist

Hannah McCulloch joined PGG Wrightson Seeds as the Area Sales Agronomist for the Central South Island at the beginning of 2016. 

Hannah grew up on a mixed cropping farm and went on to study a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture at Lincoln University. Hannah spent her first year out of university in the FAR graduate programme before joining PGG Wrightson Seeds. She’s enjoying the opportunity of getting out in the field with other agricultural professionals.

In her spare time Hannah enjoys catching up with friends and doing some baking.

Wayne Nichol

Extension Agronomist and Nutritionist

Wayne is an Extension Agronomist and Nutritionist with PGG Wrightson Seeds.


After graduating from Lincoln University he completed a B. Agr. Sc. degree (Hons) looking at grazing management of Caucasian clover. In 1996 he joined Hodder and Tolley Research, employed as an Assistant Plant Breeder and Forage Agronomist. Following the sale of Hodder and Tolley to Wrightson Ltd he joined the team at Kimihia Research Centre as a Forage Agronomist. In 1999 Wayne moved to focus on animal nutrition and was responsible for animal nutrition activities conducted by Wrightson Seeds within New Zealand. During this period he completed a M. Agr. Sci (Dist), focusing on anti-nutritional factors of forage rape.


Subsequent to the merger of PGG and Wrightson in 2005, Wayne moved back to the area of his family sheep and beef farm in the heartland of Otago to follow his passion of working with numerous people and groups in the area of forage based systems across New Zealand and support the company’s activities in Australia and Chile, South America. He is involved with a number of industry working groups and large scale farming operations, and is often utilised to provide technical input, training and product development support across various pasture based systems including forage crops.

Ethan Butcher

Forage Agronomist

Ethan started working for PGG Wrightson Seeds in November 2015 as the South Island Forage Agronomist.  Prior to this Ethan was at Lincoln University for four years completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. 

Ethan is originally off a sheep farm where he had many different jobs on a variety of different farming systems. He has a passion for understanding farm systems and improving efficiency through the use of forages and crops. Ethan can do this through his job via trialing a range of forages and crops under different environmental conditions to determine the most effective option.

When not at work Ethan’s hobbies include sport, hunting, and helping his parents on the farm.

Holly Phillips

Forage Agronomist

Holly grew up in Wellington and then went on to do a Bachelor of Science with honours in agriculture at Massey University.

Following on from this Holly was a Science Intern for DairyNZ and AgResearch. Through this internship Holly work on six placements, giving her work experience with endophytes, pasture pests, forage germ plasm, the perennial ryegrass forage value index and dairy cow fertility. Holly says that the internship was a great opportunity for her to increase her skills within research and the agriculture industry. Holly is excited to continue using her education and experience here at PGG Wrightson Seeds.

In Holly’s free time she is a keen horse rider, riding both competitively and for fun. She also enjoys the outdoors through tramping and skiing. 

Nick Rayner

North Island Forage Agronomist

Nick was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and moved to New Zealand when he was five. Nick's family bought a dairy farm in Taranaki, giving Nick a passion for agriculture and he knew that AgScience was exactly what he wanted to study.

During his studies Nick built centre pivot irrigators and worked on dairy farms to help pay for a few beers.

Nick's been working as an agronomist for 2 years in the Waikato and has joined PGG Wrightson Seeds in 2016 as the North Island Forage Agronomist. Nick says “I am excited to take over this role, being able to control and care for brassica and pasture trials. We will be able to produce some really relevant and interesting data.”


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