Central Otago-based company director Kate Scott has been named the 2023 recipient of the Rabobank Emerging Leader Award – a trans-Tasman business award which recognises outstanding up-and-coming agri industry talent.
Ms Scott, the executive director of Landpro – a company which provides aerial surveying, resource management, environmental and technical services for farmers and growers across New Zealand – was presented with the accolade in front of 1600 farmers and agri industry stakeholders from across New Zealand and Australia at the Rabobank Farm2Fork Summit in Sydney on March 23.
The summit also saw the presentation of the 2023 Rabobank Leadership Award to Australia’s National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson, acknowledging the
“vitally important” role she has played advocating on behalf of the Australian agribusiness sector.
And new awards – recognising outstanding rural community initiatives in both countries, the Rabobank Community Leadership Awards – have been presented to New Zealand’s Growing Future Farmers programme and the Albury based Boys to the Bush initiative in Australia.
Held annually between 1999 and 2019, the Rabobank Leadership Awards returned this year after a three-year Covid-enforced hiatus.
Presenting the Emerging Leadership Award, Rabobank New Zealand CEO Todd Charteris said Ms Scott has been hugely influential in the success and growth of Landpro which she jointly established in 2007.
“From an initial staff of one, the organisation now employs more than 75 staff nationwide working across a wide array of New Zealand’s agricultural sectors,” Mr Charteris said.
“Kate has significant knowledge and expertise in the areas of strategic environmental planning, including resource consents, project management, community and Iwi
consultation. And this wide skill set has played a key role the company’s rise over the last 16 years.”
In addition to her role with Landpro, Mr Charteris said Ms Scott was also the Chair of the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust (which runs the Nuffield Farming Scholarships, the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, and the Value Chain Innovation Programme).
“Kate’s involvement with the Rural Leadership Trust spans a number of years, having been awarded a Nuffield Farming scholarship herself in 2017,” Mr Charteris said.
As part of her scholarship, she travelled to the Netherlands in 2018 for a global farming conference, followed by an eight-week tour of six other countries looking at different farming systems and technologies. And later that year, she visited another six countries looking at environmental policies and new technologies that could be used in New Zealand.
“With her Nuffield Scholarship, Kate explored ways to enable better environmental outcomes in agriculture, including ways for New Zealand to reduce its agri-enviro footprint and to benchmark its environmental performance against other major agricultural nations.”
Mr Charteris said Ms Scott was appointed into the Rural Leadership Trust board chair role in late 2021.
“In the role, Kate has overseen further growth of the Trust’s three programmes as well as playing a key role in the planning of the 2023 Rural Leaders Agribusiness Summit which is set to take place in Christchurch next week,” he said.
On top of her roles with Landpro and Rural Leaders, Mr Charteris said, Ms Scott was a member of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM) and the Institute of Directors (IOD).
“Kate lives on a small vineyard in Bannockburn with her husband and their three sons and is also involved in a number of a number of local organisations including holding the role of Deputy Chair of Thriving Southland and Wai Wanaka,” he said.