Andrew Harrison Consulting

Experience & qualifications

Andrew has worked in senior leadership and specialist advice roles within industry organisations, the Ministry for Primary Industries (previously MAF) and the Department of Conservation. Andrew has a wide range of experience in relation to governance, leading development of strategy, leading law reform, developing strategic and operational policy, managing operations, serving as a national regulator, and providing specialist advice.


Previous roles include:

Principal Consultant and MD AHC Ltd 2012-current
Chairman of the Board New Zealand Plant Producers Inc 2012-2019
Biosecurity Manager (part time) Kiwifruit industry (Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc.) 2012-2018
Group Manager (Pest Management) MAF Biosecurity New Zealand/ Ministry of Primary Industries 2005-2012
Acting Group Manager (Biosecurity Policy)  MAF Biosecurity New Zealand 2011
Senior Policy Analyst MAF Biosecurity Strategic Unit 2004
Senior Technical Support Officer (Biosecurity) Department of Conservation 2002-2003
Technical Support Officer (Biodiversity) Department of Conservation 1998-2001
Director Harrison & Associates Ltd (Creative Landscapes and Nursery) 1995-1997


Andrew's governance experience includes:

  • Chair of steering group, NZ Plant Production Biosecurity Scheme (2018-current)
  • Trustee, Te Puna School Board (2018-current)
  • Member, Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital Leadership Team (2018-current)
  • Member, Myrtle Rust Response Governance Group (2017)
  • Chairman of the board, New Zealand Plant Producers Ltd. (2012 – May 2019)
  • Member, Biosecurity 2025 ‘Biosecurity Team of 4.7 million New Zealanders’ (2017-18)
  • Co-Chair, End-User Advisory Panel to the NZ BioHeritage National Science Challenge (2015 – 2016)
  • Member, Fruit Fly Response Governance Group (2014)
  • Board Member on the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute Executive (2006 - 2009)
  • Chair of the National Pest Plant Accord Steering Committee (2005-2012)
  • New Zealand Member of the Australian Vertebrate Pests Committee (2007-2012)
  • Chair, Central Regional Government Biosecurity Coordination Group (2005-2012)
  • Chair, Future of Pest Management Steering Committee (2009-2012) 
  • Chair, Response Strategic Leadership, Kauri Dieback Joint Agency Response (2009-2010)
  • Leader, New Zealand Frog Recovery Group (2000-2002) 


Andrew's qualifications include:

  • M.Sc. in Resource Management (First Class Honours), Lincoln University (1997 – 1998)
  • B.Sc. in Ecology and Environmental Science, Massey University (1991, 1993 - 1994)