Beef and Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) executive Lee-Ann Marsh has been appointed the new general manager of innovation funder AGMARDT.
Pyke, who has been a member of the board for two years, has succeeded Richard Green, who will step down from the board this year after six years as a trustee, the last two as chair.
Pyke is a founder and director of Ag Innovate Ltd and Leftfield Innovation Ltd and has extensive governance experience with agricultural business, farms and industry good organisations.
"Richard understands the industry so well and has done a brilliant job," says Pyke.
"I share his passion for the work that AGMARDT does. Our board is strongly focused on aligning with the AGMARDT strategy and on continuing to build the fund so that we can invest more in grants back into improving the food and fibre sector through innovation and developing leadership."
Green said it had been a great privilege to serve on the board.
"AGMARDT has regularly 'refreshed its bench' through bringing in new trustees to ensure diversity of thought and fresh ideas," he says.
"The recent appointment of our new general manager, Lee-Ann Marsh, was a logical time for me to also decide to step down as chair.
"I am looking forward to my final few months on the board and to supporting Nick and our fellow trustees in continuing the fantastic work that AGMARDT does."