Meet the team

Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Managing Director

Matt has travelled the path our trainees embark on when they sign up with Agri Training. Matt grew up in mid Canterbury and began his career in the agricultural sector enrolling in the Farm Cadet scheme for his trade certificate after leaving school. 

Biography

On graduating Matt began work on arable farms, later moving to work as a shepherd. He then worked as a contractor in shearing, milking cows, shifting irrigators, and truck and tractor driving.

His passion has always been in the agricultural sector and he now owns and operates a number of successful agriculture related businesses. His investments span contracting, recruitment, the dairy industry and sheep milking. 

Matt has also travelled extensively, which has given him a clear understanding of international farming practices and protocols.

He is passionate about education and knows that trades-based training will deliver fit-for-purpose workers into the primary industries. He ensures the needs of the sector and the employer are firmly at the centre of everything we do at Agri Training. This ensures we reach the standards of excellence in teaching, learning, and research to develop leaders in the dairy industry with disciplines which make a difference globally.

Warner

Warner Cottrell

Training Advisor

Warner has farming in his blood.  Mix this with his experience in training people and it becomes a powerful force for good.

Biography

He grew up on a Canterbury beef and sheep farm, then spent five years shearing throughout New Zealand and Australia. 

His next stop was Lincoln University to study farm management. This was followed by ten years of share-milking in both Taranaki and Canterbury. He then worked for LIC in the Nelson/Marlborough region, here he gained extensive experience in the farm servicing sector.

After the Canterbury earthquakes, Warner decided to do a carpentry apprenticeship and worked as a carpenter as the region underwent many years of rebuilding. His next move was to the BCITO – the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, assessing trainees in six different trades. 

Warner is well experienced and qualified in all aspects of what we deliver and is passionate about helping people in the agricultural sector gain an industry recognised qualification.

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Trina Moore

Project Manager

Born and bred in Mid Canterbury, Trina is deeply passionate about empowering people through training. 

 

Biography

Trina understands the daily rhythm of life on the farm, the power of education and how the strength of building strong connections between our trainees and farmers will benefit New Zealand.

Her background is in Project Management, HR, and administration and she holds a Graduate Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management).

Trina’s driver is to ensure the New Zealand primary industries are continually attracting young talent and they are appropriately trained to be the next leaders on our land in our agribusinesses.

Strong leadership. Clear vision.

The magic of Agri Training lies in its clear objective. 

We exist to train the next generation of rural leaders, ensuring they have the applied skill, knowledge and hands-on experience to take New Zealand primary industries to even greater success.

Our Board is a group of committed and passionate industry-focused individuals who all share a genuine desire and passion to see the rural sector thrive and grow.

They understand New Zealand will only thrive when the next generation of leaders are put through relevant and practical vocational training, which delivers positive educational outcomes for the primary sector. 

This team of high-performing individuals provide governance and compliance oversight to ensure effective and rewarding outcomes are achieved in all that we do.