Lucy Johnson


Lucy comes from North Canterbury, where she grew up on a sheep, beef and horticultural enterprise. Lucy’s connection to the Primary Industry in Canterbury is very strong.

Lucy graduated from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Environmental Management in 2004. She has held numerous roles with regional council and a long tenure with Synlait, during some significant growth phases of the business. Working within the manufacturing and farming arms of Synlait Milk and Synlait Farms. It was at this time that Lucy was instrumental in the development of Synlait’s Lead with PrideTM on-farm certification programme. Lucy started her own Agribusiness and Project Management Consultancy and has worked alongside a number of farming businesses, levy organisations, red meat companies and agri related enterprises. Lucy has her own consultancy, working in predominantly in the environmental, business strategy and planning space.

Lucy has a strong passion for people and enjoys seeing people grow and develop in their roles. Ensuring positive and practical solutions are gained through a continual improvement focus, embedding lean principles to the way we work, influencing practical policy outcomes and breaking these down to practical application within the primary sector are at the core of her work ethos.

Lucy is a Kellogg Rural Leaders scholar and NZIPIM member.

Lucy has a young family and juggles the competing demands of family and work. As an active relaxer, any time spent outdoors, getting her hands in the soil, gardening and exploring new places fill her cup.