Dr Marshall, a biotechnologist and chemical engineer, has had a distinguished career in a range of industries including dairy, fruit, meat and seafood. He brings with him a wealth of expertise, from previous roles as managing director of ViaLactia Biosciences Ltd, group director R&D of the New Zealand Dairy Board and chief executive of the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute (now Fonterra Research Centre).

Dr Marshall currently serves on a number of important committees, including the Investment Advisory Panel for the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Primary Growth Partnership Fund and the Foundation for Arable Research Strategic Research Committee. He is a board member of Seafood Innovations Ltd, the Bioresource Processing Alliance and the Australian Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. A Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST), he was awarded the NZIFST JC Andrews Award for Distinction in Food Science and Technology in 2006 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2012. Dr Marshall also chaired the Thought Leadership Team that the Riddet Institute commissioned to research and author A Call to Arms – A contribution to a New Zealand agri-food strategy, published in 2012.