Staff Profile

Dr Roger Robson-Williams
General Manager Science
Sustainable Production

More information about our Sustainable Production research

Dr Roger Robson-Williams


BSc, Applied Biology, University of Hertfordshire, UK
PGDip, Public Leadership & Management, University of Warwick, UK
PhD, University of Sheffield, UK


Leading and managing a group of about 120 staff in the Sustainable Production Portfolio to deliver high quality science to underpin the sustainable development of plant-based food industries in New Zealand. Key elements of the role include building strong relationships with industry and government stakeholders to understand their research needs, growing capability within the Portfolio to meet these needs, and fostering effective partnerships with colleagues across all Plant & Food Research portfolios and with other research providers in New Zealand and overseas.


2012-2014 Director of Research Development, Foundation for Arable Research, New Zealand
2008-2012 Head of Science, Royal Horticultural Society, United Kingdom
1999-2008 Assistant Director of Research, Home-Grown Cereals Authority, United Kingdom
1997-1999 Postdoctoral Plant Pathologist, Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom

Honours & Awards

Professional Memberships

Secretary, British Society for Plant Pathology
Committee Member and Newsletter Editor, Precision Agriculture Association of New Zealand

Key Publications

Williams, R., Brown, H., Dunbier, M., Edmeades, D., Hill, R., Metherell, A., Rahn, C. and Thorburn, P., 2013. A critical examination of the role of OVERSEER® in modelling nitrate losses from arable crops. In: Accurate and efficient use of nutrients on farms. (Eds L.D. Currie and C L. Christensen). Occasional Report No. 26. Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Alexander, P.D., Nevison, I.M. and Williams, R.H. (2013) Improving gardeners understanding of water management in peat and peat-free multi-purpose growing media: an assessment with fuchsia. Acta Horticulturae 1013, 257-263. ISHS/IPS International Symposium on Growing Media and Substrate Analysis, October 2011, Barcelona, Spain.
Alexander, P.D. and Williams, R.H. (2012) Consumer attitudes to peat-free media. The Plantsman, 11(1), p44. Williams, R.H. (2011) Alien pests and diseases. The Garden, March 2010, pp. 192-193.
Alexander, P.D., Blanusa T., Tanner, R. & Williams, R.H. (2010) An examination of PAS100 green compost in green roof substrates. World Green Roof Congress Proceedings, pp. 12. 15-16 September 2010, London, UK.