At the centre of New Zealand’s foremost cool-climate grape-growing region, MRC provides a connection between research and business that contributes to the Marlborough region and the wider New Zealand economy.


MRC Trust is responsible for the governance of the Research Centre.

An appointed Board guides the MRC on policy, research and funding, Board members are drawn from the New Zealand wine industry, pastoral and agriculture producers, research organisations, universities and the Marlborough District Council.

MRC executive team is based in Blenheim, Marlborough.


Gerald Hope

Chief Executive - Marlborough Research Centre
Email: gerald@mrc.org.nz

Gerald is contracted to the MRC Trust as Chief Executive. He has been associated with the MRC since 1991 when he moved from the wine sector having been a partner in a Winery Start up.  In conjunction with the Trust board he has successfully built a strong asset base on two campuses.   MRC Budge Street and Grovetown Park State Highway 1.  The trial orchard was converted to a 10 hectare sauvignon blanc vineyard in 2002.  Across the campuses there are 12 groups with over 60 people in residence that are administered by MRCT. 

He has served on the Cawthron Trust since 2002, is an elected member of the Nelson Marlborough Health Board where he chairs the Hospital Advisory Committee, an elected member of Marlborough District Council where he is currently Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee. 


Mandy Mitchell

Executive Administrator
Email: mandy@mrc.org.nz

Mandy has been with Marlborough Research Centre for over three years. She has had a successful career in Executive Support and Senior Office Management positions in Wellington prior to moving to Blenheim in 2010. Mandy spent 10 years in the corporate and private IT industry and several years at the Ministry of Health in Wellington. Since moving to Blenheim she has held positions in the food industry and wine sector.

Mandy is responsible for all administrative support, health and safety standards and liaising with tenants related to the Marlborough Research Centre Trust. Her role extends to a variety of duties directly relevant to the smooth running of the Research Centre and dealing with the many meetings, visitor contact and organising events that frequently take place.