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Regional Distribution Manger Upper North Island
Dean Guerin
Dean Guerin

Distribution

Regional Sales Manager Eastern
Jamie Chapman
Jamie Chapman

Senior Sales Staff

Regional Distribution Manger Central North Island
Tony Bielawski
Tony Bielawski

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Gore
Andrew McIntyre
Andrew McIntyre

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Owhiro
Wayne Mansfield
Wayne Mansfield

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Invercargill
Justin Frew
Justin Frew

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Morrinsville
Paul Alsemgeest

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Feilding
Robert Howard
Robert Howard

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Te Awamutu
John Askew
John Askew

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Netherton
Mike O'Brien
Michael O'Brien

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Dargaville
Bruce Dawes
Bruce Dawes

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Irirangi
Alan Troon
Alan Troon

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Bell Block
Dennis Taylor
Dennis Taylor

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Te Poi
Brendon Ruck
Brendon Ruck

Distribution

Manufacturing/Fertiliser Team Leader Morrinsville
Hayden Joyce
Hayden Joyce

Distribution

Key Accounts NS Otago Southland
Latoya Grant
Latoya Grant

Key Accounts

Latoya Grant joined Ballance in early 2009 on a cadetship basis, learning the ropes and looking after clients in the Western NZ-WAI in a caretaker role. After five months she moved to the South Island to take up a permanent role in Otago.

Latoya's interest in farming stems from the many school holidays that she spent on friends' farms in and around the Wanaka district. As a result of this experience, she decided to study agriculture and in 2008 she completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Lincoln University. While studying she had the opportunity to work on several dairy and sheep and beef properties over the lower South Island. She also undertook an honours project, for which she examined nitrate leaching under various crops. 

Working in the plant nutrient arena is very rewarding, says Latoya, as it gives her an opportunity to get onto a wide range of farms, meet interesting people and help them to make good decisions about their soil fertility programme. It really pays off when you can see production grow on properties that you have been involved with, she adds.

When she is not working, Latoya enjoys a wide range of sports, and has a particular passion for hockey, snowboarding and rugby.

Regional Distribution Manager Upper South Island
John Antcliffe

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Waipukurau
Phil Hayes
Phil Hayes

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Manaia
Wayne Trengrove
Wayne Trengrove

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Pukekohe
Richard Flynn
Richard Flynn

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Otorohanga
Murray Bleasel

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Oamaru
Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Ashburton
Cory Timothy
Cory Timothy

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Huntly
Craig Moffitt

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Whakamaru
Jason Booth
Jason Booth

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Te Kuiti
Patrick Doyle
Patrick Doyle

Distribution

Regional Distribution Manager Lower North Island
Kiri McRae
Kiri McRae

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Rotorua
Daniel Power
Daniel Power

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Greatford
Richard Bridewell
Richard Bridewell

Distribution

Nutrient Specialist Pahiatua
Georgia Davies
Georgia Davies

Nutrient Specialist

Farm Sustainability Senior Specialist
Hannah Stewart
Hannah Stewart

Farm Sustainability Services

Hannah joined Ballance in 2016 as a Sales Cadet and then went on to cover Nutrient Specialist positions in Northland and the Waikato.

Hannah moved into a Farm Sustainability Senior Specialist role in September 2019, based in Pukekohe. She completed her Science degree at the University of Otago studying Land and Planning Development and Environmental Management. She has since become a Certified Nutrient Management advisor.

Hannah enjoys spending time with friends and family whilst being active outdoors.

Service Centre Manager Edgecumbe
Billie Carr
Billie Carr

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Pungarehu
Jacinda Cox

Distribution

Nutrient Specialist South Wairarapa
Anthea Poulopoulo
Anthea Poulopoulos

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Coastal Taranaki
Tracey Thomson

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Cambridge West
Mark Ter-Morshuizen
Mark Ter-Morshuizen

Nutrient Specialist

Mark Ter-Morshuizen joined Ballance in January 2013, having moved from the company's then other farm nutrient division, Altum. He brings a wide range of farming experience, gained in both New Zealand and South African agricultural industries.

Having completed a Diploma in Agriculture, Mark managed both dairy farms and large sugar cane estates in his home country, but moved with his family to New Zealand in 2005. In the following six years he worked in a variety of rural industries, including a dairy farm, a dairy genetics company, in rural banking and in animal feeds.

Cambridge-based Mark spends his spare time on a range of family duties involving his kids, gardening and DIY. And yes, he does know which rugby team to support!

Retail Development Rep Upper NI
Grant Gillard
Grant Gillard

Merchant Specialists

Grant joined Ballance in 1999 as a Field consultant in Northland, transferring to the NZ-WAI in 2002. As well as his extensive knowledge of the fertiliser industry, Grant has considerable experience in the wider agricultural sector.

Prior to joining Ballance he spent 17 years working with rural farm supply companies such as Dalgety Crown as a horticultural representative, and then in 1986 Wrightson Ltd in Pukekohe. He then went onto managing stores at Maramarua, Papakura and Taumarunui. Together, these roles have allowed Grant to gain a wealth of information about the fertiliser industry and the vital role that rural merchants perform in supporting New Zealand agriculture.

When he is not working Grant enjoys family time with his wife and three teenage children, gardening, fishing and DYI work. Grant also has a strong community involvement and is a volunteer with St John providing support with governance and training. 

Nutrient Specialist Rotorua
Glenn Rowlinson
Glenn Rowlinson

Nutrient Specialist

Glenn Rowlinson is the Ballance Nutrient Specialist for the Rotorua Region.

Glenn grew up on a family farm in Ngakuru where he is still a fourth generation farmer in the area. After leaving school he worked on the farm until he decided to follow a career in rural sales. This led him to a role selling Honda motorcycles and then eventually onto a Technical Sales Position for Farm Source in the Rotorua region, before joining Ballance in January 2017.

In Glenns’ spare time he is Chairman of the Ngakuru School Board of trustees, and enjoys helping his wife run their Beef and dairy grazing farm. Glenn enjoys going water-skiing during the summer months.

Horticulture Specialist Hawkes Bay
Jonathan Ritchie
Jono Ritchie

Arable and Horticulture

Jonathan made the switch to the Horticulture team in July 2018, taking up the Horticulture & Arable Specialist Hawkes Bay role. Prior to this he had been the Nutrient Specialist for Waipukurau, originally joining Ballance in October 2016. 

After growing up on a sheep and beef farm in Central Hawkes Bay, he travelled to Australia, gaining work on cattle station in the Northern Territory. 

On his return to New Zealand, he spent time working on the family farm before completing a Diesel apprenticeship. Jonathan then spent several years tending the machinery needs of the Hawkes Bay and East Coast farmers. 

His desire to be involved in the agricultural sector saw a change from Diesel machines to working for a large-scale horticulture group in Hastings. When the chance to work in his home region arose, it was an opportunity he had to take. 

Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife and two girls.

Nutrient Specialist West Coast
Paul Turner
Paul Turner

Nutrient Specialist

Paul joined the Ballance Upper South Island Team as the West Coast Nutrient Specialist during November 2006.

He came to us after 16 years at Invermay Agricultural Centre working for MAF and AgResearch, where he was involved in the sheep and wool industries. He also brings customer service experience with the Soil fertility service.

Paul is back in the Top of South Island sales team after a secondment to our mapping team. He is a very team oriented man, and is very competitive. He loves the West Coast lifestyle and building relationships with shareholders and the rural community.

Paul’s passion is travel and he uses most of his annual for overseas adventures, which have seen him visit Japan, USA, Thailand and Australia.

Nutrient Specialist Eastern Southland
Rebecca Bell
Rebecca Bell

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Matamata West
Stuart Lumley
Stuart Lumley

Nutrient Specialist

Stuart Lumley is the Nutrient Specialist for Matamata West

Originally from South Africa, Stuart joined us in the land of the long white cloud in 1999 and settled into running a successful dairy farm at Tapora, near the Kaipara Harbour.

After a run in with a bull left him with a broken back, Stuart needed a new career that still used his passion for farming.

‘Working as the Nutrient Specialist in the Matamata area is great because it gives me the chance to give sound agronomic advice to people and I really enjoy speaking to farmers about their needs.’

Stuart is also a keen fisherman and musician.

Nutrient Specialist Southern Sthlnd East
Garth Dawson
Garth Dawson

Nutrient Specialist

Garth Dawson joined Ballance as the Nutrient Specialist for Southern Southland East in November 2016, bringing with him considerable experience in both hands-on farming and business management.

A born-and-bred Southlander, Garth started his career in the agricultural industry working for Farmers Mutual Group, progressing to the role of company representative. He then moved to the Alliance Group, where his responsibilities included management of the Ocean Beach beef farm operation and sheep-holding block.

A previous stint at Ballance starting in 1993 saw Garth hold a variety of roles, including extensive time spent in leadership of the sales team before moving on in 2015.

Garth has a Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Management (Otago) and a Certificate in Sustainable Nutrient Management (Massey)

Farm Sustainability Services Senior Specialist
Aaron Pemberton
Aaron Pemberton

Farm Sustainability Services

Aaron joined the Farm Sustainability Services team in November 2019 to follow his passion in Farm Sustainability. He moved to this role following 11 years as a Key Accounts Representative for Ballance, covering the Waikato and King Country Regions. Prior to that he had worked as a Nutrient Specialist for Ballance in the North Waikato and King Country areas.

Aaron grew up on the family dairy farm in the King Country. He went on to achieve an Honours degree in Agricultural Science at Lincoln University, and furthered his practical education by working on both dairy and sheep and beef farms. In 2015 completed his certification to become certified as a Nutrient Management Adviser. And has since also completed Soil Conservation and Green House Gases courses at Massey University. Aaron is also certified with the Waikato Region Council as a Certified Farm Nutrient Advisor (CFNA).

The opportunity to get out and meet a variety of farmers is one aspect of the job that Aaron really enjoys. He also gets satisfaction from working with his farming customers to make a positive and sustainable change for their farming business.

When he's not working, Aaron likes to indulge in some fishing and spend time with his family.

Farm Sustainability Services Manager
Claire Bekhuis
Claire Bekhuis

Senior Sales Staff

Claire has always had an eye on sustainability, graduating from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Geography and Environmental Studies, she then went on to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Commerce Majoring in Public Policy with a special interest in Environmental Policies.  Last year Claire travelled to America to complete an Executive program ‘Implementing Strategy for Competitive Advantage’ at The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

Claire started with Ballance in 2014 in our sales team where she worked in various capacities, previously the Regional Sales Manager for the Eastern Region, where her passion for developing people and developing the region has helped shape high performance, and deep connections with local farmers in the region.  Recognised as a leader in the industry in 2015, when she was nominated for Farmax Emerging Rural Professional of the Year.
 
Farm Sustainability is a real passion of Claire’s, whether coaching nutrient specialists to support farmers make smarter decisions through their fertiliser programmes or her involvement in the local BOP Ballance Farm Environment Awards as a finalist Judge and as part of the committee. Claire is looking forward to engaging in her new capacity with a wide range of Government Bodies, Regional Councils and Industry Stakeholders. 

When Claire is not working, she enjoys walking her two German Short Haired Pointers Bain and Mikka as well as playing social sports Netball and Volleyball. 

Nutrient Specialist Central BOP
Dusty Hulley
Arnold Hulley

Nutrient Specialist

Arnold Hulley (better known as Dusty) joined the Eastern Sales team in September 2020, stepping in as the Nutrient Specialist for the Central BOP region

He originally joined Ballance in March 2011 as a Nutrient Specialist for the Hauraki-Coromandel region. After three years’ service, he then moved to a role with Farm Source where he broadened his knowledge base in the farming industry. He returned to Ballance Agri-Nutrients in October 2015, with a stint back in the Hauraki-Coromandel region. From there he delved into the Horticulture side of the sector as our Hort & Arable Specialist in the BOP, before taking up his current role.

Dusty grew up in the farming sector and then went on to managing large-scale agriculture farms, growing numerous different crops as well as dry stock and wild game farming.

After moving to New Zealand with his family, they settled in the Hauraki Plains region. There he joined the Dairy sector and gained qualifications in the industry.

His strengths and knowledge come from a practical experience base, with his fields of expertise including dairy production, cropping, and pasture management, as well as a commitment to sustainable farming.

When not working, Dusty enjoys the outdoors, mountain biking, tramping, fishing, and tennis as well as being involved with his kid’s sports and activities.

Nutrient Specialist Tokoroa South
David Salmon
David Salmon

Nutrient Specialist

David Salmon is your Nutrient Specialist for Tokoroa South region.

After high school David worked on farms to fund an agricultural economics degree at Massey University. A post-graduate OE saw him explore Europe and the Middle East, before returning home. He worked on the commissioning of the Litchfield Cheese Factory, and then later moved on to manage a 400-cow dairy farm near Gordonton.

'I joined Altum (now Ballance) over 10 years ago and love helping our farmers increase their profitability and environmental protection.'

Feburary 2017 David completed the Te Araroa Cycle trail on his mountain bike, cape reinga to bluff in 18days.

He likes to run, cycle, swim and kayak and devotes time to his family, the and Shininglights Trust where he is a volunteer for the “Hope Project” initiatives.

National Sales Manager
Andrew Sanders
Andrew Sanders

Senior Sales Staff

Andrew Sanders joined Ballance as a Nutrient Specialist in the Rotorua district in May 2004, and was promoted to the position of Area Sales Manager in April 2008. After another promotion Andrew became the North Island Regional Sales Manager, and is now the National Sales Manager.

Prior to joining Ballance, Andrew ran an agricultural contracting business in the central North Island. A native of Yorkshire, England, Andrew grew up in a small farming village and says his choice of career was influenced by his grandparents, who had an arable farm nearby.

After graduating with a Diploma in Agriculture, Andrew specialised in pigs and cereals, progressing through the ranks to Assistant Manager of a 550-sow breeding unit and 500-hectare arable farm.

 

Key Accounts NS South Canterbury Otago
Jessica Ruddenklau
Jessica Ruddenklau

Key Accounts

Jessica has been with Ballance since January 2004, initially working as a Nutrient Specialist in the Southland region before being promoted to the Key Accounts position in 2011. She has completed a Bachelor of Science through Otago University, and followed this up with a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Agriculture) from Lincoln University, as well as being a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor.

She grew up on the family 325-hectare sheep farm in Southland, and regularly spends time back on the farm helping out, which enables her to hone her practical farming skills. Jessica has been involved in the rural community through a number of roles with the likes of Young Farmers, Young Professionals, Dairy Women’s Network Conference Committee and the Monitor Farm Advisory Board. She also helps with mentoring fellow Nutrient Specialists and has taken on the challenge of secondments into management roles within the company.

Nutrient Specialist Wanganui
Amy Tomsett
Amy Tomsett

Nutrient Specialist

Born and raised on a sheep and beef property in Porangahau, Amy has a lifelong connection to the land.

Educated in Marton and then going on to attend Massey University, she graduated with a Diploma in Agriculture.

Amy is a keen Young Farmers member and squash player at the local Te Kuiti club.

As the Ballance Nutrient Specialist in the King Country, Amy brings a genuine passion and commitment to the role and loves the King Country community.

Nutrient Specialist Upper Nth Canterbury
Rowan Muller
Rowan Muller

Nutrient Specialist

Raised on an orchard in Hawke’s Bay, Rowan was well educated even before studying forestry science at Canterbury University.

He joined Elders after working in labour contracting to horticulture, viticulture and agriculture in Canterbury, Marlborough and Otago, switching to Altum (now Ballance) in early 2010.

'I am keen on hunting and fishing in the Southern Alps and I hope to be able to travel the world and hunt. It’s great getting out and meeting a lot of different people in various farming systems and being able to customise a complete nutrient programme specific for them.'

Nutrient Specialist Dargaville
Noel Bethel
Noel Bethel

Nutrient Specialist

Noel was brought up on a small drystock farm near Umawera, his secondary schooling was at Okaihau College.

After a short stint working on a sheep and beef farm outside Masterton, he then headed to Massey University to complete a BAg. A desire to return to Northland led to 4 years in rural merchandise, from where the opportunity arose to join Farmers Fertiliser in 1989.

After 10 years in the fertiliser industry Noel left to rear calves on a small block just north of Moerewa.

Married, and with two small children Noel moved to Kerikeri and joined a small family business in the Nursery/landscaping industry. Fifteen years later the urge to re-join agriculture led to him buying a 15ha block at Pakaraka, returning to rural merchandise for a short period before the opportunity to re-join Ballance.

Noel’s hobbies include “The Farm” and building outdoor furniture. He also has two adult sons, both living near Perth, Western Australia

Key Accounts NS Central Plateau
Andrew Rutherford
Andrew Rutherford

Key Accounts

Andrew Rutherford is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for the Central Plateau, and has worked in the agriculture industry for 20 years. He spent seven years with PGG Wrightson Ltd working up through the ranks from a trainee in the Central Plateau to Branch Manager in Katikati, before joining Ballance in March 2002. A promotion to Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist followed in April 2008 - a role in which Andrew enjoys building strong business relationships, and having a positive influence on his customers farming operations through providing quality advice.

Having grown up on his family’s 225-hectare sheep and beef farm in the southern Hawke’s Bays, Andrew has a thorough and practical appreciation of farming. He has combined this experience with the learnings gained through his time at both PGG Wrightson and Ballance to develop a broad knowledge of the agricultural sector.

He has also gained accreditation as a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor, and has spent a number of years as the Judges Coordinator for the Ahuwhenua Trophy Competition. This has extended his network within both Maori farming and the farming industry as a whole.

Farm Sustainability Services Senior Specialist
Sara Elmes
Sara Elmes

Farm Sustainability Services

Sara was born and bred in rural Hawkes Bay, gaining dairy, sheep, beef and deer experience throughout her early years. A passion for the sheep and beef industry led her to study a BSc and MSc in Animal Science and Agriculture at Massey University, with her primary Masters research investigating the on farm factors that may affect lamb growth, carcass characteristics and meat quality.
Having a drive to move south, Sara moved to Otago to work for AgResearch in the Animal Genomics field team, conducting research in the sheep, beef and deer industries.
Sara joined Ballance in April 2016 as a nutrient specialist to work alongside farmers to add value and drive farm profitability. Sara is now a senior farm sustainability specialist in Otago/Southland and looks forward to working with farmers and industry to overcome environmental challenges and to farm sustainably for future generations. Outside of work she is involved in the rural community through the Young Farmers club and enjoys a range of outdoor activities including mountain biking, skiing and hunting. 

Nutrient Specialist Te Awamutu West
Martyn Ebbett
Marty Ebbett

Nutrient Specialist

Martyn Ebbett joined Ballance in June 2005, having spent the previous ten years working in the rural banking sector, much of it in the greater NZ-WAI district.

Spending time on his uncle’s Te Puke sheep and kiwifruit farm was enough to convince Martyn that his future lay in agriculture. A season dairy farming helped fund him through a Bachelor of Agriculture (Rural Valuation) at Massey University, after which he added to his practical experience by working on several different farms in New Zealand, Australia, England and Scotland.

Away from work, much of Martyn’s time is spent with his family, out on the road cycling, and playing the guitar.

Farm Sustainability Regional Manager - North Island
Briar Robertson
Briar Robertson

Farm Sustainability Services

Briar commenced her role of Farm Sustainability Services Regional Manager in January 2019, based at Mount Maunganui.

Briar joined Ballance in early 2017 as a Nutrient Specialist in the Taupo region, previously working for Farm Source, DairyNZ and AgResearch.

Briar grew up in Bulls on her parent’s dairy farm before moving into Palmerston North to attend Massey University. While there she completed a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Animal Science and Agricultural Science, followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma in Animal Science.

Now CNMA qualified, she has a strong passion for sustainability both in her work and personal life and strives to support New Zealand’s food and fibre producers to make positive on farm change.

In her downtime she loves spending time at the beach, reading and socialising with friends and family

Nutrient Specialist Gisborne
Mark Gemmell
Mark Gemmell

Nutrient Specialist

Originally joining the company under the Summit Quinphos banner in 1990, Mark has been with us through the changing faces of the company – from the re-branding to Altum to the merge into Ballance Agri-Nutrients.

Holding a sales role in the Gisborne/Wairoa region since joining the company, Mark works within the East Coast team as contractor. He has completed Nutrient Management courses through Massey, and enjoys the satisfaction of helping his clients reach their farming and production goals.

Mark has first-hand experience in the industry, as he and his wife own a 760 effective hectare sheep and beef farm inland from Gisborne, which is managed by their son. The property has a 50:50 sheep cattle ratio, finishes all their lambs, and has breeding cows as well bull trading and finishing.

Nutrient Specialist Central & East Otago
Paula Macfie
Paula Macfie

Nutrient Specialist

Paula is the Nutrient Specialist servicing the Central & East Otago regions.

Paula grew up on a family farm in South Otago, and completed a BSc in Geography from Otago University.

She started her career at AgResearch, where she worked for 3 ½ years in the soil team based at Invermay. This was followed by five months working voluntarily in Nepal, much of this in the agricultural sector. Paula then headed to Perth, Australia working at the Department of Agriculture and Food, with wheat and barley research.

Her hobbies include squash, indoor netball, touch, tramping and reading.

Nutrient Specialist Morrinsville North
Manjit Singh
Manjit Singh

Nutrient Specialist

Manjit Singh is your Nutrient Specialist for the Morrinsville North region. Originally from India, Manjit went to primary school in Hamilton, going on to graduate with a Masters degree from the University of NZ-WAI. His early career was in the cosmetics industry in Auckland, after which he bought a 280-cow dairy farm near Tahuna, which he now farms with his wife and two children.

Manjit joined the Altum team in February 2009 and 'has really enjoyed getting to meet so many farmers and doing the best we can for them. I like to read non-fiction books, and compensate with road running to try to keep fit'.

Key Accounts Manager North Island
Grahame Fitzgerald
Grahame Fitzgerald

Senior Sales Staff

After graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, majoring in farm management and valuation, Grahame joined the Rural Bank in Taranaki. In a varied career, Grahame has held a number of roles with different organisations across the North Island including: client relationship management, farm consultancy and leadership of teams.

Grahame has a passion for coaching others to be effective and achieving their goals and brings a wealth of coaching and commercial acumen to the sales team.

Grahame also holds a Post graduate Diploma in Business and Administration endorsed in Human Resource Management and a Diploma in Business in Property Management.

When not working Grahame enjoys a range of activities including endurance events, coaching children’s football and following a range of sports.

Nutrient Specialist Eastern Otago
Bruce Beckingsale
Bruce Beckingsale

Nutrient Specialist

Bruce Beckingsale joined Ballance in June 2008, having had a long career in farm consultancy. During his career in the farm advisory service, he has been based in Invercargill, Fairlie and Balclutha, which has given him in-depth knowledge of the various farming challenges that are encountered in these diverse areas.

As well as consulting to farmers working on everything from extensive high country to intensive lowland farms, Bruce has run his own small block near Invercargill. This operation is focused on calf rearing and lamb finishing. Each year Bruce rears up to 300 calves and finishes up to 600 lambs.

Bruce's practical experience of farming and his deep knowledge of local conditions and challenges make him an ideal person to assist local farmer with their key fertiliser decisions.

Nutrient Specialist King Country East
Kristin Dickson
Kristin Dickson

Nutrient Specialist

Kristin started with Ballance in January 2016 as a Cadet in Otago. She has been in the Waikato since August 2016 as a Nutrient Specialist in the Putaruru Tirau area.

Kristin was raised on a dairy farm in Southland and has worked on a range of other farms. She studied a B.Com.Ag at Lincoln University which was where her interest in soil science started. She has always been interested in farming and agriculture, and enjoys meeting a variety of farmers and seeing different farming systems.

In her spare time she enjoys getting out on the farm. She also participates in western riding and gets a lot of satisfaction from working with and training young horses.

Nutrient Specialist Te Aroha
Thea James
Thea James

Nutrient Specialist

Thea James, otherwise known as ‘TJ’, is the Nutrient Specialist for the Te Aroha region.

Originally from England, Thea spent her adolescence in Tauranga spending every spare moment on friend’s farms. The farm exposure sparked a keen interest in the agricultural sector - this led to completing a Bachelor of AgriScience at Massey University in Palmerston North.

During her studies, Thea worked on a variety of farms during semesters and holidays - dairying in Central Otago and Canterbury, a Hereford stud in Hawkes Bay and relief milking in the Manawatu.

After concluding her studies, Thea undertook a summer internship with Horizons Regional Council for the Sustainable Land Use Initiative. She then joined Ballance Agri-Nutrients in February 2017 as part of the Sales Intern program. Since June 2017, Thea has been based out of the Morrinsville service centre as the Te Aroha nutrient specialist.

Outside of work, Thea enjoys socialising with friends and family, horse riding and exploring the great New Zealand outdoors.

Regional Sales Manager East Coast
Hadyn Eade
Hadyn Eade

Senior Sales Staff

Key Accounts NS Taupo/Waikato
Katie Aitkenhead
Catherine Aitkenhead

Key Accounts

Katie is the Key Account Specialist for Taupo/Waikato.

Growing up on farms in both the King Country and NZ-WAI, Katie then attended Massey University and gained a BSci (Hons) from Massey University in Chemistry, before joining Ballance in December 2013.

Prior to joining Ballance, she worked for Plant and Food Research and Gribbles Veterinary Pathology in the biochemistry department, looking at nitrogen levels in plants.

Her passion for the role is in meeting a variety of people and sharing knowledge of soils and farm systems.

Nutrient Specialist Otorohanga
Jessica Rawlings
Jessica Rawlings

Nutrient Specialist

Jessica Rawlings joined Ballance in October 2015 as a Sales Cadet in the Taranaki region, before progressing to Nutrient Specialist Te Aroha, based out of the Morrinsville Service Centre.

Jessica completed a secondary teaching degree but decided that sitting in a classroom was not for her

Key Accounts NS Otago Southland
Selina Copland
Selina Copland

Key Accounts

Selina joined Ballance in August 2014. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture at Lincoln University in 2012 before moving into the workforce with Midlands Seeds Ltd in Ashburton.

Selina comes from a South Island farming family with roots in the Seafield area of Mid Canterbury. The family farm of 550 hectares is a mix of sheep, beef, pig and cropping.Living all her life in a diverse farming environment naturally led her into the agricultural industry and she spent much of her university practical experience in Southland.

In her spare time, she loves nothing better than getting into the high country alongside her father and friends enjoying the challenge and excitement it offers.

On the sporting side of things, Selina has been a keen netballer from a young age. Not only playing for her club side but also coaching the lower grades.

To round things out Selina is following her Mum's example, trying out a new recipe from time to time while getting the satisfaction of wearing clothes she has made herself.

Nutrient Specialist King Country West
Sam McDougall
Samuel McDougall

Nutrient Specialist

Sam grew up in Tauranga, and while at school worked on a number of dairy and sheep and beef farms in the holidays.

This practical experience cemented his passion for the agricultural industry and led him to Massey University in Palmerston North to complete a Bachelor of Agri-Science. Following this he briefly worked on a Sheep and Beef farm in the King Country before joining Ballance Agri-Nutrients in March 2016 as a Sales Cadet. In this role, he looked after a number of areas while other colleagues were on leave and assisted the South NZ-WAI team throughout the Spring period. This gave him valuable time in the field, and allowed him to step up into a Nutrient Specialist role in November 2016.

Besides work, Sam enjoys spending time outside whether it be on the lake, mountain or the farm with family and friends.

Sam is passionate about all things farming, so is looking forward to meeting you and your family, and getting to know your business.

Nutrient Specialist Methven Rakaia
Charlotte Field
Charlotte Field

Nutrient Specialist

Regional Sales Manager Top South Island
David Perry
David Perry

Senior Sales Staff

David Perry joined Ballance in July 2011, bringing with him considerable experience of the wider rural sector.

Born and raised in Nelson, after he finished secondary school David headed south to Lincoln University, where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree, with a strong focus on soils and nutrients.

He then spent time working for rural merchants PGG Wrightson and for Elders Rural Holdings. His move to Ballance resulted from the desire to build on his knowledge and become more of a specialist.

When he's not working, David enjoys a range of water sports, especially boating, fishing and skiing. 

Nutrient Specialist Central Sthlnd East
Grant Hardie
Grant Hardie

Nutrient Specialist

Grant Hardie is the Nutrient Specialist covering the Central Southland East area.

Grant grew up on a sheep property in Dipton, before completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture at Lincoln University in 2006.

He then decided to travel to the UK in 2010 where he worked for a fencing contractor in the Hampshire county and then a sheep and beef property in the Scottish borders.

Grant’s Interests include farming, sports and the outdoors

Nutrient Specialist North Otago
Kerry Galvin
Kerry Galvin

Nutrient Specialist

Born and bred in Otematata, Kerry now resides in the mighty Haka Valley on a sheep and beef farm with her partner Matt.

With a background in insurance, retail and farming Kerry brought a diverse range of skills to Ballance when she joined us in April 2017. Having spent time working on sheep and beef farms here, as well as cropping farms in Australia and Canada, she has an affinity for the farming sector.

Prior to her role with Ballance, Kerry further honed her skills and knowledge during her 3 years with Farmlands, so is no stranger to the local farming community.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing netball and getting her hands dirty on farm whenever she gets the chance.

Kerry is looking forward to helping her clients get the best out of their farming operation.

Nutrient Specialist Morrinsville
JB Mikkelsen

Nutrient Specialist

JulieBeth Mikkelsen is the Nutrient Specialist for the Morrinsville area, joining the South Waikato team in April 2017.

She grew up on her parent’s farm in Ohaupo, where they had a dairy herd and a Charolais stud. She then attended Massey University, gaining a Bachelor of AgriScience with First Class Honours.

Initially joining Ballance in April 2013 as a cadet, she progressed to Nutrient Specialist for North Otago in August the same year. After spending two years growing the Ballance brand in the region, JulieBeth left Ballance in August 2015 to help on her parents beef farm in Manawahe. She also spent some time travelling, taking two trips overseas exploring South East Asia, the UK and Europe.

JulieBeth has a passion for agriculture and enjoys getting out on farm and being able to help customers with their nutrient and environmental requirements.

Outside of work, JulieBeth enjoys travelling, playing social netball and spending time with friends and family.

Regional Sales Manager Lower Sth Island
Courtney Nimmo
Courtney Nimmo

Senior Sales Staff

Courtney completed her B Com in Agriculture via correspondence whilst holding down a full time job working for Farmlands - this meant the need to be very time focused and planned. A year after completing her B Com Courtney joined Ballance in 2013, progressing through to Key Accounts starting in December 2016.

Both the Intermediate and Advanced Sustainable Nutrient management courses have been completed allowing the submission of papers to obtain accreditation as a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor. Courtney has also sat the Women in Leadership course run by Agri Womens Development Trust.

Courtney is also a part of the Sheep and Beef strategy team that was set up in 2016 at Ballance. This team play an important role in helping Ballance understand how we help our customers meet future needs and ensure our sales team receive the right training.

Key Accounts NS BoP Central Plateau
Shaun Pulham
Shaun Pulham

Key Accounts

Shaun Pulham joined Ballance in July 2006 as the Nutrient Specialist for the Western Bay of Plenty, and later transferred to the Te Awamutu East region. In January 2014 he was promoted into his current Key Accounts role.

He spent his childhood on the family 450-hectare sheep and beef farm on the southern side of Kawhia Harbour, and furthered this practical knowledge by working on dairy farms in the NZ-WAI region, and mixed cropping farms in Canterbury both before and during his studies. Shaun completed a Diploma in Farm Management and a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) at Lincoln University.

During his time with Ballance Shaun has been involved with judging the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, and has attended a range of agricultural conferences. He credits these activities with both furthering his education, and keeping him up to date with the latest innovations.

Key Accounts NS Upper South Island
Raymond Williams
Raymond Williams

Key Accounts

Raymond Williams joined Ballance Agri-Nutrients in August 1999 as Nutrient Specialist for the Central South Island. In 2009 he was promoted to Key Accounts representative for the Upper South Island region

Being able to offer farmers useful advice, and later receiving positive feedback about the results of that, are two aspects of the job that Raymond enjoys the most.

Before joining Ballance, Raymond spent two years in the United States growing corn with the cropping company Dekalb, and also worked for Wrightson for five and a half years as a field service representative in the Southland region. Underpinning this practical experience is the knowledge he gained completing his Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture).

When it comes to the weekend, Raymond is a fan of the great outdoors, spending his time tramping and playing, cricket and squash. And when he is feeling marginally less energetic, he manages the local Kirwee rugby team and supports the Crusaders and Canterbury teams.

Nutrient Specialist Wstn Sthld & Te Anau
Gary Kirkman
Gary Kirkman

Nutrient Specialist

Gary Kirkman is one of Ballance's longest-serving Nutrient Specialists, having joined the company (or rather, its precursor) in 1986. He brought with him considerable experience in the rural sector, having worked for four years as a livestock instructor for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and five years for Wrightson.

For Gary, the best part of his job with Ballance is meeting farmers and helping them achieve top production by providing them with good advice and quality products.

When he is not working, Gary enjoys keeping fit and fishing the local rivers and lakes. He is also a member of the Te Anau Lions Club.

Nutrient Specialist Mid North
Neil Walker
Neil Walker

Nutrient Specialist

Neil Walker joined Ballance in January 2011, having previously been the assistant farm manager on a 1500-cow farm in Hawke's Bay.

Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Neil spent his early work years in the retail, motor and property sectors. He and his family immigrated to New Zealand in 2008, and Neil embarked on a career in agriculture. While working on dairy farms, Neil took the time to complete a number of agricultural qualifications, to ensure that he could gain as much knowledge of the industry as possible.

Neil spent his first 5 years with Ballance as a Nutrient Specialist in the Far North and during this time, he was able to complete his intermediate and advanced sustainable nutrient management papers through Massey University as well as build and forge excellent relationships with his customers.

Neil is currently servicing the Mid North region where his combination of customer service, technical knowledge and practical farming experience make him an ideal representative for Ballance and Mid North farmers. When he is not working, Neil is an avid runner and a keen fisher-man

Key Accounts NS South Canterbury Otago
Thomas McDonald
Tom McDonald

Key Accounts

Tom McDonald joined Ballance in January 2015 after 10 years working for a Rural Supplies Merchant, specialising in Agronomy and Animal Health.

Tom is passionate about sustainability and conservation tillage and enjoys many of the technical aspects of the role (and is very passionate about Integrated Pest Management in particular).

When it comes to free time, he can be found in his orchard or somewhere in the great outdoors pursuing deer or those ever so cunning fish (that seem to be getting smarter by the year).

Horticulture Business Manager
Scott Beckett
Scott Beckett

Senior Sales Staff

Scott Beckett is the National Horticulture and Arable Business Manager.

Scott joined Ballance in 2012 as the Horticulture Specialist for the Pukekohe region where he quickly gained valuable insights into the unique complexity of the region.  Scott’s passion for Horticulture stemmed long before joining Balance Agri-nutrients.  He commenced his work experience in his homeland of Zimbabwe before moving to the United States to further his education.  Scott has a Bachelor of Crop Science and a Bachelor of Soil Science from Oregon State University.
Whilst studying in the states,  Scott was managing businesses in both Horticulture and Floriculture – and even became fluent in Spanish!

Scott made the decision to follow in the footsteps of some of his family that were already calling NZ home and moved over here and continued his horticultural career. 

Nutrient Specialist South Taranaki
Kate Good
Kate Good

Nutrient Specialist

Kate joined Ballance Agri-Nutrients in September 2016 as the Nutrient Specialist for South Taranaki.

After completing a degree in AgriCommerce from Massey University in 2011, she began working for LIC in a number of roles; the most recent being Reproductive Solutions Advisor for the Lower North Island. Kate is a trained InCalf Advisor, and has completed a Sustainable Nutrient Management Advisory Course.

Kate, her partner and young song George are based in Stratford, where they are sharemilking with their own herd. They milk 350 cows together and love putting their knowledge into practice.

Passionate about the dairy industry, Kate enjoys finding new and innovative ideas to improve and enhance farming businesses.

Nutrient Specialist North Taranaki
Shaun Broderick
Shaun Broderick

Nutrient Specialist

Shaun Broderick is your Nutrient Specialist for North Taranaki.

Originally a teacher, Shaun decided to go dairy farming after returning from his OE. After 17 years milking cows, the last eight on his own farm, it was time for a change and Shaun sold the farm, moved to town and began working for the Taranaki Regional Council. Two years after working for the council, there was an opportunity to work for Ballance, the company he had used himself for nutrient advice while farming.

Shaun enjoys discussions around farming and loves the positive role he can play in assisting farmers achieve their farming goals.

Outside of work he follows the sporting endeavours of his 3 children, surfs and enjoys cycling.

Nutrient Specialist Pukekohe
Nick Riley
Nick Riley

Nutrient Specialist

Nick Riley spent the first 8 years of his working life on a dry stock farm prior to formalising his experience with an Applied Science Degree majoring in Rural Valuation & Farm Management. Following on from this, Nick has spent time in banking and in the fertiliser industry.

Nick and his wife have a passion for farming and have an interest in a 550-cow farm in Southland.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Nutrient Specialist role for Nick is helping farmers achieve production goals, and ensuring he provides them with the most cost effective products to achieve these goals.

Nick returned to Ballance in May 2014, following 2 years in the animal health industry where he gained valuable experience.

When Nick is not working, he enjoys fishing and other outdoor pursuits along with spending time on the side line supporting his stepson at Cricket and Rugby.

Regional Sales Manager Otago
Garth Hannaford
Garth Hannaford

Senior Sales Staff

With a background in banking and some 15 plus years in the agricultural and horticultural sectors both here and in South Africa, Garth is here to help with advice about nutrient management. He has gained experience both practically and in the classroom, and has a passion for helping others and loves to see farmers succeed.

Garth joined Ballance in August 2015, initially based in the Morrinsville North area. He moved a bit further south in March 2016 to take over the Te Awamutu East territory, before changing islands entirely in November 2016 to take up his current role as Regional Sales Manager Otago.

Having lived here since 2008 and an avid rugby fan (yes he supports the right team) he and his family have found it very easy to settle in to the New Zealand way of life. When not throwing a line into water, you can find him on the road hauling himself over the hills on his bicycle.

Key Accounts NS Lower North Island
Damian Hart
Damian Hart

Key Accounts

Damian joined Ballance in March 2011, having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) at Massey University.

Having grown up on a dairy farm in Reporoa, Damian furthered his practical knowledge of agriculture by working on a variety of farms both before and during his studies. He completed his Intermediate and Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management certification through Massey University. He has also completed the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme being one of the very first people to do so. Damian is focused on delivering good service and advice to meet the expectations of our key customers. One of his strong attributes is good planning.

Chief Executive Officer
Mark Wynne
Mark Wynne

Leadership Team

Mark has extensive experience in agribusiness, including 20 years in the dairy industry.

 

Mark was previously President South Asia for Kimberly-Clark, growing the United States multinational’s market share with brands like Kleenex and Huggies. He has a respected international track record for building brands and in managing mergers and acquisitions.

 

Mark is passionate about growth, innovation and talent. He has invested in and advised innovative New Zealand export oriented growth companies and holds a number of Board Directorships.

Nutrient Specialist Eastern BOP
Robert (Blue) Cargill
Robert Cargill

Nutrient Specialist

Robert Cargill (also known as Blue) started in August 2017 as the Nutrient Specialist for the Eastern Bay of Plenty, based out of Edgecumbe.

He has spent most of his life in the rural sector, with the last 14 years working as a Technical Sales Rep with two of the country’s largest Rural Merchant companies.

Blue was previously based in the Horowhenua and Manawatu before relocating to the Bay of Plenty, and is passionate about the rural industry. He enjoys the interaction with his farmers and is looking forward to working alongside them, helping with solutions to increase profitability in their business.

Outside of work he enjoys golf, fishing and horse racing; his wife is a former Jockey and trained their own racehorses.

Service Centre Manager Rolleston
Daniel Bellamy
Daniel Bellamy

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Anama
Anthony Climo
Anthony Climo

Distribution

GM Customer Experience and Marketing
Sheena Henderson
Sheena Henderson

Leadership Team

Sheena leads our research and innovation, communications and marketing teams.

 

Sheena has extensive experience in leading brands nationally and internationally, and has a strong affinity for the needs of farmers and an understanding of the value and opportunities Ballance can deliver to them.

 

She has held a number of business advisory roles in the FMCG, retail, agri-business and primary industries, and has served on a number of boards, including Radio New Zealand, New Zealand Pork, Natural Food Group and the Young Enterprise Trust.

Director
Albert Brantley
Albert Brantley

Board Of Directors

Trained as an engineer and geologist, over the past 40 years Albert has lead the construction and operation of large scale oil and gas, mining and utility assets throughout the world. Until August 2018 he was the Chief Executive of Ōtākaro Limited, the Crown Company responsible for the Anchor Project programme for central Christchurch, and was the Chief Executive of Genesis Energy for 8 years before that. In New Zealand, he has held similar executive roles for OceanaGold Ltd and L&M Mining Ltd.

 

A Canadian, Albert is married to a New Zealander and has been a resident of Canterbury for more than 30 years, although working overseas for much of that time.

 

Most of Albert’s experience has involved significant senior level political, regulatory and environmental management, as well as multicultural community and stakeholder relations management.

 

Albert has provided Board level governance for the past 25 years, and is presently the Independent Chair of the HW Richardson Group, Chair of the Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd, Independent Chair of FarmRight Ltd and a Director of the LGNZ Independent Assessment Board

Director
Kim Ellis
Kim Ellis

Board Of Directors

Mr Ellis was chief executive of Waste Management New Zealand for 13 years, culminating in the company’s sale in 2006. His earlier chief executive appointments, dating back to 1978, covered a number of market sectors including health, manufacturing, logistics, property, agriculture and fashion.

 

Well practised at driving competitive positioning and outcomes within duopoly markets, Mr Ellis also has a substantial amount of experience relating to mergers and acquisitions.

 

A professional director, Mr Ellis currently has roles with Enviro Waste Services, Freightways, Port of Tauranga, FSF Management Company, New Zealand Social Infrastructure Fund, and Metlifecare. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) with first class honours from Canterbury University, and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Economics) with first class honours from Victoria University.

Director
Andrew Morrison
Andrew Morrison

Board Of Directors

Andrew Morrison is a Southland based sheep and beef farmer currently farming 1030 ha between Otago and Southland. Passionate about agriculture he currently serves in the industry good space as a Beef+Lamb NZ director, and is also a New Zealand Meat Board director.

 

Mr Morrison’s not-for-profit involvement includes Ovis Management, which monitors and promotes the control of sheep measles. He is a director on the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium in which industry and government has partnered to research and potentially commercialise methane mitigation solutions in ruminant animals.

 

Mr Morrison is also a member of the Environment Southland Water and Land 2020 Steering Group, set up to provide recommendations to council on initiatives to manage water quality through the requirements of the National Policy Statement on Fresh Water Management.

Director
Sarah von Dadelszen
Sarah von Dadelszen

Board Of Directors

Sarah von Dadelszen, along with husband Sam, operates a 13,000 stock unit sheep and beef property and a 350 cow dairy farm near Takapau, in the central Hawke’s Bay.

 

Sarah has been actively involved in governance roles across the rural sector with the NZ Beef Council and Fonterra Shareholders Council and is currently a trustee of the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT). A former winner of the Richmond Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year, she was awarded a Food and Agribusiness Marketing Experience scholarship studying markets in America, Europe, China and Japan.

 

Sarah has more recently gained a deeper understanding of the intricacies of global agri-business following attendance at the Stanford University Business School with a New Zealand Primary Industry New Zealand Leadership Group, and a trip to Russia and Morocco to attend the International Fertiliser Association Conference and meet with key suppliers to build a further understanding of the fertiliser supply chain.

 

Born into a farming family, Sarah built up considerable practical experience ahead of obtaining a Bachelor of Agriculture from Massey University. After graduation she spent five years in rural banking, adding financial disciplines to her farming knowledge.

Director
Murray Taggart
Murray Taggart

Board Of Directors

Murray Taggart farms a 732 ha irrigated sheep, beef and cropping property near Oxford, North Canterbury.

 

Mr Taggart brings considerable experience to the board, and is currently serving as the chairman of Alliance Group. He is a past director of CRT Society, past chairman of the National Meat and Fibre Council, and past member of the National Board of Federated Farmers.

 

Prior to farming he was employed in the banking sector holding roles in corporate banking. In 1996 Mr Taggart was the recipient of a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, and in 2006 he won the Tasman Region FMG Rural Excellence Award.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. Mr Taggart brings a wider perspective of agriculture to the board from the experience gained through his various governance roles in the farming industry.

Regional Sales Manager Cntrl Sth Island
Louise Aubrey

Senior Sales Staff

Louise has always had an affinity with New Zealand’s agricultural sector after growing up on a Sheep and Beef farm in Central Otago’s Maniototo.

After completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Otago Louise was enticed to the warmer climate of Australia where she worked for 8 years as a Project Environmental Manager in Mining and Construction.

Thankfully she met a good kiwi bloke who brought her back to New Zealand and the agricultural sector, Louise and husband Gerald are based on a High Country property in remote South Canterbury.

Louise joined Ballance in 2016 and has loved every minute of helping farmers understand their environmental footprint and making sense of complex regulations as a Farm Sustainability Specialist and more recently as the South Island Team Leader.

When she’s not at work or busy on the farm you can usually find Louise on a high octane adventure co-piloting a plane or jet boat into the back blocks.

Farm Sustainability Services Specialist
Rebecca Howe

Farm Sustainability Services

Growing up in urban England, Rebecca never imagined a career in agriculture let alone New Zealand. After finishing her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management at Kingston upon Thames in London Rebecca was lured to the Land of the Long White Cloud and has never looked back.


Since arriving in New Zealand in December 2014 Rebecca has learnt a great deal about the Canterbury farming systems. Keen to get stuck in and not afraid of getting her hands dirty Rebecca worked on a Mid Canterbury potato farm along with working for South Pacific Seeds. Rebecca joined the Ballance Farm Sustainability Services team in July 2016 and is now one of our Farm Sustainability Services Senior Specialists.


Rebecca is always keen for a challenge and enjoys pushing herself to learn and achieve new things. She is a passionate believer in sustainability and relishes the opportunity to help farmers continue to farm for generations to come.

 

Farm Sustainability Services Senior Specialist
Julie Lambie
Julie Lambie

Farm Sustainability Services

As a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor Julie loves helping farmers with the pains of growing environmental regulations. Julie takes great pride in assisting farmers through completing nutrient budgets and farm environmental plans to help them understand the positive effects of following Good Management practice on both their farming system and Environmental Sustainability.

Growing up on an Arable property on the coast of Mid Canterbury and working on a dairy farm as a Lincoln student Julie has always had an excellent grasp on farming systems and been passionate about all things agri.

Julie joined the Ballance Farm Sustainability Services team in July 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning from Lincoln University.

Julie loves to get out and about in her spare time and enjoy the great outdoors as well as helping out on her parent’s property and taking part in the activities of the Pendarves Young Farmers Club.

Farm Sustainability Services Senior Specialist
Jessica Hollever
Jessica Hollever

Farm Sustainability Services

Jessica has always been connected to the agricultural industry after growing up on a dairy farm on the plains of North Otago and South Canterbury, although she loves the land and agriculture she got enough dairy experience growing up to know to not fall in love with a dairy farmer.

While at University of Otago, Jessica had a summer internship at Environment Canterbury in their water quality team. After graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science, Jessica travelled to parts of Canada and America.

With some travelling under her belt, it was time to return home and find a job she could be passionate about. Since joining Ballance in September 2016, she has returned to her roots in the agricultural industry and loves providing support to farmers, and helping them to farm within limits due to the ever increasing regulations.

Farm Sustainability Services Senior Specialist
Kathryn Green

Farm Sustainability Services

National Hub Manager
Daryl Richardson
Daryl Richardson

Distribution

Service Centre Supervisor Awarua
Murray Hewitt
Murray Hewitt

Distribution

Distribution Team Leader Kapuni Team B
Paul Mathieson
Paul Mathieson

Distribution

Distribution Supervisor Kapuni
Shane MacBeth
Shane Macbeth

Distribution

Key Accounts NS Central South Island
Jack Savage
Jack Savage

Key Accounts

Jack started with Ballance in January 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Lincoln University. He initially covered the Darfield area as a Nutrient Specialist until heading off on an OE to London in April 2017. On return from overseas Jack started in the Key Accounts role for the Central South Island.

Jack enjoys finding ways to add value to Canterbury farms whilst working within the environmental regulations the clients face. 

In his spare time Jack enjoys getting to remote places around the South Island chasing trout.

Nutrient Specialist Northern Gisborne
Lucy Holden

Nutrient Specialist

Director
Simon Robertson
Simon Robertson

Board Of Directors

Simon Robertson was appointed to our Board in September 2017.

 

Simon is a professional director with extensive commercial experience, including 10 years with Auckland International Airport (AIAL) during a period of significant investment and strategic growth for a business that is New Zealand’s pre-eminent trade and tourism gateway.

 

As CFO for AIAL, he led the finance, accounting, business technology and procurement functions along with investor relations and regulatory affairs. Simon has a proven track-record in strategy and capital-intensive infrastructure investment.

 

He is a director of Flick Energy, and previously served on the boards of North Queensland Airports, Tainui Auckland Airport Hotel and HMS Host New Zealand.

Business Development Manager
Aaron Stafford

Senior Sales Staff

Farm Sustainability Regional Manager - South Island
Erica Leadley
Erica Leadley

Farm Sustainability Services

Erica lives, breathes and loves everything arable farming. Her passion for the industry and its success, has fostered from growing up in Mid Canterbury on her family’s intense spray irrigated and lamb finishing business. Now living on her partner’s South Canterbury arable property Erica remains very in touch with the pressures of farming businesses.

Driven from a need to understand and report her home farms environmental footprint Erica stepped back from her day to day on farm involvement to upskill in the nutrient management space. This led her to joining the Farm Sustainability team in September 2017. Erica enjoys engaging with farmers, using her practical farm systems knowledge to provide a quality service.

Out of work Erica is never far from a cook book and is planning her next food creation. She loves spending time cooking for and entertaining family and friends. Her love to travel, also ties in quite nicely with her love of food with trips to Italy and Vietnam to gain new skills. Erica will also take up any opportunity she can to be out on the farm, especially doing her part over harvest.

Nutrient Specialist Whangarei
Debbie Johnson
Debbie Johnson

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Reporoa East
Holly Ford
Holly Forde

Nutrient Specialist

Holly Forde is the Nutrient Specialist for Reporoa.

Holly grew up on her family Sheep and Beef farm in Hawkes Bay before studying Communications at AUT, gaining a Diploma in Commercial Broadcasting. 

Prior to taking up her current role with Ballance in December 2017, she was a Technical Sale Representative for Farm Source Reporoa and has also spent four years in the Rural Banking industry.

In Holly’s spare time she enjoys helping her partner with their 50/50 share-milking business, gardening, interior decorating and wakeboarding on the local river. 

She is looking forward to following her passion for agronomy and helping farmers exceed their goals.

Nutrient Specialist Coastal Mid Cntrbry
Josh Heney
Joshua Heney

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Hawkes Bay
Alex Dickson
Alex Dickson

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Southern Sthlnd East
Hamish Harris
Hamish Harris

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist West Otago
Rebekah Buchanan
Rebekah Buchanan

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Central Taranaki
George Redpath
George Redpath

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist North Wairarapa
Brianna Lee-Kelleher
Brianna Lee-Kelleher

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist South Otago
Michael Catherwood

Nutrient Specialist

Key Account NS East Coast
Hannah Best
Hannah Appleton

Key Accounts

Hannah joined Ballance in April 2015 as the Nutrient Specialist for Napier.

Hannah grew up in Nelson on her parents’ tree nursery before moving to Palmerston North to attend Massey University, where she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science with First Class Honours in Pastoral Science.

Upon graduating from University in 2012, she worked for a small fertiliser company based in Hawkes Bay for three years. Hannah was awarded the NZIPIM Emerging Rural Professional of the Year award in 2014, and became a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor in 2016.

Hannah also has a passion for educating young people about the career opportunities in agriculture.

Outside of work, Hannah is a top-level dressage rider and is involved in the Tikokino Young Farmers club.

General Manager Sales
Jason Minkhorst
Jason Minkhorst

Leadership Team

Jason drives our sales strategy and leads a nationwide team of Nutrient Specialists, along with key accounts, customer services, retail merchant relationships, sales capability and the Co-operatives’ science extension team that is focused on knowledge-sharing with farmers. 

 

Jason’s deep knowledge of agri-business and genuine passion for the primary sector is hugely valuable as Ballance focuses on the changing needs of New Zealand farmers and growers – providing tailored nutrients and advisory services, backed by the best science and technology.

 

Jason has extensive commercial experience from more than 15 years in senior executive and governance roles in the dairy sector, including six years leading Fonterra’s rural supplies division, General Manager Commercial in the Supplier and External Relations division and senior strategy positions.  He has an outstanding track record in rural leadership, sales strategy, growing competitive capability and delivering what rural customers want.

Regional Sales Manager South Waikato
Ian Ross
Ian Ross

Senior Sales Staff

Ian Ross joined Ballance in March 2018 bringing with him experience from a number of previously held leadership roles.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Ian completed his secondary schooling in NZ and went on to Massey University where he completed a Bachelor of Agriculture.

Ian’s early career involved agronomy and grain manager roles prior to a period working in rural banking, where he held a number of senior leadership roles. Recently, that change in career direction involved Ian leading sales teams in the corporate segment of primary industry training.

With a focus on the primary sector, Ian has experience across Dairy, Meat, Arable and Finance disciplines. He brings to this role a passion for customer service and the development of people.

Outside work, Ian has a keen interest in salt and freshwater fishing, boating, game bird shooting and golf.

 

Nutrient Specialist Coastal Sth Cntrbry
Nutrient Specialist - Gretchen Bleeker
Gretchen Bleeker

Nutrient Specialist

Gretchen took up the role of Nutrient Specialist Coastal South Canterbury in March 2018.

A South Canterbury local, Gretchen hails from an arable and dairy support farm - which is where her interest in agriculture first took hold. This led her to Lincoln University, where she completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture).

She also has practical experience working on arable, sheep and beef and dairy farms, and she credits this with giving her a broad understanding of how differing farm systems work, and building her knowledge base.

Gretchen enjoys working in the agricultural industry, in particular connecting with farmers to both grow her knowledge and help them overcome any challenges they may be facing.

Outside of work, she still likes getting her hands dirty helping out on the farm, as well as hiking and water sports in summer.

Nutrient Specialist Northern Sthlnd West
Sarah Crosbie
Sarah Crosbie

Nutrient Specialist

Sarah is the Nutrient Specialist for the Northern Southland West Area

Sarah grew on up their family dairy farm in the Catlins, Southland and has always been interested in the agriculture sector.  After completing high school at Southland Girls, she headed to Lincoln University, gaining a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture). As a part of the practical component of her degree she worked on a dairy farm at Fortrose, and a sheep, beef and deer farm in Mossburn.

After finishing her studies, Sarah moved to the Bay of Plenty where she worked on a kiwifruit orchard before starting her career with Ballance Agri-Nutrients as part of the Customer Services Team. Sarah then moved onto our Intern Programme before taking on the role of Nutrient Specialist for the Northern Southland West Area.  

In her spare time Sarah enjoys getting outdoors, playing sport, fishing and catching up with friends.

Regional Distribution Mgr Lower S Island
Key Accounts NS Waikato
Kim Howells
Kim Howells

Key Accounts

Nutrient Specialist Upper Rangitikei
Anna Fenemor
Anna Fenemor

Nutrient Specialist

Anna grew up on a Sheep and Beef farm north-west of Taihape, where her passion for the agricultural industry was first established. In 2017 she completed a Bachelor in Agricultural Science Majoring in Equine. While growing up and during her time university she worked on the family farm, on horse studs and on a dairy farm. This gave her practical insights to a variety of farms.

Post-university Anna worked as a Customer Service Representative for a Farm Supply Store, where she gained experience both in store and out in the field.

Anna joined Ballance in September 2018 as a Nutrient Specialist for the Upper Rangitikei Region.

In her spare time Anna enjoys riding her horse, outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.

Maru Street Hub Manager
Michael Murray

Distribution

Nutrient Specialist Taupo
Hamish Clausen
Hamish Clausen

Nutrient Specialist

Hamish joined Ballance in October 2018 as part of our Sales Intern programme, based in the Western Lower North Island, before taking up the Nutrient Specialist Taupo role in February 2019.

Growing up on a 200 ha intensive sheep, beef finishing and cropping farm west of Feilding fuelled a keen interest in the agricultural sector and being part of the farming community. Wanting to pursue a career in Agriculture, Hamish completed a Bachelor of AgriCommerce at Massey before heading overseas on his OE. His journey took him through Europe, the UK and Canada, and included working on Arable farms in Western Australia and Scotland.

He is an active person with an interest in rugby, motocross, snowboarding, hunting and having a laugh over a beer or two.

Nutrient Specialist Ashburton/Mayfield
Millie How
Millie How

Nutrient Specialist

Millie joined the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Team in September 2018 as part of the Sales Intern programme. As of October 2020, she became the Nutrient Specialist for the Ashburton/Mayfield area.

 

Born and breed in Peel Forest, South Canterbury, Millie spent the majority of her childhood in the rural sector; always keen to lend a hand - tagging fawns, drafting cattle, tailing lambs, and helping with cultivation.

 

After completing high school, Millie followed her passion for the agriculture industry and spent 12 months on a 1.3 million-hectare cattle property in the Northern Territory.  To explore her passion and expand her knowledge in agriculture, it was inevitable that Lincoln University was her next challenge. Having completed a Bachelor of Agriculture,  Millie has the foundations to follow a career path that she is ardent about.

 

During her studies Millie was fortunate to gain experience on a variety of farms - harvests in Western Australia and Victoria, dairy and drystock farming in Canterbury, as well as work on high country sheep and beef properties in Canterbury, Central and North Otago. She enjoyed the variety, exploring the different farming systems and helping the farmer achieve their goals of high productivity. 

 

Outside of work, Millie spends her time with friends and family hunting, horse riding, adventure racing, playing sports and exploring New Zealand’s backyard.

Nutrient Specialist Hauraki/Coromandel
Elizabeth Leonard

Nutrient Specialist

Director
Dacey Balle
Dacey Balle

Board Of Directors

Mr Balle is managing director of Balle Bros Group, a vertically integrated food business supplying retail and foodservice businesses across New Zealand and the world. with farming operations covering 4,000ha across Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Central North Island, Hawkes Bay and Canterbury.

 

A chartered accountant, Mr Balle also manages a 1,000ha dairy operation in North Waikato. His governance experience also includes directorships with Open Country Dairy Limited, Onions New Zealand and Potatoes New Zealand.

 

Chair
Duncan Coull
Duncan Coull

Board of Directors

Duncan Coull farms 240ha of dairy operations in the northern King Country near Otorohanga, as well as dairy grazing operations in Piopio and a 250ha dairy farm in Milton. He has been on the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council for eight years, the last three of those as Chair.

 

Mr Coull is a Global Dairy Ambassador and independent chair of Naki Construction and Westfield Farms. A former finance manager for Rabobank, he is a member of the Otorohanga District Development Board.

 

Regional Sales Manager Northern NI
Sales team - Calvin Ball
Calvin Ball

Senior Sales Staff

Nutrient Specialist Southern Gisborne
Jessie McNeil

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Rangitata River
Nutrient Specialist - Alistair King
Alistair King

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Inland Sth Cntrbry
Nutrient Specialist - Nicole Holliday
Nicole Holliday

Nutrient Specialist

Farm Sustainability Senior Specialist
Carolien Ashborne - Payne
Carolien Ashborne Payne

Farm Sustainability Services

Carolien is a Senior Farm Sustainability Specialist based in the Waikato region.

Starting with Ballance in 2006 she joined us as a Nutrient Specialist, both in the Hauraki Plains/Coromandel/Waihi and more recently was based in Huntly.

Carolien is passionate about the agriculture industry and has been involved in judging the Ballance Farm Environment Awards for 5 years. She provides a wealth of knowledge on whole farm nutrient management - complemented by a Bachelor of Applied Science and is a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor. Carolien can provide tailored advice that promotes sustainable practices on farm while meeting the needs of industry certification, regulatory compliance or application for resource content. 

In her spare time Carolien enjoys spending time with her young family, friends, gardening and in the outdoors

Nutrient Specialist Huntly
Jesse Sabine
Jesse Sabine

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Hawkes Bay
James Logan
James Logan

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Te Awamutu East
Brianna Bonnar
Brianna Bonnar

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Lower Nth Canterbury
Kyle Wills
Kyle Wills

Nutrient Specialist

Horticulture and Arable Specialist Canterbury
Tim Brooker
Tim Brooker

Arable and Horticulture

Nutrient Specialist Northern Sthlnd East
Tim Buckley
Tim Buckley

Nutrient Specialist

Key Accounts NS Central South Island
Kate Eddington
Kate Eddington

Key Accounts

Service Centre Manager Hastings
Daniel Mason

Distribution

Nutrient Specialist Putaruru/Tirau
Dot Rowe

Nutrient Specialist

Horticulture Specialist Pukekohe
Jai Prakash

Arable and Horticulture

Farm Sustainability Services Specialist
Matthew House

Farm Sustainability Services

GM Operations & Supply Chain
Shane Dufaur
Shane Dufaur

Leadership Team

Shane is a champion of health & safety and enabling people to perform at their best. Previously Chief Executive of Dominion Salt since 2012 and Managing Director of FTL, Shane is well-known in industry circles.

 

He has a depth of experience in New Zealand and has also held executive positions for global brands such as Navman, where he was Vice-President, and market-leading engineering services business, Schlumberger Oilfield Services, where he worked across a range of functions and roles in Asia, Australasia, United States and the Middle East over 13 years.

 

Shane holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland and has also completed post-graduate study at the London Business School and the Columbia Business School.

Chief Financial Officer
Matthew Skilton
Matthew Skilton

Leadership Team

Matt has had significant experience in working within large manufacturing and distribution businesses to identify value drivers, lift performance and expand into adjacent growth opportunities.

 

He is a Chartered Accountant and has a BBS (Accounting and Finance) from Massey University as well as post graduate studies in leadership. Matt was previously Group GM of Finance at Fletcher Building for two years and more recently as a Divisional CFO with financial responsibility for a number of key manufacturing or distribution businesses in New Zealand and Australia including PlaceMakers, Fletcher Steel, Mico, Laminex NZ, Iplex NZ, Tradelink and Stramit. He also previously worked at Spark where he held a number of Group Head of Finance roles, including Financial Control, Head of Tax and Treasury Operations.

Nutrient Specialist Far North
Andrew Hull

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Ellesmere/Te Pirita
Lucy Miller

Nutrient Specialist

Lucy Miller is the Nutrient Specialist for the Ellesmere/ Te-Pirita area, joining the Top South Island team in September 2019.

Growing up on a family dairy farm in the Ellesmere area stemmed Lucy’s passion for farming and becoming part of the rural sector. This led her to study at Lincoln University and attain a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture. After completing her degree, Lucy worked for Nutritech International Ltd a leading Animal Nutrition company.

Outside of work Lucy enjoys the outdoors, horse riding, netball/tennis, water sports and spending time with family and friends.

Nutrient Specialist Gore District
Helen van der Linden

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Buller Tasman
Phill Gower

Nutrient Specialist

Phillip - known as Phill - took up the role of Nutrient Specialist Tasman-Buller in October 2019. 

Growing up on a dairy farm in the Waikato, Phill received a good grounding in the farming industry.  After leaving School he spent a few years working overseas in fruit tree nurseries and orchards, as well as spending time on a dairy farm in Israel.

On his return to New Zealand he spent more time farming, before working in transport industry. During this time, he owned a small lifestyle block running sheep and beef cattle and building his knowledge in these areas.

Phill enjoys fishing, playing squash, watching rugby and spending time with his family.

Nutrient Specialist Central Canterbury
Katy Stokes

Nutrient Specialist

Key Accounts NS Taupo/Waikato
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Kevin Stanbra

Key Accounts

Kevin is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for the Central Plateau, stepping in to the role in August 2020.

Born into a family with its roots in farming, it was inevitable that Kevin would work in the agricultural sector. He has held a number of roles from milking assistant and working on dairy farms to rural earthmoving, sales representative for Hynds Pipe Systems and even a period as a Ballance Nutrient Specialist in the Rotorua area.

Kevin then took some time away from Ballance, splitting his time between working as an independent Farm Sustainability Advisor and managing the day-to-day operations of a family-based rural earthmoving contracting business. He returned to the Ballance fold in May 2019 with a secondment in our Key Accounts team and when that finished in early 2020, he moved in to a position with Farm Sustainability Services.

Through all of this, Kevin has developed a deep understanding of both the challenges the farming community faces, and the opportunities to build on what they are already doing. He brings a wealth of experience and a passion for farming and assisting NZ farmers to achieve their goals.

When he is not working, Kevin’s focus is on spending time with his family and friends. He is also a keen mountain biker who loves the local Rotorua trails but also enjoys traveling around the country exploring new places to ride.

Farm Sustainability Services Assistant
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Keegan Hodges

Farm Sustainability Services

Keegan Hodges joined Ballance in June 2019 as a Sustainability Services Specialist Assistant.

During his younger years he spent many hours on his grandfathers farm in Taranaki which sparked an interest in farming. However it wasn’t until his agricultural and geography classes during high school that led a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Environmental management at the University of Otago. During his studies he completed many practical field trips and eventually found a more specialised interest in soils which he hopes to further develop through a Masters degree in the future.

At the end of his third year of university he worked as a research assistant and undertook a week of soil sampling in the Earnscleugh area, just NW of Alexandra. After graduating in 2019, he joined Ballance as a Sustainability Services Specialist Assistant and is now based at Ballances head office in the Mount.

Outside of work, Keegan likes socialising with friends and family, dirt bike riding, and being outside.

Farm Sustainability Services Specialist
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Monique Daulton

Farm Sustainability Services

Monique became a member of the Farm Sustainability Services team in September 2019.

Hailing from a lifestyle block in Gisborne, she attended Massey University where she gained a Bachelor of Environmental Science.

Monique has spent a number of years working within the water quality and quantity management sector, with her previous role being with Environment Canterbury. She was responsible for processing farming and dairy effluent discharge consents, thus guiding farmers through the environmental legislation changes. This contributed to Monique’s passion for helping farmers reduce their environmental footprint, while also assisting the rural community to navigate the constant and at times overwhelming legislation they currently face.

Farm Sustainability Services Specialist
Millie Reed
Millie Reed

Farm Sustainability Services

Millie’s passion for the agricultural industry was stemmed at an early age growing up on a sheep beef and deer farm in North Canterbury. This led her to study at Lincoln University and attain a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture. During this time she grew her knowledge base through practical work on both dairy and sheep and beef farms.

Millie joined the Ballance Farm Sustainability Services team in 2019. She has since become a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor. In an ever changing environment Millie enjoys being able to help farmers to achieve the best possible outcomes for their business. 

Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors, netball/squash, water sports and spending time with family and friends.

Farm Sustainability Services Assistant
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Kate Moorhead

Farm Sustainability Services

Kate joined the Farm Sustainability Services team in June 2019, based in the South Island.

Born and bred in Mid Canterbury on an irrigated mixed sheep and cropping farm, Kate then went on to Lincoln University completing a Bachelor of Commerce & Management. 

Together with her husband and two children, they farm a 650cow dairy farm in an equity partnership near Hinds. This has given her first-hand experience at dealing with environmental compliance as their farming operation falls under a Land Use to Farm consent and are required to make Nitrogen reductions. Kate enjoys being able to help farmers through this space to achieve the best possible outcomes for their business.   

In her spare time, when not helping on the farm Kate enjoys horse riding, squash, water sports and spending time with friends and family. 

Key Accounts Manager South Island
Sales team - Alana Tait
Alana Tait

Senior Sales Staff

Alana joined the Key Accounts team in February 2020, taking on the role of South Island Manager.

 

Hailing from a sheep, beef & deer farm in Central Southland, Alana has a great foundation in the industry. She holds a Tourism degree from the University of Otago and brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her previous roles in the industry – including rural banking, fertiliser sales, rural real estate as well as time spent working for Fonterra.

 

The agriculture industry is where her passion lies, and she enjoys working together with her team to add value to farmers’  businesses.

 

Outside of work, she leads a busy active life with her two young daughters. Her main hobby is horse riding (hunting) and she is involved in some local communities.

Farm Sustainability Services Specialist
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Nicole Lovett

Farm Sustainability Services

Nicole joined the Farm Sustainability Service team in January 2020, working from our Morrinsville Service Centre.

She gained a Bachelor of Science from Massey University in 2017, with a focus on both animal science and biological sciences. Prior to joining Ballance her work has been predominantly in the dairy industry, covering the sustainability, food safety and quality spaces. Nicole also has practical experience in the industry spending her downtime from university on dairy farms and, as a Cambridge local, has spent considerable time on thoroughbred stud farms.

Sustainability is an area of high importance to the future of New Zealand agriculture, and Nicole feels privileged to be able to assist farmers in navigating this complex topic.

General Manager People and Capability
Jackie Rich
Jackie Rich

Leadership Team

Jackie is an internationally experienced human resources professional having lived and worked in Glasgow, London, Paris, Brussels, Tokyo, Auckland and Melbourne. 

 

Originally from Scotland, Jackie has chosen NZ as her home, and is now a proud kiwi becoming a citizen six years ago.

 

Jackie has a strong track record in Australasian centric businesses with Carter Holt Harvey, Frucor, Asahi Beverages and Toll Group, after a successful career in the UK with Sara Lee and Promat International.  

 

Jackie has led teams at both strategic and operational levels, with over 20 years’ experience spanning the full spectrum of HR functions. Her deep knowledge and passion for people and safety is aligned to Ballance and our shareholders core values of working hard for the love our land, our animals and our people.

Nutrient Specialist Lower Rangitikei
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Kyla Elwin

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Western Bay of Plenty
Nutrient Specialist - Willem Engelbrecht
Willem Engelbrecht

Nutrient Specialist

Nutrient Specialist Manawatu/Horowhenua
Nutrient Specialist - Lisa Frew
Lisa Frew

Nutrient Specialist

Farm Sustainability Senior Specialist
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Jeni Wadsworth

Farm Sustainability Services

Jeni became a member of the Farm Sustainability Services team in February 2020, based out of Feilding.

Jeni’s passion for the agriculture industry was sparked at a young age, having been born into a dairy farming family. She has followed this passion over the years into various contract milking and share-milking roles, as well as spending the last 14 years working in rural sector – with 9 of those in the fert industry. As part of these roles she has looked after a local client base and managed a portfolio of large corporate customers along with privately owned commercial enterprises. 

Prior to joining Ballance, Jeni started her own consultancy business which specialises in environmental work along with full farm supervision. She is a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor and has completed many short courses at Massey University to give her a well-rounded understanding of most farm systems.

She enjoys working with farmers, using both her practical experience and agronomic knowledge to help them achieve their production and sustainability goals. Her spare time is spent with family and friends exploring the great outdoors and helping her husband with managing a large dairy farm.

Nutrient Specialist Blenheim/Kaikoura
Nutrient Specialist - Andrew Schmack
Andrew Schmack

Nutrient Specialist

Andrew took on the Nutrient Specialist role for the Blenheim/Kaikoura area in July 2020.

 

He first joined Ballance in January 2020 as part of our Sales Intern programme and was based in the South Waikato - then the South Island called with the opportunity of a role closer to home.

 

Growing up on the family dairy farm based in Mid Canterbury farming was always a passion for Andrew, and it led him to complete a Bachelor of Agriculture at Lincoln University. Whilst attending Lincoln, he worked on a diverse range of farms including deer, cropping, sheep, and beef. After completing his degree, he took the opportunity to explore Europe on his OE before starting his career with Ballance.

 

Andrew is an active person with a keen interest in rugby, cricket, diving, fishing, and having a beer with family and friends.

Nutrient Specialist Central Sthlnd West
Nutrient Specialist - Ben Finn
Ben Finn

Nutrient Specialist

Regional Sales Manager Western LNI
Sales team - Josh Verhoek
Joshua Verhoek

Senior Sales Staff

Nutrient Specialist Western Bay of Plenty
Geoff Barclay
Geoff Barclay

Nutrient Specialist

Geoff Barclay joined Ballance Agri-Nutrients in November 2006 bringing with him a wealth of experience in the wider Agricultural Industry.

With practical work experience across a range of dairy farming systems, Geoff is passionate and enthusiastic in conveying this experience and knowledge to help his clients achieve their farming goals, especially in relation to maximising the potential with their pasture based systems.

Outside of work Geoff enjoys playing squash and tennis along with tackling the great outdoors on his mountain bike.

Chief Digital Officer
David Healy
David Healy

Leadership Team

David has over 20 years’ experience supporting businesses through technology and process management change projects. Leading initiatives for start-ups, public organisations and private companies including Icebreaker and Kathmandu Ltd.  

 

Becoming a member of Ballance’s Lead team was the logical next step in David’s career as the company values align perfectly with his own. David’s engaging leadership style and extensive IT and project management experience will ensure Ballance can navigate future digital innovations and challenges. 

 

Originally from the UK, David re-located to NZ in 2005 becoming a citizen in 2016. He has lived in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and now the lovely Bay of Plenty. 

Nutrient Specialist Northern Hawkes Bay
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Kristy Roa

Nutrient Specialist

Originally from Hamilton city, Kristy had a passion for the outdoors and business so decided to pursue a career in agriculture in 2017. She headed to Gisborne to complete the Waipaoa Cadetship which opened endless opportunities in the Agriculture sector.

 

In 2019 after only 3 months in her first shepherding role, Kristy entered in the Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer of the Year Award and came out victorious. This lead to representing New Zealand in Chile at the 2019 APEC Conference for 10 days, as well as a governance role in the Ahuwhenua Alumni committee.

 

Kristy decided to broaden her horizons and try other roles in the industry by joining the team at Ballance in September 2020. Kristy is excited for the opportunity to share her passion for farming and working with people to achieve their goals, while assisting farmers to find innovative ways to improve farming in New Zealand.

 

Outside of work Kristy enjoys sport, horses, and spending time at the beach.

Merchant Channel Manager
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Kurt McCollum

Senior Sales Staff

Horticulture and Arable Specialist BOP
Samantha Moore
Samantha Moore

Arable and Horticulture

Samantha, known as Sam, joined the Ballance Hort team in October 2020, covering the Bay of Plenty region.

She started her career in banking, working her way up to a senior level. Sam then decided to branch out in a new direction, making the move to work as a Legal Secretary. Following this role, more changes were on the way with her and her family moving to Edgecumbe for a change of lifestyle. Spending time with her in-laws on their kiwifruit orchard has kindled a keen interest in the industry, leading her to look for work in this industry.

Sam is excited to embark on a role where she can utilise her current skills and continue to learn new ones at the same time

Director
Danni Darke
Dani Darke

Board Of Directors

Dani Darke co-owns a 412-hectare sheep and beef farm in the King Country with husband Anthony. Dani is passionate about New Zealand's rural communities and wants to see them thrive into the future. She has strong networks throughout the agriculture industry, and brings expertise from across the sheep and beef supply chain. Dani holds a partnership role with Coach Approach Rural.

 

Dani holds a Bachelor in Agriculture from Massey University and is a former finance manager with ANZ. She has previously specialised in aviation credit with BP, and has been part of the executive leadership team with a meat processing organisation. Dani's governance experience includes Chair of the Mid Northern Beef + Lamb Council, OSPRI Associate Director, and Co-founder and Chair of the Agribusiness Growth Group.

Service Centre Manager Invercargill
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Ricky Saunders

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Waingawa
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Maryann Tapara

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Shannon
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Tony Ginders

Distribution

SC Manager Reporoa
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Francis Kumeroa

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Tirau
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Joseph Troost

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Te Puke
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Johannes van den Berg

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Mount
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Jason Meltzer

Distribution

Hub Supervisor Timaru
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Clinton Boyle

Distribution

Whangarei Hub Manager
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Will Struthers

Distribution

Service Centre Manager Kaikohe & Waipapa
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Budge Owen

Distribution

Service Centre Supervisor Timaru
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Johan Kruger

Distribution