Wherever you’re farming, our experts have got you covered
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.
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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.
Anthea has been with Ballance since January 2017, initially starting in our Intern programme where she was based in the Lower South Island. From there she gained further experience by covering roles across the country from Southland to Canterbury and the Bay of Plenty, exposing her to a variety of farming systems. She now calls the Wairarapa home, after securing a Nutrient Specialist role there in January 2019.
Originally from Wellington, she worked as a riding instructor while attending university to gain a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Equine). Anthea also spent a summer working on a sheep and beef farm in the Wairarapa, which led to further study. She completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in AgriCommerce to enhance her knowledge of the agriculture sector.
Anthea loves working with farmers and being involved in the future of the agriculture industry and is passionate about assisting farmers to achieve their goals.
In her spare time, Anthea can be found outdoors being active, spending time riding her horses both competitively and for fun and being with her family.
Tracey Thomson is the Nutrient Specialist covering North / Central Taranaki.
She has extensive experience in the ag industry, both with fertiliser and Animal Nutrition before joining Ballance in February 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) and a Bachelor of Arts (History), as well a Certificate in Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management.
Born and bred in Taranaki, Tracey and her family currently call Inglewood home. Along with a passion for soil science, Tracey also enjoys fitness and running having completed numerous half and full marathons.
Mark Ter-Morshuizen joined Ballance in April 2011.
He is passionate about the rural sector and 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 before moving 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, rural banking, and animal feeds.
Passionate about agriculture, Mark enjoys working with the varied farming systems in his region and building relationships with people involved in the industry.
Cambridge based Mark spends his spare time on his lifestyle block. He can also be found fishing and recently has got back into shooting.
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.
Glenn Rowlinson is the Ballance Nutrient Specialist for the Tauranga / 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 running their Beef and dairy grazing farm. Glenn enjoys going water-skiing during the summer months.
Rebecca is the Nutrient Specialist covering Eastern Southland / Balclutha.
Rebecca is a born and bred Southlander. Growing up in town, she now resides in Tokanui with her young family, and helps with a bit of farm work in the weekends.
She studied at Massey University before heading home to have her daughter, continuing her studies, and gaining a Diploma of Science and Technology whilst continuing towards her Bachelors.
Rebecca started her career at the freezing works, initially as a grader before working her way up to being leading hand of the slaughter board. She gained experience working for another fertiliser company before joining a great team at Ballance Agri-Nutrients.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys playing golf and netball, going fishing, hunting, tramping, and can manage the drafting gate.
Stuart Lumley is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for Morrinsville / Matamata
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 a Nutrient Specialist 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.
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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.
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Claire started with Ballance in 2014 in our sales team as an intern in Southland, she has then worked in various capacities; Regional Sales Manager- Eastern, National Farm Sustainability Manager and now returning to Regional Sales Manager-Eastern role. Her passion for developing people has helped shape high performance, and deep connections with local farmers in the Eastern region and industry stakeholders Nationally.
Claire graduated 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. Claire travelled to America through our accelerated talent program in 2018 to complete an Executive program ‘Implementing Strategy for Competitive Advantage’ at The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.
Farm Sustainability is a 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 a Trustee.
When Claire is not working, she enjoys family time with her husband Jared and young daughter Addison.
David Salmon is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for Putaruru/Arapuni.
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 now Ballance over 10 years ago and love helping our farmers increase their profitability and environmental protection.'
In Feburary 2017, David completed the Te Araroa Cycle trail on his mountain bike, Cape Reinga to Bluff (3000km) in 18 days. Since then he has taken up Ultra Marathon running, embarking on a challenge invloving the New Zealand Great Walks, where he aimed to run each of the tracks in a day - completing the last of these runs in late 2021. He likes to run, cycle, swim and kayak and devotes time to his family, and the Shininglights Trust where he is a volunteer for the “Hope Project” initiatives.
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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.
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.
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 Whanganui / Upper Rangitikei area, Amy brings a genuine passion and commitment to the role and loves the local community.
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 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.'
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
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.
Martyn has been working for Ballance in the Te Awamutu area since June 2005, having spent the previous ten years working in the rural banking sector, much of it in the greater Waikato district.
Holidays on his uncle’s Te Puke sheep and kiwifruit farm was enough to convince a young 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 he attempts to stave off the years by staying active with squash, surfing and the garden. The kids have left home but are local and still have shared interests with Mum and Dad.
Manjit Singh is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for the Huntly / 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 originally joined the Ballance team in February 2009 and has really enjoyed getting to meet so many farmers and doing the best we can for them.
Outside of work, he enjoys reading, realxing abd keeping fit with aerobics and light weight exercises.
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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.
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.
Kristin joined Ballance in January 2016 after completing a B.Com.Ag at Lincoln University. Starting as a Cadet in Otago, she moved to the King Country in August the same year.
She was raised on a dairy farm in Southland, but sheep and beef farming is where her passion lies. Living on a sheep and beef farm in the King Country, most spare time is spent on the farm.
Kristin loves that she can be a part of her farmers “team”. “I enjoy seeing the link between farm systems, nutrients and farm outputs”.
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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.
Charlotte has been with Ballance since January 2017, starting off as a nutrient specialist in the Methven/Rakaia region for 4 years before moving south to be the Nutrient specialist in Central and East Otago.
Charlotte has a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) Degree from Lincoln University and is also a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor and Certified Green House Gas Advisor.
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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.
When he's not working, David enjoys a range of water sports, especially boating, fishing and skiing.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
Shaun joined Ballance in 2012.
With a Bachelor of Education, Shaun began working life as a teacher before deciding 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 Shaun enjoys fishing, golf, family time and visiting new places
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.
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.
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.
Robert Cargill (also known as Blue) started in August 2017, and is the Nutrient Specialist for Whakatane/Galatea based out of Edgecumbe.
He has spent most of his life in the rural sector, with 14 years experience working as a Technical Sales Rep with two of the country’s largest Rural Merchant companies prior to joining Ballance.
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.
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.
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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, Independent Chair of FarmRight Ltd and a Director of the LGNZ Independent Assessment Board
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Holly Forde is the Nutrient Specialist for Taupo / 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 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.
Rebekah has been the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for Gore/Roxburgh since Oct 2018, originally joining the Ballance team earlier that year as a Sales Intern.
She completed a Bachelor of AgriScience at Massey University and had previously worked on a wide range of farms around the Waikato, including dairy, sheep, and beef. Rebekah has a strong interest in cropping after growing up and helping her father on their maize farm and spent two summers working for an agricultural contracting company so is well immersed in the agricultural sector.
Rebekah has a strong passion for the industry and is very eager to learn new things.
Brianna Lee-Kelleher is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist Wairarapa.
Growing up on a Sheep and Beef Station on the Napier Taihape Rd, Brianna developed a passion for the rural sector. She decided to combine this with Science and headed to Massey University to complete a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.
During her studies, she realised a keen interest in Soil Science and understanding different farming systems. She has worked on a range of dairy and Sheep and beef farms and enjoys finding out how and why farmers do what they do and what works for them.
After obtaining her degree, she commenced a role in the Sales Intern programme, starting in early 2018. In August that same year she was successful in gaining a Nutrient Specialist role so made the move to the Wairarapa.
In her own time, she enjoys skiing, tramping and anything that gets her outdoors.
Michael Catherwood is the Nutrient Specialist for Gore/Roxburgh, joining Ballance in January 2018.
Michael has lived and worked in South Otago for over 30 years, and through his varied experiences brings extensive knowledge to the team.
Hailing from the family sheep and cropping farm, he has also been a sharemilker at Stirling. In addition to this, he has also held Technical Sales roles with several leading rural service organisations in the Gore region.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Outside work, Ian has a keen interest in salt and freshwater fishing, boating, game bird shooting and golf.
Gretchen took up the role of Core Nutrient Specialist role in Coastal South Canterbury in March 2018, and has since taken up the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist South Ashburton in January 2022.
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 on the farm, as well as hiking and water sports in summer.
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.
Hamish is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for Taupo / Reporoa.
He originally joined Ballance in October 2018 as part of our Sales Intern programme based in the Western Lower North Island, before moving north to Taupo in February 2019. Through his career at Ballance Hamish has prided himself on his community involvement, challenging the status quo to support our environmental opportunities and trial work around the Central Plateau.
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 a social and active person with an interest in rugby, motocross, snowboarding and hunting.
Elizabeth is the Nutrient Specialist for Hauraki / Coromandel and brings with her a wealth of experience in the agricultural sector.
She has lived in the Hauraki Plains for most of her life, joining Ballance in October 2018.
Her career in the ag sector started with dairy farming, achieving farm ownership followed by specialising in animal reproduction and soil health. This all-round experience adds to the passion she has to support growth within the industry.
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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.
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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.
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Agriculture has always been a part of Calvin’s life, having grown up on a dairy farm in Ruawai, Northland. Keen to make a career in the industry, he gained a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (First Class Honours) from Massey University to support his practical knowledge.
He joined Ballance in 2013 as a Nutrient Specialist for Wairarapa, before being promoted to our Key Accounts team in 2014, looking after customers in the Waikato. From there he was invited to join the strategy team in 2015 until embarking on his OE the following year. He spent three years working in London and then returned to New Zealand in 2019, basing himself in Whangarei where he commenced his role of Regional Sales Manager Northern North Island.
Outside of work, Calvin enjoys all things outdoors - being a keen spearfisherman, hunter, and runner.
Jessie McNeil joined the East Coast team in November 2018 as the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for Gisborne.
Hailing from a sheep and beef farm in the hills of Tolaga Bay, she was introduced to the world of agriculture at an early age. Her passion for farming and being outdoors was further bolstered during time spent as a shepherd with a team of dogs and horses, before heading to Lincoln University to complete a Bachelor of Agriculture.
When not working, she's often on the polo field or helping out on the farm.
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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
Hailing from Hutt Valley, Wellington, James spent many weekends on the rugged Wairarapa Coast at a family bach. It was during his time spent there helping a neighbouring farmer that his interest in agriculture was sparked. This led him to Lincoln University where he gained a Bachelor of Agriculture Science. While studying he spent the summer months working on farms, including a large sheep and beef property near Dannevirke.
After graduating with his degree, James obtained a spot in our 2019 Sales Intern programme starting in February of that year. He then quickly progressed to a Nutrient Specialist role, heading to the East Coast in July 2019 where he is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist Hawkes Bay.
Outside of work I enjoy socialising with friends, catching up with family, sports and getting into the outdoors hunting, diving, and fishing
Dot joined Ballance in July 2019 as Nutrient Specialist Putaruru / Tokoroa.
She brings extensive experience to the role, having been dairy farming for over 10 years and also holds a Certificate in Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management from Massey University.
Dot is passionate about the agriculture industry and enjoys helping clients to improve their productivity and reach their business goals.
A mum to two boys, she spends her time outside of work with family, and helping friends on their farms.
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Having grown up in rural New Zealand, Matt spent much of his childhood and teenage years helping his parents on and around farms, enjoying the many unique opportunities offered in this situation.
These experiences encouraged and nourished Matt’s passion for all aspects of science, inspiring him to pursue study at a tertiary level. Having completed post-graduate study in Environmental Science and Earth Sciences, Matt brings a strong background in all aspects of natural sciences, with a specialisation in soil science.
Matt enjoys a challenge both in and out of the office, and is excited to be a part of a team that works with farmers to achieve outcomes which benefit the future of the agriculture industry, the environment and New Zealand’s rural community.
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.
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.
Of Te Ātiawa decent, Matt also volunteers his time as an advisor into the Te Ātiawa o te Waka-a-Māui Trust Board.
Andrew started his farming career working on a sheep and beef farm in Southern Hawkes Bay, followed by several years on dairy farms in the lower North Island. He has spent time in England working on three farms making silage.
He obtained a Horticulture Science degree from Lincoln University, and pursued a career in Viticulture working in Waipara, Hawke's Bay and Northland before joining Ballance in 2019.
Lucy Miller is the Nutrient Specialist for Canterbury Central, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Willem Engelbrecht is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for Tauranga / Rotorua, joining the team in January 2020.
Originally from South Africa, Willem grew up on a wheat, sheep, and beef cattle farm in the Western Cape region of South Africa. After he finished his school education at Boland Agricultural High School, he completed a Bachelor in Agricultural Science at Stellenbosch University with majors in Agronomy, Animal Production and Agricultural Economy.
He started working on the family farms in 1997 and also completed his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2004. For the last 22 years he has gained valuable experience in sustainable farming practices in crop production. Willem also has a passion for beef and sheep breeding and has founded a SA Mutton Merino and a Simbra Cattle stud.
In his spare time, Willem and his family enjoy the beach, mountain biking and socialising with friends. He is also a keen rugby and cricket fan.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Chelsea has been with Ballance since November 2013, starting initially in our cadet programme.
Prior to Ballance, she attended Massey University, obtaining a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.
Mike started with Ballance in January 2020 as part of our Intern programme, progressing to Nutrient Specialist Huntly later that same year.
Originally from Gisborne, he headed to Massey University to gain a Bachelor of Agri Commerce.
In his spare time Mike enjoys being invovled in sports and fitness related activities with friends to stay fit and meet new people.
Maree has been the Nutrient Specialist for Manawatu / Lower Rangitikei since January 2021.
Maree grew up in Wellington and moved to the Manawatu to gain a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Massey University. Since then, she has held various technical and R&D roles in the agricultural industry, including for AgResearch, Fonterra and ARL, giving her insight into a wide range of farming practises.
Maree and her husband have been in the dairy industry for over 12 years. In 2018 they sold their herd and now are in an equity partnership on a 550-cow dairy farm in Opiki, right in the middle of her area.
Maree is passionate about her community and enjoys being involved in local activities. Outside of work her two girls keep her busy and she likes to read and fish.
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Sophie McLean joined the Farm Sustainability Services Team in November 2020. Hailing from Southland, Sophie has always had a passion for agriculture and attended Lincoln University to complete a Bachelor of Environmental Management.
After university Sophie worked as a compliance officer for the Southland Regional Council, a role which gave her insight into the pressure the councils have on them with the increasing amounts of environmental legislation. She believes in working alongside our farmers to overcome these challenges and contribute towards positive, sustainable change for the future of farming.
Oliver is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist Ngatea / Matamata, joining the Eastern team in March 2021.
Originally joining Ballance in January 2020 as part of our Sales Intern programme, Oliver was based in Invercargill supporting our Lower South Island sales team. Through this programme Oliver enhanced his existing skills and knowledge, while displaying his passion for the industry and enthusiasm for helping add value to farmers businesses.
Oliver hails from a family dairy farm near Waitomo in the North King Country. Growing up, he was heavily involved in helping on the farm, so it was a natural step to head to Massey University where he obtained a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. During the university holidays Oliver also furthered his practical knowledge by working on several dairy and drystock farms.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports and exploring the great outdoors while also making memories with friends and family.
Libby Wood joined Ballance in October 2020 as the Nutrient Specialist for King Country South.
Originally from the UK, Libby moved to NZ in 2008 and went on to attend Massey University where she gained a Bachelor of AgriScience and a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology.
She has worked on dairy, dry stock and horticulture farms, and as a Rural Professional in a variety of rural industries including animal health, farm management software and environmental. Libby is passionate about farming and loves talking farm systems, she enjoys getting to know her clients and having the opportunity to add value and provide science based advice.
Outside of Ballance she farms a 600ha sheep and beef property with her partner, and enjoys spending time with her horses or in the garden.
Madeleine Horne is the Nutrient Specialist for Methven/ Rakaia region, joining the Central South Island team in April 2021. Her passion for the rural sector stems from a background in beef cattle, being raised on a Murray Grey stud in Tapawera, Northwest of Nelson. Madeleine made the move to Canterbury to study a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science at Lincoln University, completing honours in soil science. After graduating, Madeleine worked as a Soil Fertility Analyst for a nutrient supply company which has provided her with valuable experience in various agricultural systems.
Outside of work, Madeleine enjoys staying active with a keen interest in training and competing sport horses.
Michael is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist covering Central / South Taranaki, joining the team in June 2021.
He grew up on and still maintains family ownership of an 800-acre sheep and beef farm in Piopio, equipping him with extensive practical experience to bring to the role. He also holds a Bachelor of Agri Commerce, with a major in International Agribusiness.
Michael has spent time in varied roles within the industry, including a livestock representative and a Grain Merchant looking after both international and domestic procurement.
His passion for the agricultural sector has been a driving force in helping him understand farmers needs and enjoys helping them achieve the best possible performance from their business.
Nigel joined the Northern North Island Sales team in June 2021, returning for a second stint with the company.
He hails from a small farm in Poroti, just west of Whangarei. Growing up surrounded by dairy farms sparked his interest in the agriculture sector, leading him to attain a Diploma in Agriculture.
After gaining his qualification, overseas travel beckoned Nigel, and he spent 6 years working on cropping and dairy farms in both England and the USA before returning home. Since his return to New Zealand, Nigel has been immersed in different roles in the agriculture industry for over 20 years.
When not working Nigel enjoys time with his family on their lifestyle block in Glenbervie where they run a few beef animals, as well as fishing, mountain biking and trail riding.
Tomiko Joined Ballance in November of 2020 and soon after transitioned into her current role within the Taranaki team, based in Hawera. Tomiko has gained a Bachelor of Agriculture Science majoring in Agriculture, and has also completed Sustainaable Nutrient Managment courses through Massey University.
Although having grown up in the city, Tomiko has plunged herself into every opportunity to gain experience on farm. She has spent time on drystock farms in the Coromandel, time in the dairy shed and extensive calf rearing throughout her university years.
In her spare time, she enjoys heading out on the water fishing, camping and spending time with her friends
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.
Kyla joined the team as the Nutrient Specialist for Upper Rangitikei in August 2021, having previously worked with the company in 2020.
She grew up around sheep and beef farming and this fuelled her interest in a career in the agriculture industry. Prior to joining Ballance, Kyla gained experience through roles with two rural merchant companies giving her a well-rounded knowledge of the industry. She has continued to grow her knowledge through Sustainable Nutrient Management courses at Massey University.
Kyla is driven to help farmers achieve the best results they can on farm.
Thomas joined Ballance in August 2021 as the Nutrient Specialist covering Morrinsville / Matamata.
His love for the land and animals started young, and Thomas indulged this through working on several farms around the Waikato. He has also spent several years working in agricultural retail which has enhanced his knowledge of the industry.
Passionate about Kiwi agriculture, Thomas enjoys assisting farmers to see their businesses and the sector in general thrive.
In his free time, Thomas can be found in nature – whether it be walking with his dogs or looking after his other animals, he’s happiest outside.
Katie started working for Ballance Agri-Nutrients in October 2021, covering the Te Aroha / Matamata area.
She grew up on and around dairy farms and lifestyle blocks, igniting her passion for the industry and leading her to tertiary study. After completing a Bachelor of Management studies (AgriBusiness) at the University of Waikato, she embarked on a role with PGG Wrightson Fruitfed Supplies. She credits this role with growing her knowledge in both the Horticulture and Agriculture sectors.
She thrives on building relationships with customers, while striving to continue learning and embracing any challenges that come her way.
Hailing from a sheep and beef farm in Manawatu, agriculture has always been in Courtney’s blood.
Knowing she wanted to work in the industry she loved, she completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) at Lincoln University. Courtney put her university holidays to good use – furthering her practical knowledge of farm systems by working on various drystock and dairy farms.
After graduating she gained a place in the Ballance Intern Programme, joining us in January 2021 initially supporting our Northern North Island team from her base in Whangarei.
In June 2021 she moved south and took up the position of Nutrient Specialist Otorohanga / Te Awamutu East
Greer Williams is the Nutrient Specialist for Pahiatua / Dannevirke, taking on the role in September 2021.
Her passion for the agriculture industry started at a young age having grown up on a small sheep and beef family farm in Omihi, North Canterbury. While completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) at Lincoln University, Greer gained a range of practical experiences during the summer breaks and upon graduating with her degree, Greer took on a shepherding role in North Otago. This role gave Greer the insight to farming full time allowing personal and physical growth which she implements in her job today.
JulieBeth (JB) Mikkelsen is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for Cambridge/Te Awamutu East.
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, JB left Ballance in August 2015 to help on her parents beef farm. She also spent some time travelling, taking two trips overseas exploring South East Asia, the UK and Europe before returning to work for Ballance based in the Waikato.
JB 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, JB enjoys travelling, playing social netball, and spending time with friends and family.
Born and bred in Tauranga, Georgia’s interest in Agriculture was sparked through her competitive equestrian sports.
She attained a Bachelor of Agriculture Science at Massey University, during which she was fortunate to participate in a student exchange to Wageningen University in the Netherlands. During the 8-month exchange she completed an OE throughout Europe, returning just before the borders shut in February 2020. Studying at the top agricultural university in the world was an amazing opportunity, enabling her to study a few broader subjects within Agriculture and embrace different cultures.
Georgia joined the Ballance sales team in February 2021 as our Lower South Island Sales Intern. She then made the move north to take on the Nutrient Specialist Hawkes Bay role in August 2021.
Cody hails from an extensive Merino property in Omarama, North Otago. Rural activities were a big part of Cody’s upbringing, including exposure to agribusiness subjects towards the end of high school. This motivated him to attend Lincoln University, undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture). In the university holidays he worked on a few Sheep and Beef stations in Otago and Southland. These varied from extensive to highly intensive units, including differing systems which operated with Sheep, Deer and Cattle.
Cody joined the Ballance sales team in February 2021 as part of our Sales Intern programme, initially based in the South Waikato region. Through the Intern programme Cody enhanced his existing skills and knowledge, while displaying his passion for the industry which saw him move into the Nutrient Specialist Gisborne role in August 2021.
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Cameron Henderson runs a 400 hectare dairy, dairy support and arable farming business near Oxford, North Canterbury, with wife Sarah. Cameron holds degrees in both Engineering and Finance from Auckland University as well as a certificate in Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management from Massey University.
Cameron has built up considerable knowledge of the dairy industry through working in various roles, including time with DairyNZ and Fonterra, in addition to building his family farming business over the last 12 years.
Currently an Associate Director at DairyNZ, Cameron brings to the Ballance board expertise in governance, business management and global supply chains, together with extensive knowledge of environmental policy. He is a previous President of North Canterbury Federated Farmers and is also currently a Steering Group Member for He Waka Eke Noa and a Trustee of North Canterbury Farmers Charitable Trust.
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,and worked towards becoming a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor. She made the switch to Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist in June 2021.
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.
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Ben is the Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for Central Canterbury, joining Ballance in January 2020
Raised on a lifestyle block on the outskirts of Tauranga, Ben discovered a passion for the industry through agriculture classes at St Pauls Collegiate in Hamilton. This led to him further developing his knowledge with a Bachelor of Agri-Commerce degree from Massey University. During his studies, he gained practical experience through working on several farms including dairy, sheep & beef, and an orchard.
He then gained a spot in our Sales Intern programme, before progressing to a Nutrient Specialist role based in Dannevirke. When the opportunity to work in Canterbury arose he jumped at it, moving South in July 2021.
Caitlin started with Ballance in November 2021 as the Nutrient Specialist for the Ashburton area.
Caitlin grew up in Ashburton, attending school before shifting to Japan to complete her final school year. Upon returning to New Zealand Caitlin made Christchurch her home, completing a Bachelor of Science and Diploma in Japanese Language at the University of Canterbury.
Her passion for the agriculture sector started from a young age with her father being a horse trainer and being involved in an arable farm. Caitlin then worked at Dairy Business Centre in Ashburton for three years where she gained valuable knowledge on New Zealand Dairying.
Outside of work Caitlin enjoys playing sports such as netball and basketball. She also enjoys running, biking, hiking and loves helping out with training horses.
Arable and Horticulture
Charlie joined Ballance in September 2021 as the Key Accounts Specialist for South Canterbury.
He’s a South Canterbury Local, hailing from a sheep & beef and cropping upbringing. This sparked his passion for soils, plant, and animal nutrition leading to a career in the Ag sector. He has also spent time with AsureQuality focused on Seed and Plant Health.
Charlie enjoys engaging directly with farmers to help them achieve their goals.
Farm Sustainability Services
Abby started with Ballance in December 2021 as the Nutrient Specialist for Timaru/Oamaru.
She grew up in Timaru and then went on to study at Lincoln, completing a Bachelor of Land and Property Management with Rural Valuation Major and Primary Production Specialisation, graduating in 2021. During her studies she worked on a variety of farms during holiday time - dairying in both North Otago and Mid Canterbury and a sheep and beef station in the Manawatu. Abby also did a summer at Asure Quality as a Senior Crop Inspector.
After concluding her studies, she gained employment back at Lincoln University, working in the Customer Engagement team as a Student Liaison Officer. Abby's main role was to help students plan their Lincoln journey and advise students on all aspects of study and life at Lincoln.
Abby enjoys enhancing her knowledge through connecting with farmers and helping them get the best out of their property
In her spare time, she enjoys playing sport - mostly netball and touch - as well as getting out and about exploring NZ with friends and family.
Jon started working for Ballance in lower Northland in August 2020, returning for a second stint with the company having previously been in the Bay of Plenty.
Born in the UK in the East Riding of Yorkshire county, Jon spent his early working career on a dairy farm before gaining a National Diploma in Agriculture at Bishop Burton College of Agriculture. After leaving college Jon entered the agrochemical industry working for an international manufacturer. He later took a position working as an agronomist for a large privately owned farming company, farming 11,000 acres of arable land in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Eastern Scotland. During this time he gained the BASIS and FACTS qualifications from Harper Adams.
Jon immigrated to New Zealand in late 1999 where he continued working in the agrochemical industry before joining Ballance in 2011.
When not at work, Jon enjoys fishing, shooting and his other passion is football, in particular supporting Liverpool Football Club.
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.
Angus started his career with Ballance in November 2021, taking on the role of Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist Pahiatua / Dannevirke.
Hailing from a sheep and beef property in Kohunui, Pahiatua, agriculture has always been in Angus's blood. He gained a Diploma of Rural Business from Telford Rural Polytech, and then decided the wide world was calling - heading off on a working OE that took him to Alberta in Canada and West Yorkshire in the UK.
Upon his return to NZ, he and his twin brother embarked on leasing a family dairy, sheep, and beef farm, and also spent 5 years managing a farm in Tararua. He found like-minded souls through NZ Young Farmers and in 2010 was the East Coast Grand Finalist for the Young Farmer of the Year competition.
Angus's spare time is spent with his wife and 5 children - being involved in several community organisations and following the children with their many sporting activities.
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
Martin Burrows joined Ballance in December 2021 as the Nutrient Specialist covering Blenheim / Kaikoura
A Blenheim local, he brings a wealth of knoweldge to the role with over 20 years experience in the fertiliser industry and is also a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor.
Martin enjoys making connections and building relationships with his customers.
Senior Sales Staff
Josh is the Regional Sales Manager for the Western Lower North Island region.
Josh joined Ballance in January 2010 as a Nutrient Specialist in the North Waikato. He then spent two years dairy farming managing 400 cows in the South Waikato, before returning to Ballance to join the Science Extension team where he has spent the last 7.5 years in a technical support role to the business.
Josh is born and bred in Whanganui on a sheep and beef property and attended Lincoln University to complete a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.
Farm Sustainability Services
Farm Sustainability Services
Board Of Directors
Michele Kernahan has considerable experience in leading large manufacturing and infrastructure businesses. Her supply chain knowledge and commercial acumen will help to improve Ballance’s performance and shareholder returns.
Michelle was recently Chief Executive of transport Group, Hall’s and previously spent 21 years with Fletcher Building. She was Chief Executive of the Building Products division, Chief Executive of Fletcher Construction, General Manager Laminex Australia, Earthquake Recovery and Golden Bay Cement. Michele is proud to be part of a team that is leading environmentally sustainable nutrient management, which is so important for New Zealand consumers and for farmers and growers to be able to thrive. Michele is also currently on the Board of NZX listed New Zealand Automotive Investments Limited.