Our People

Ballance has a team of experts covering the entire country

Jonathan Ritchie
Arable and Horticulture
Horticulture Specialist Hawkes Bay

Jonathan is the Nutrient Specialist for Waipukurau, 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.

Scott Beckett
Arable and Horticulture
Horticulture Business Manager

Scott Beckett joined Ballance in October 2012 in the role of Horticulture Specialist for the Pukekohe region.

Scott’s passion for horticulture and his desire to learn has lead him to travel and experience horticulture related work in different parts of the world. He commenced his work experience in his homeland of Zimbabwe before moving to the United States where he gained experience in several horticulture businesses where he had management responsibilities.

He moved to New Zealand and gained more experience in yet another horticulture related business. Now Scott feels it is time to settle down and relishes the opportunity to work in the vegetable growing district of Pukekohe.

Scott has a Bachelor of Crop and Soil Science from Oregon State University.

When he is not at work Scott enjoys time with family, fishing, photography and travel. And growing vegetables at home.

Hamish Cheetham
Arable and Horticulture
Horticulture and Arable Specialist Gisborne

Hamish joined Ballance in July 2017 as the Horticulture & Arable Specialist for Gisborne.

Growing up and working on a Manawatu sheep, bull beef and mixed cropping property with a hydroponic tomato glasshouse encouraged Hamish’s enthusiasm for agriculture and horticulture. After earning an Honours degree in Agricultural Science from Massey, and further study in seed and food technology, he has gained 20 years’ experience in the grain and seed industry.

Working alongside a diverse range of people - both in New Zealand and abroad - from growers and researchers, to material suppliers, merchants, and ultimately processors and food manufacturers is a part of the role that Hamish finds fantastically rewarding.

Amongst many other interests, Hamish enjoys time with family and friends, music in the man cave, gamebird hunting and a spot of gardening.

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