Our People

Ballance has a team of experts covering the entire country

David Peacocke
Board Of Directors

David Peacocke is based in Raglan and has interests in several large farming operations, both in the Waikato and the South Island. His business interests are diverse and encompass the beef, sheep, dairy, forestry, poultry and property sectors.

Mr Peacocke is a director of a number of companies in the rural sector, including Taupiri Holdings and Melrose Limited, and was appointed as chairman of Ballance in 2013.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) from Lincoln College and in 2004 was the Supreme Award winner of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards for the Waikato region.

Albert Brantley
Board Of Directors

Albert Brantley is chief executive of Ōtākaro Limited, the Crown Company with the responsibility for completion of the Crown funded anchor projects for the Christchurch rebuild programme, as well as divesture of the land in the central business district and residential areas the Crown acquired after the 2011 earthquake.

A highly qualified engineer and geologist, he has worked on a number of engineering and commercial projects in the oil and gas, mining and power generation sectors across the globe. He has considerable experience leading operationally complex businesses which require high levels of stakeholder, political, regulatory and environmental management.

Mr Brantley is the former chief executive of Genesis Energy, and has held other similar roles in New Zealand at L&M Mining and OceanaGold. He is the former Executive Managing Director of CMS Power Company, leading a $2.3 billion project to build a 1600MW generation plant with associated desalination facilities in Abu Dhabi.

Mr Brantley holds a Bachelor of Science, is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

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.

John Harvey
Board Of Directors

Mr Harvey is a professional director with a background in accounting and professional services. He has more than 35 years’ professional experience, including 23 years as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he also held a number of leadership and governance roles.

Mr Harvey has extensive experience in financial reporting, governance, information systems and processes, business evaluation, acquisition and merger and takeover reviews. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Canterbury.

A member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, he is currently a director of Stride Property, Investore Property, Heartland Bank, Kathmandu Holdings and Port Otago, and is chairman of New Zealand Opera.

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.

Donna Smit
Board Of Directors

Donna Smit and her husband Corrie operate a family farming business with two dairy farms and a runoff in Whakatane and a further five dairy farms in Oamaru producing 1.4m kgMS.

A Chartered Accountant, Donna had 23 years commercial experience as a company administrator for New Zealand’s largest post-harvest co-operative, EastPack. Her governance experience includes directorship of Primary ITO and Kiwifruit Equities and trustee roles with Dairy Women’s Network, Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre and East Bay Energy Trust.

Donna was a recipient of a National Business Growth Dairy Excellence Award in 2005 and a GS1 International Award for Innovation in 2009. She completed the Fonterra Governance Development programme in 2010.

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.

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.

Gray Baldwin
Board Of Directors

Gray Baldwin farms 900 ha of dairy platform, cropping support and forestry southwest of Putaruru. Milking 1200 cows, Mr Baldwin along with his wife and sharemilkers, was the Supreme Award winner of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards for the Waikato region in 2009.

With a career background in rural banking and fertiliser, Mr Baldwin was employed by Ballance Agri-Nutrients from 2000 to 2007 in various senior management roles.

Mr Baldwin holds a Masters in Agricultural Science (Animal Science), a Diploma in Business Administration (Marketing), and a Certificate in Sustainable Nutrient Management, all from Massey University. His other directorships include Livestock Improvement Corporation and registered charity Trinity Lands.

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