Our People

Wherever you’re farming, our experts have got you covered

0800 222 090

Farm Sustainability Senior Specialist
Hannah Stewart
Hannah Stewart

Farm Sustainability Services

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

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

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

Farm Sustainability Services Senior Specialist
Aaron Pemberton
Aaron Pemberton

Farm Sustainability Services

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

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

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

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

Farm Sustainability Services Specialist
Rebecca Busby

Farm Sustainability Services

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


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


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

 

Farm Sustainability Services Senior Specialist
Kathryn Green

Farm Sustainability Services

Farm Sustainability Senior Specialist
Carolien Ashborne - Payne
Carolien Ashborne Payne

Farm Sustainability Services

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

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

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

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

Farm Sustainability Services Assistant
SealesWinslow team - shadow image
Keegan Hodges

Farm Sustainability Services

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

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

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

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

Farm Sustainability Services Assistant
SealesWinslow team - shadow image
Kate Moorhead

Farm Sustainability Services

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

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

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

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

Farm Sustainability Services Specialist
SealesWinslow team - shadow image
Nicole Lovett

Farm Sustainability Services

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

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

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

Farm Sustainability Services Specialist
Nutrient Specialist - Sophie McLean
Sophie McLean

Farm Sustainability Services

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.

Farm Sustainability Specialist
SealesWinslow team - shadow image
Ryan Hepburn

Farm Sustainability Services

Farm Sustainability Regional Manager - North Island
Angus Dowson

Farm Sustainability Services

Farm Sustainability Senior Specialist
Molly Alton

Farm Sustainability Services