Our People

Ballance has a team of experts covering the entire country

David Scullin
Dave Scullin
Leadership Team
Chief Digital Officer

Dave leads our Information Services team and is at the heart of our goal of creating a digital business – delivering a personalised service for our customers, real-time data to drive decision-making, and more simplified business processes.

Dave was previously CIO at LIC and although he has held a number of senior digital roles in a number of organisations throughout his career, he has worked predominantly in the Ag-sector.  It’s a sector he is very passionate about.

Dave is a firm believer that any sort of digital change or transformation is not about the technology. It’s about enabling business strategy and solving business problems.

Mark Wynne
Mark Wynne
Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer

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.

Sheena Henderson
Sheena Henderson
Leadership Team
GM Customer Experience and Marketing

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.

Edith Sykes
Edith Sykes
Leadership Team
General Manager People and Capability

Edith is passionate about building a high performance and safety-led culture, enhancing employee engagement levels and building leadership capability across the organisation.

Edith has held leadership roles spanning manufacturing, health and financial services industries across a diverse range of global and local organisations including Cadbury/Kraft Foods, Fletcher Forests, and Tower Corp.

Edith holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University.

Jason Minkhorst
Jason Minkhorst
Leadership Team
General Manager Sales

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.

Shane Dufaur
Shane Dufaur
Leadership Team
GM Operations & Supply Chain

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.

Matthew Skilton
Matthew Skilton
Leadership Team
Chief Financial Officer

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.

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