Our People

Ballance has a team of experts covering the entire country

Richard Hopkins
Leadership Team
Acting General Manager Sales

Richard is responsible for the financial affairs of the co-operative and also acts as Director of each of the Group’s subsidiary Boards.

Richard has a broad breadth of experience in finance, working as a Director of Credit Suisse’s Global Energy Group responsible for Eastern Europe and Analyst for HSBC Samuel Montagu, and Director of Corporate Finance, with Westpac.

Richard has a strong interest in science and innovation and is an active angel investor in start-up companies in the Bay of Plenty looking to make the world a better place.

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
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.

John Maxwell
Leadership Team
General Manager Operations

John’s responsibilities cover our two superphosphate manufacturing plants, and our Kapuni ammonia urea plant, and the company’s aerial topdressing company Super Air.

John has worked across the breadth of our operations for thirty years and knows our business like back of his hand.

John holds a Bachelor of Science, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Technology, and has completed various business papers.

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.

Greg Delaney
Leadership Team
General Manager Supply Chain

Greg is responsible for the company's supply chain spanning procurement, distribution, planning, logistics and supply chain development.

Greg’s is passionate about surety of supply for our farmers, ensuring they have the product they need when they need it.

His career has also included experience in the forestry industry and waste management.

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