Our People

Ballance has a team of experts covering the entire country

Grant Gillard
Merchant Specialists
Retail Development Rep Upper NI

Grant joined Ballance in 1999 as a Field consultant in Northland, transferring to the NZ-WAI in 2002. As well as his extensive knowledge of the fertiliser industry, Grant has considerable experience in the wider agricultural sector.

Prior to joining Ballance he spent 17 years working with rural farm supply companies such as Dalgety Crown as a horticultural representative, and then in 1986 Wrightson Ltd in Pukekohe. He then went onto managing stores at Maramarua, Papakura and Taumarunui. Together, these roles have allowed Grant to gain a wealth of information about the fertiliser industry and the vital role that rural merchants perform in supporting New Zealand agriculture.

When he is not working Grant enjoys family time with his wife and three teenage children, gardening, fishing and DYI work. Grant also has a strong community involvement and is a volunteer with St John providing support with governance and training.

Russell Stuck
Merchant Specialists
Retail Development Rep Lower SI

Russell joined Ballance in October 2013 to cover the Merchant Relationship role over the Southern South Island. Russell has considerable experience across this geographic area with farming systems, from the soil to finances.

Russell grew up on a farm in Southland and studied at both Lincoln and Massey Universities. He joined Agriculture NZ (for 25 years) as a farm consultant in South Canterbury & Otago, and then as an agricultural trainer, training from a range of new entrants up to farmers completing a Diploma. Russell also ran trainings for merchants completing the Rural Servicing qualification. He then moved to AgITO to cover farm training across South Otago for over 3 years.

Outside of work, Russell lives near Dunedin with his wife and 3 children, loves to get out on his small farm, tinker with vintage cars, and assist with some community work

Matt Ludlam
Merchant Specialists
Retail Development Rep Southern NI

Matt is the Retail Development Representative for the Lower North Island.

After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Agriculture and Agribusiness, Matt joined Westpac New Zealand first on their graduate programme, then as an Agribusiness Manager in Central Taranaki. An opportunity for an OE in the US and Canada followed and upon his return he gained employment with Ballance in December 2014 to reconnect with the agricultural industry. Matt spent 2 years as a Nutrient Specialist before moving to his current role.

Outside of work, Matt is an avid sports fan and snowboarder.

Haidee Ward
Merchant Specialists
Retail Development Rep Northern SI
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