Our People

Ballance has a team of experts covering the entire country

Jamie Chapman
Jamie Chapman
Senior Sales Staff
Regional Sales Manager Eastern
Claire Bekhuis
Claire Bekhuis
Senior Sales Staff
Farm Sustainability Services Manager

Claire has always had an eye on sustainability, graduating from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Geography and Environmental Studies, she then went on to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Commerce Majoring in Public Policy with a special interest in Environmental Policies.  Last year Claire travelled to America to complete an Executive program ‘Implementing Strategy for Competitive Advantage’ at The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

Claire started with Ballance in 2014 in our sales team where she worked in various capacities, previously the Regional Sales Manager for the Eastern Region, where her passion for developing people and developing the region has helped shape high performance, and deep connections with local farmers in the region.  Recognised as a leader in the industry in 2015, when she was nominated for Farmax Emerging Rural Professional of the Year.
 
Farm Sustainability is a real passion of Claire’s, whether coaching nutrient specialists to support farmers make smarter decisions through their fertiliser programmes or her involvement in the local BOP Ballance Farm Environment Awards as a finalist Judge and as part of the committee. Claire is looking forward to engaging in her new capacity with a wide range of Government Bodies, Regional Councils and Industry Stakeholders. 

When Claire is not working, she enjoys walking her two German Short Haired Pointers Bain and Mikka as well as playing social sports Netball and Volleyball. 

Andrew Sanders
Andrew Sanders
Senior Sales Staff
National Sales Manager

Andrew Sanders joined Ballance as a Nutrient Specialist in the Rotorua district in May 2004, and was promoted to the position of Area Sales Manager in April 2008. After another promotion Andrew became the North Island Regional Sales Manager, and is now the National Sales Manager.

Prior to joining Ballance, Andrew ran an agricultural contracting business in the central North Island. A native of Yorkshire, England, Andrew grew up in a small farming village and says his choice of career was influenced by his grandparents, who had an arable farm nearby.

After graduating with a Diploma in Agriculture, Andrew specialised in pigs and cereals, progressing through the ranks to Assistant Manager of a 550-sow breeding unit and 500-hectare arable farm.

 

Terry Harding
Terry Harding
Senior Sales Staff
Retail Development Manager
Grahame Fitzgerald
Grahame Fitzgerald
Senior Sales Staff
Key Accounts Manager North Island

After graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, majoring in farm management and valuation, Grahame joined the Rural Bank in Taranaki. In a varied career, Grahame has held a number of roles with different organisations across the North Island including: client relationship management, farm consultancy and leadership of teams.

Grahame has a passion for coaching others to be effective and achieving their goals and brings a wealth of coaching and commercial acumen to the sales team.

Grahame also holds a Post graduate Diploma in Business and Administration endorsed in Human Resource Management and a Diploma in Business in Property Management.

When not working Grahame enjoys a range of activities including endurance events, coaching children’s football and following a range of sports.

Hadyn Eade
Hadyn Eade
Senior Sales Staff
Regional Sales Manager East Coast
David Perry
David Perry
Senior Sales Staff
Regional Sales Manager Top South Island

David Perry joined Ballance in July 2011, bringing with him considerable experience of the wider rural sector.

Born and raised in Nelson, after he finished secondary school David headed south to Lincoln University, where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree, with a strong focus on soils and nutrients.

He then spent time working for rural merchants PGG Wrightson and for Elders Rural Holdings. His move to Ballance resulted from the desire to build on his knowledge and become more of a specialist.

When he's not working, David enjoys a range of water sports, especially boating, fishing and skiing. 

Courtney Nimmo
Courtney Nimmo
Senior Sales Staff
Regional Sales Manager Lower Sth Island

Courtney completed her B Com in Agriculture via correspondence whilst holding down a full time job working for Farmlands - this meant the need to be very time focused and planned. A year after completing her B Com Courtney joined Ballance in 2013, progressing through to Key Accounts starting in December 2016.

Both the Intermediate and Advanced Sustainable Nutrient management courses have been completed allowing the submission of papers to obtain accreditation as a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor. Courtney has also sat the Women in Leadership course run by Agri Womens Development Trust.

Courtney is also a part of the Sheep and Beef strategy team that was set up in 2016 at Ballance. This team play an important role in helping Ballance understand how we help our customers meet future needs and ensure our sales team receive the right training.

Scott Beckett
Scott Beckett
Senior Sales Staff
Horticulture Business Manager

Scott Beckett is the National Horticulture and Arable Business Manager.

Scott joined Ballance in 2012 as the Horticulture Specialist for the Pukekohe region where he quickly gained valuable insights into the unique complexity of the region.  Scott’s passion for Horticulture stemmed long before joining Balance Agri-nutrients.  He commenced his work experience in his homeland of Zimbabwe before moving to the United States to further his education.  Scott has a Bachelor of Crop Science and a Bachelor of Soil Science from Oregon State University.
Whilst studying in the states,  Scott was managing businesses in both Horticulture and Floriculture – and even became fluent in Spanish!

Scott made the decision to follow in the footsteps of some of his family that were already calling NZ home and moved over here and continued his horticultural career. 

Garth Hannaford
Garth Hannaford
Senior Sales Staff
Regional Sales Manager Otago

With a background in banking and some 15 plus years in the agricultural and horticultural sectors both here and in South Africa, Garth is here to help with advice about nutrient management. He has gained experience both practically and in the classroom, and has a passion for helping others and loves to see farmers succeed.

Garth joined Ballance in August 2015, initially based in the Morrinsville North area. He moved a bit further south in March 2016 to take over the Te Awamutu East territory, before changing islands entirely in November 2016 to take up his current role as Regional Sales Manager Otago.

Having lived here since 2008 and an avid rugby fan (yes he supports the right team) he and his family have found it very easy to settle in to the New Zealand way of life. When not throwing a line into water, you can find him on the road hauling himself over the hills on his bicycle.

Louise Aubrey
Senior Sales Staff
Regional Sales Manager Cntrl Sth Island

Louise has always had an affinity with New Zealand’s agricultural sector after growing up on a Sheep and Beef farm in Central Otago’s Maniototo.

After completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Otago Louise was enticed to the warmer climate of Australia where she worked for 8 years as a Project Environmental Manager in Mining and Construction.

Thankfully she met a good kiwi bloke who brought her back to New Zealand and the agricultural sector, Louise and husband Gerald are based on a High Country property in remote South Canterbury.

Louise joined Ballance in 2016 and has loved every minute of helping farmers understand their environmental footprint and making sense of complex regulations as a Farm Sustainability Specialist and more recently as the South Island Team Leader.

When she’s not at work or busy on the farm you can usually find Louise on a high octane adventure co-piloting a plane or jet boat into the back blocks.

Aaron Stafford
Senior Sales Staff
Business Development Manager
Ian Ross
Ian Ross
Senior Sales Staff
Regional Sales Manager South Waikato

Ian Ross joined Ballance in March 2018 bringing with him experience from a number of previously held leadership roles.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Ian completed his secondary schooling in NZ and went on to Massey University where he completed a Bachelor of Agriculture.

Ian’s early career involved agronomy and grain manager roles prior to a period working in rural banking, where he held a number of senior leadership roles. Recently, that change in career direction involved Ian leading sales teams in the corporate segment of primary industry training.

With a focus on the primary sector, Ian has experience across Dairy, Meat, Arable and Finance disciplines. He brings to this role a passion for customer service and the development of people.

Outside work, Ian has a keen interest in salt and freshwater fishing, boating, game bird shooting and golf.

 

Sales team - Calvin Ball
Calvin Ball
Senior Sales Staff
Regional Sales Manager Northern NI
Sales team - Alana Tait
Alana Tait
Senior Sales Staff
Key Accounts Manager South Island

Alana joined the Key Accounts team in February 2020, taking on the role of South Island Manager.

 

Hailing from a sheep, beef & deer farm in Central Southland, Alana has a great foundation in the industry. She holds a Tourism degree from the University of Otago and brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her previous roles in the industry – including rural banking, fertiliser sales, rural real estate as well as time spent working for Fonterra.

 

The agriculture industry is where her passion lies, and she enjoys working together with her team to add value to farmers’  businesses.

 

Outside of work, she leads a busy active life with her two young daughters. Her main hobby is horse riding (hunting) and she is involved in some local communities.

Sales team - Josh Verhoek
Joshua Verhoek
Senior Sales Staff
Regional Sales Manager Western LNI
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