I come from a pioneering family in Raglan that dates back to 1836 when the Rev James Wallis established the first Weslian mission in the district. I was born and raised on a sheep and dairy farm in Okete Raglan.

Prior to returning to farming in 2000 we spent ten years with a non-for-profit mission organisation. My wife Shayney and I bought our first farm in 2004.

We spent several years travelling into SE Asia during this time doing mission work.  The latter half of the ten years I spent as a campaign director in events management with the same organisation working in Australia, the U.S and India.

I have been on the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council representing farmers in the Hamilton (now Waikato West) ward since 2013. During this time I have taken every opportunity to upskill in the areas of Governance and Representation. This has included completing the Kellogg rural leadership programme and the Fonterra Governance Development Program.

I also served on the Board of Trustees for Te Uku primary school for four years, on the Boards of Tearfund NZ and Flame Cambodia (NGO), and as Chairperson of Raglan Surf Life Saving Club since 2019. I have a Diploma in Agri Business Management.

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