Team

To say we value and recognise the importance of our people is an understatement. In fact, everything we do revolves around our team and our culture.

Our farms are managed by individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds – from those who grew up in rural New Zealand and have always been immersed in agriculture, to those who worked in the corporate sector before drastically changing career paths. No matter where they’ve come from, they're supported by a system which was designed to foster success; which has evolved over time to cultivate the capabilities of the individual, to encourage innovative thinking, and to nurture ownership and responsibility.  

We realise that any success the company enjoys is a direct result of the efforts of the individuals involved, and we recognise those efforts accordingly. Where appropriate we encourage our managers to become shareholders and business owners, working alongside them to plan for their futures and help make their dreams and aspirations a reality. As a consequence we enjoy unparalleled staff retention, and a working environment which is inspiring, invigorating, and plenty of fun to be involved in!

john John Nicholls

Director/Owner After completing a Bachelor of Agriculture, majoring in production and management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Ag Science from Massey University in 1989 I embarked on...

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Kelly Kelly Nicholls

Director/Owner Following secondary school I attended the Auckland Technical Institute where I completed my Administration and Business diploma, going on to work in the legal sector as a...

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Nicci 2019 Nicci Russell

Finance Manager After finishing high school I studied Business and went on to work in the medical field in accounts and administration. I have been with Rylib Group...

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Anna 2019 Anna South

Office Manager I have been working with the Rylib Group team for the last 12 months.  Prior to this I was a teacher aide in a primary school...

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Todd Todd Halliday

Farm Manager - Fairmont Farm I’m relatively new to the industry, having previously worked in the hospitality sector before embarking on a complete career change and going to...

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Murray B Murray Bowden

Farm Manager - Ma Taua From school I started a career as a butcher.  I always knew that I wanted to work outdoors with animals as I...

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Sheldon Sheldon Price

Farm Manager - Akitu Growing up in Marlborough and visiting my cousins dairy farm during school holidays gave me a taste of the dairy lifestyle and I loved...

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Jonny Jonny Hoets

  Farm Manager - Kairoa Farm After growing up on my parents dairy farm it was no surprise when I too, alongside my brothers took an interest in...

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Matt Steffensen Matt Steffensen

Farm Manager  - Mahanga    I grew up on a Dairy Farm since the age of 12 which gave me a taste for farming and I haven't looked...

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Ashley Ashley Wilson

Farm Manager - Delarbe Farm I spent 9 years in the Arable sector before making the change to the Dairy Industry where I have been since 2014.  I...

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Tom Comer 2019 Tom Comer

Assistant Farm Manager - Akitu I grew up on a farm in South Canterbury and after leaving school worked in the Maritime Industry around New Zealand and the...

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Marianne Maryanne Middlemiss

Assistant Farm Manager - Fairmont Farm For as long as I can remember I had always wanted to be a farmer.  In 2010 I had the chance...

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Chey Chey Howley

Assistant Farm Manager - Delarbe Farm I have recently moved to Canterbury from Southland with my wife and son to take on the Assistant Manager position at Delarbe...

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Ethan 2019 Ethan Fowler

Assistant Farm Manager - Ma Taua Farm I have close to 10 years experience in the Dairy Industry, working with herds from 350 to 1500 mostly around...

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Ben Ward Ben Ward

Assistant Farm Manager - Kairoa Farm I am originally from Sydney and was a Dementia Care Specialist for 6 years at an experimental respite centre.  I moved to...

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Drew 2019 Drew MacNee

Assistant Farm Manager - Mahanga Farm I have always wanted to be a Dairy Farmer for as long as I can remember.  When I was at college...

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