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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Rylib Images 2020 38 of 41 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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Rylib Images 2020 37 of 41 Olivia Radford

Office Manager I have recently joined the Rylib Group Team.  For several years prior to this I was the Office Manager of a busy medical practice based in...

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Rylib Images 2020 5 of 41 James Martin

Farm Manager - Delarbe Farm With six years Dairy experience I am excited about the challenge of my first management role at Delarbe Farm.  With the support of...

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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 My wife Hayley and I are Equity Managers on Akitu Farm in Coldstream.  We have 5 children with the eldest in his first year...

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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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Rylib Images 2020 4 of 41 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 - Fairmont 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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Rylib Images 2020 39 of 41 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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Rylib Images 2020 2 of 41 James Reid

Assistant Farm Manager - Delarbe Farm I grew up in Marlborough and the Sounds for the first part of my life which gave me a love for...

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Rylib Images 2020 1 of 41 Simon Mead

Assistant Farm Manager - Ma Taua Farm After a career working remotely in the sheep and beef industry we decided as a family to explore the Dairy industry.  We...

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Rylib Images 2020 36 of 41 Sarah Crossen

Assistant Farm Manager - Kairoa Farm Growing up on a sheep, beef and arable farm in South Canterbury I wasn't keen to be a farmer so went...

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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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