Mark Wynne Chief
Executive Officer Chief

Executive Mark Wynne joined Ballance in late September 2014, and has extensive experience in agribusiness, including 20 years in the dairy industry, eight of them in senior roles within Fonterra. He was previously President South Asia for Kimberly-Clark for five years, growing the United States multinational’s market share with brands like Kleenex and Huggies.

Mark has led very successful teams in highly competitive global businesses like Kimberly-Clark, turning over of US$1.4 billion in his region. He has a respected international track record for building brands and in managing mergers and acquisitions. He has significant experience in co-operatives through his international career with Fonterra.

He also has an understanding of farming, holding a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences from Massey University, majoring in farm management and marketing. Mark is passionate about growth, innovation and talent. He has invested in and advised innovative New Zealand export oriented growth companies and holds a number of Board Directorships.

Greg Delaney
General Manager Supply Chain

As General Manager Supply Chain Greg Delaney has overall responsibility for the company's supply chain spanning procurement, distribution, planning, logistics and supply chain development.  He also oversees the company’s health, safety, environment and quality programmes.

Greg joined Ballance in 2002, taking up the role of Service Centre Manager at Morrinsville. Soon after, Greg's responsibilities grew to include management of the North Island store expansion programme, during which he successfully established a company presence in the Taranaki/Lower North Island area, opening service centres in Waingawa, Feilding, Stratford and Hastings. In addition to his experience in distribution and logistics, during his time at Ballance Greg has also been involved in a number of developments in a project management capacity.

Following on from his appointment as General Manager Distribution and Logistics in 2008, Greg’s role expanded to include responsibility for fertiliser operations in 2012.

Prior to his employment with Ballance Greg had a career in the forestry industry, and was Auckland region manager of national waste company EnviroWaste.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours from Waikato University.


Albert Brantley
Appointed Director

First Appointed 2014 Albert Brantley is chief executive of Ōtākaro Limited, the Crown Company with the responsibility for completion of the Crown funded anchor projects for the Christchurch rebuild programme, as well as divesture of the land in the central business district and residential areas the Crown acquired after the  2011 earthquake. A highly qualified engineer and geologist, he has worked on a number of engineering and commercial projects in the oil and gas, mining and power generation sectors across the globe.  He has considerable experience leading operationally complex businesses which require high levels of stakeholder, political, regulatory and environmental management.

Mr Brantley is the former chief executive of Genesis Energy, and has held other similar roles in New Zealand at L&M Mining and OceanaGold. He is the former Executive Managing Director of CMS Power Company, leading a $2.3 billion project to build a 1600MW generation plant with associated desalination facilities in Abu Dhabi.  Mr Brantley holds a Bachelor of Science, is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

David Peacocke
Chairman and Ward A Director

First Elected 2005

David Peacocke is based in Raglan and has interests in several large farming operations, both in the Waikato and the South Island. His business interests are diverse and encompass the beef, sheep, dairy, forestry, poultry and property sectors.
Mr Peacocke is a director of a number of companies in the rural sector, including Taupiri Holdings and Melrose Limited, and was appointed as chairman of Ballance in 2013.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) from Lincoln College and in 2004 was the Supreme Award winner of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards for the Waikato region.


Oliver Saxton
Ward A Director

First Elected 2001

Oliver Saxton farms Lakelands in North Waikato, and also has dairy farming interests in the South Island.
As well as practical farming knowledge, Mr Saxton brings significant commercial experience to the Ballance board, and was recently appointed director of Tuatahi Farming.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) from Lincoln College and has worked in the banking sector, and in the field of commercial property management and development. He is also a fully accredited member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Mr Saxton was the Supreme Award winner of the Waikato Farm Environment Award in 1997 and completed the Kellogg’s Primary Industry Rural Leadership Programme in 2001.

Edith Sykes
General Manager People and Capability

Edith Sykes was appointed to the role of General Manager People and Capability in 2015 following three years as Human Resources Manager for Ballance.

During her time at Ballance she has made a strong contribution to building a high performance culture, enhancing employee engagement levels and building leadership capability across the organisation, with a number of focussed strategic priorities. 

Prior to joining the co-operative Edith has held Human Resource leadership roles spanning manufacturing, health and financial services industries across a diverse range of global and local organisations including Cadbury/Kraft Foods, SCA, Fletcher Forests, Tegel Foods (Heinz Watties), Bay Milk Products and Tower Corp.

Edith holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University. 


John Elliott
General Manager Customer Experience and Marketing (Acting)

Acting General Manager Customer Experience and Marketing, John Elliott, began working for Ballance in 2008.  Head of Marketing for Ballance and its subsidiaries, John has been in this role for four years.  Prior to that he was Commercial Manager of Altum (previously Summit Quinphos).  John has spent most of his 23 years in agriculture in sales leadership roles where he has developed successful teams that deliver results. Before studies John was involved in hands on farming, in shepherding, droving and fencing roles in Northland and on the East Coast.  John holds a Bachelor of Agriculture from Massey University.


Andrew Morrison
Ward B Director

First Elected 2011

Andrew Morrison is a Southland based sheep and beef farmer currently farming 1030 ha between Otago and Southland. Passionate about agriculture he currently serves in the industry good space as a Beef+Lamb NZ director, and is also a New Zealand Meat Board director.

Mr Morrison’s not-for-profit involvement includes Ovis Management, which monitors and promotes the control of sheep measles. He is a director on the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium in which industry and government has partnered to research and potentially commercialise methane mitigation solutions in ruminant animals.

Mr Morrison is also a member of the Environment Southland Water and Land 2020 Steering Group, set up to provide recommendations to council on initiatives to manage water quality through the requirements of the National Policy Statement on Fresh Water Management.


Murray Taggart
Ward B Director

Frist Elected 2009

Murray Taggart farms a 732 ha irrigated sheep, beef and cropping property near Oxford, North Canterbury. Mr Taggart brings considerable experience to the board, and is currently serving as the chairman of Alliance Group. He is a past director of CRT Society and past chairman of the National Meat and Fibre Council, and past member of the National Board of Federated Farmers.
Prior to farming he was employed in the banking sector holding roles in corporate banking. In 1996 Mr Taggart was the recipient of a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, and in 2006 he won the Tasman Region FMG Rural Excellence Award. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.
Mr Taggart brings a wider perspective of agriculture to the board from the experience gained through his various governance roles in the farming industry.

John Maxwell
General Manager Operations

John Maxwell joined Ballance in 1987, at the gas treatment plant which was part of the ammonia urea complex, in the technical department.  He held several roles in the Kapuni organisation, leading to Site Manager in 2006.

John holds a Bachelor of Science, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Technology, and has completed various business papers.

In 2013 John was appointed General Manager Petrochemicals and Super Air, prior to his role expanding to include all fertiliser operations in 2015.

As General Manager Operations John’s responsibilities cover the two superphosphate manufacturing plants, the ammonia urea plant, and the company’s aerial topdressing company Super Air.


Campbell Parker
General Manager Sales

Campbell Parker joined Ballance in October 2015 as General Manager Sales.  His responsibilities include leading and motivating the Nutrient Specialists across New Zealand who interact with farmers on a daily basis, the retail partnerships with Merchants, and the Science Extension team who translate science into practical on farm advice on fertiliser and nutrient management.

Campbell joined Ballance following a successful banking career with BNZ, initially as an Agribusiness banker and then through various senior leadership roles including leading the successful Partners Network nationally. He is an experienced executive that brings a strong depth of sales leadership experience to Ballance, combined with a real passion for the future success of agriculture in New Zealand.

Campbell has a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Rural Valuation and Farm Management) from Massey University.


Sarah von Dadelszen
Ward A Director

First Elected 2014

Sarah von Dadelszen, along with husband Sam, operates a 13,000 stock unit sheep and beef property and a 350 cow dairy farm near Takapau, in the central Hawke’s Bay. Sarah has been actively involved in governance roles across the rural sector with the NZ Beef Council and Fonterra Shareholders Council and is currently a trustee of the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT).

A former winner of the Richmond Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year, she was awarded a Food and Agribusiness Marketing Experience scholarship studying markets in America, Europe, China and Japan. Sarah has more recently gained a deeper understanding of the intricacies of global agri-business following attendance at the Stanford University Business School with a New Zealand Primary Industry New Zealand Leadership Group, and a trip to Russia and Morocco to attend the International Fertiliser Association Conference and meet with key suppliers to build a further understanding of the fertiliser supply chain.

Born into a farming family, Sarah built up considerable practical experience ahead of obtaining a Bachelor of Agriculture from Massey University. After graduation she spent five years in rural banking, adding financial disciplines to her farming knowledge. 

John Harvey
Appointed Director

First Appointed 2012

Mr Harvey is a professional director with a background in accounting and professional services. He has more than 35 years’ professional experience, including 23 years as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he also held a number of leadership and governance roles.
Mr Harvey has extensive experience in financial reporting, governance, information systems and processes, business evaluation, acquisition and merger and takeover reviews.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Canterbury. A member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, he is currently a director of Stride Property, Investore Property, Heartland Bank, Kathmandu Holdings and Port Otago, and is chairman of New Zealand Opera.


Gray Baldwin
Ward A Director

First Elected 2009

Gray Baldwin farms 900 ha of dairy platform, cropping support and forestry southwest of Putaruru. Milking 1200 cows, Mr Baldwin along with his wife and sharemilkers, was the Supreme Award winner of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards for the Waikato region in 2009.
With a career background in rural banking and fertiliser, Mr Baldwin was employed by Ballance Agri-Nutrients from 2000 to 2007 in various senior management roles.
Mr Baldwin holds a Masters in Agricultural Science (Animal Science), a Diploma in Business Administration (Marketing), and a Certificate in Sustainable Nutrient Management, all from Massey University. His other directorships include Livestock Improvement Corporation and registered charity Trinity Lands.

Kim Ellis
Appointed Director

First Appointed 2012

Mr Ellis was chief executive of Waste Management New Zealand for 13 years, culminating in the company’s sale in 2006. His earlier chief executive appointments, dating back to 1978, covered a number of market sectors including health, manufacturing, logistics, property, agriculture and fashion.
Well practised at driving competitive positioning and outcomes within duopoly markets, Mr Ellis also has a substantial amount of experience relating to mergers and acquisitions.
A professional director, Mr Ellis currently has roles with Enviro Waste Services, Freightways, Port of Tauranga, FSF Management Company, New Zealand Social Infrastructure Fund, and Metlifecare.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) with first class honours from Canterbury University, and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Economics) with first class honours from Victoria University.

Richard Hopkins
Chief Financial Officer

Richard Hopkins was promoted into the role of Chief Financial Officer in August 2013, and is responsible for the financial affairs of the co-operative and has taken over responsibility for Ballance’s Information Systems from February 2015.

Richard joined Ballance as Business Development Manager in January 2011, and during his time in that role he made a strong contribution to the company’s performance. This included the acquisitions of SealesWinslow and Farmworks Systems (Ag Hub).  Richard acts as Director of each of the Group’s subsidiary Boards. 

Prior to joining the co-operative Richard was the Director of Corporate Finance at Westpac Institutional Bank.  Previous roles also include Director of Credit Suisse’s Global Energy Group based in London, and Analyst for HSBC Investment Bank.

Richard holds a Masters in Business Administration and Finance, and BSc (Honours) Chemistry.