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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Ravensdown appoints new Farm Environmental Advisor

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Ray Mohan, recent graduate of Ravensdown’s Development Programme, has accepted the role of Farm Environmental Advisor and will be working with Mark Crawford across Otago and Southland.

“I’m excited to team up with Mark and the work he’s been doing in the regions,” says Ray. “I’ve already had the opportunity over the last three months to get involved, I’ve met a number of shareholders and prepared nutrient budgets and associated reports for various types of farms in both regions.”

Ray developed a keen interest in New Zealand agriculture early on after moving from Singapore to New Zealand at 12 years old.

Her tertiary studies at Massey University have offered her a wealth of different experiences, from an Environmental Science degree and creating biodiesel from cooking oil, to the School of Engineering where she worked to bring sustainable innovations to rural areas, and finally to her Masters in Business Studies focusing on the use of Life Cycle and Carbon Footprint Assessment to measure the impacts of sheep dairying.

After completing her Masters, Ray was drawn to Ravensdown’s Development Programme because of the Environmental Consultancy and the work they have been doing in the agriculture sector.

“I always liked the idea of consulting and working with people to use mitigation tools to find solutions. There’s more issues coming to the forefront across New Zealand. You read the news and people are either for or against the regulatory changes and I’ve always felt that if you want to make a difference, you’ve got to get amongst it.”

The mix of agricultural and environmental based training over the past eight months has put Ray in good stead as she moves into her new role.

The development programme has been great in terms of building upon my knowledge and my understanding of food creation in New Zealand. There are so many different sectors and elements to it, and the programme offers you the full scope. We get taken through the entire supply chain, from purchasing to actually getting hands on and helping shareholders.

“If I look back to my skill set when I started, and my skill set now, it’s exciting to see how far I’ve been able to progress.”