Ravensdown exists to enable smarter farming for a better New Zealand. Our products, expertise and technology help farmers reduce environmental impacts and optimise value from the land.
Whether it’s food grown for livestock or for humans, we are an integral part of the food creation process. We are the only co-operative on the planet that tests for, advises about, buys, ships, stores, spreads, measures and maps food-creating nutrients and fertiliser in a truly integrated way. We also provide products and services in environmental mitigation, and agronomy along with animal health supplements.
When it comes to the growing prosperity of New Zealand, stronger rural communities and a progressive, environmentally considerate agrisector, Ravensdown is part of the solution.
Check out what our stakeholders are saying about our contribution here.
Meet the Team
The nine members of our leadership team are focused on delivering on the co-operative’s strategy.
Garry started with Ravensdown as CEO in 2021.
“For Ravensdown, the outlook is positive and the mindset is one of constant improvement. There’s never been a better time for innovation and technology to take the agsector and New Zealand forward.”
Chief Financial Officer
Sean started with Ravensdown in 2004 and has been CFO since 2005.
“A healthy balance sheet tops the list. We seek to improve our debt position, equity ratios and costs leading to an improved bottom line so we can reward shareholders’ faith in us. Profitability and return on assets employed will be the focus rather than top line revenue growth.”
Katrina Benedetti Forastieri
General Manager Culture and People
Katrina joined Ravensdown in July 2018 with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and Organisation Development.
“Health, safety and well-being of our people is a crucial part of that experience, as is ensuring we grow and develop our people to help them achieve their career objectives while collectively pursuing those of the organisation."
Jennifer started with Ravensdown in 2014 and joined the leadership team in 2021. She has practised as a lawyer for over 20 years, and has worked in New Zealand and Australia in both law firm and in-house roles.
“We need to support the integrity of the co-operative by being a company that respects the law and strives to be a preferred and accountable partner with its stakeholders.”
General Manager Sales & Marketing
Gary started with Ravensdown in 2017 and has been General Manager Sales & Marketing since 2021.
“Our aspiration is to be the chosen partners for New Zealand farmers and growers who need to improve environmental and productive performance for the sake of current and future generations.”
Chief Information Officer
Mark started with Ravensdown in 2001 and for the last 10 as CIO has developed leading technologies that transformed the precision of our spreading services and interaction with customers.
“We’ll be ensuring comprehensive and efficient capture of farm nutrient management information with tools like HawkEye enabling farmers to optimise their farm input expenditure whilst boosting their environmental performance."
General Manager Innovation and Strategy
Mike started with Ravensdown in 1981 and has held a variety of roles in marketing, sales supply and R&D.
“We’ll be implementing the research phase of our Primary Growth Partnership into transforming hill country farming through remote testing and more precise aerial spreading. We’ll also be building nutrient-budgeting alliances with other signatories of the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord.”
General Manager Supply Chain
Mike started with Ravensdown in 1997 and has held a variety of roles in finance, sales, marketing, manufacturing and now the supply chain.
“Quality and service is key. We’re investing in our stores to improve service and implementing rigorous process in terms of fertiliser procurement and quality. Success will enable more integration between logistics, stores and customers delivering improved quality, value for money and enhanced traceability.”
General Manager Operations
Stephen is a professional engineer and joined Ravensdown in July 2018 after 20 years of international experience in operations, risk management and strategy development.
“Ravensdown is clearly focused on the future of farming in New Zealand and leading the way in providing innovative solutions. I’m looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.
Board of Directors
As a co-operative 100% owned by farmers, Ravensdown's Board includes six shareholder-elected directors, and two appointed directors.
Bruce Wills B.Com(Ag)
Elected Director Area 4
Bruce farms sheep and cattle near Napier having previously spent 20 years in banking and investment. Bruce is a past National President of Federated Farmers and holds a wide range of other Governance positions particularly in the areas of science and the environment.
Pete Moynihan B.Ag.Sc
Elected Director Area 1
Pete Moynihan is an Invercargill based dairy farmer and company director. Previously Pete was a senior Banker managing the South Island Agribusiness division for a large bank. Pete was elected to the Ravensdown board in 2013.
Elected Director Area 2
Nicola Hyslop farms outside Timaru and has 15 years’ experience in governance roles, including directorships with Opuha Water, Irrigation New Zealand and Beef&Lamb.
Elected Director Area 3
Jane owns a farm in North Canterbury and has been on the board since 2020. She is an intellectual property lawyer, previously an associate director with AgResearch and a former chair of the audit and risk committee for the JR McKenzie Trust.
Elected Director Area 5
Mike Davey is a cropping farmer, elected member of the Taranaki Regional Council and has over 40 years’ experience in the fertiliser business. He is also a member of the Taranaki District Health Board and deputy chair of Taranaki Electricity Trust.
Dr Jacqueline Rowarth
Elected Director Area 6
Dr Jacqueline Rowarth is an agri-environment expert who was formerly chief scientist of the Environmental Protection Authority and is current director of DairyNZ.
Jason Dale is CFO of NZ Steel and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has been on the Board since 2014. He is currently Chairman of Crest Commercial Cleaning Limited and former Chair of the Audit Committees for Taranaki Investments Management Limited and LIC. He is the former CFO of large listed and unlisted companies such as EROAD, Auckland Airport, PGG Wrightsons and Fonterra Ingredients.
David Biland has held international management and governance roles, including with New Zealand company Argenta and animal health multinational Merial.
Area 1 - Pete Moynihan
Clutha, Gore, Southland Districts, Invercargill City, Central Otago, and Queenstown-Lakes Districts, part Waitaki District (that portion south of Kakanui), and Dunedin City.
Area 2 - Nicola Hyslop
Waimate, Timaru, MacKenzie, Ashburton Districts, and part Waitaki District (that portion including and north of Kakanui).
Area 3 - Jane Montgomery
Banks Peninsula, Waimakariri, Selwyn Districts, Christchurch City, Hurunui, Kaikoura, Marlborough, Tasman, Westland, Grey, Buller Districts, and Nelson City.
Area 4 - Bruce Wills
Gisborne, Wairoa, Napier City, Hastings, Central Hawke’s Bay, Tararua, Masterton, Carterton, South Wairarapa and eastern parts of Lower Hutt City.
Area 5 - Mike Davey
New Plymouth, Strafford, South Taranaki, southern parts of Ruapehu and Taupo, Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu, Palmerston North City, Horowhenua, Kapiti Coast, Porirua City, Upper Hutt, Wellington City and western Lower Hutt City.
Area 6 - Jacqueline Rowarth
Northland, Auckland, Hamilton City, Waikato, Thames-Coromandel, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, Waipa, Otorohonga, Waitomo, South Waikato, Western Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, Rotorua, Kawerau, Whakatane, Opotiki and northern parts of Taupo and Ruapehu Districts.
Reporting on progress
Here are the annual reports and integrated reports for the past five years. The current year’s report is also available on our integrated reporting website.
As a co-operative that exists to enable smarter farming for a better New Zealand, Ravensdown is committed to reporting transparently on progress toward its key measures and engagement with stakeholders.