Pictured left to right – Matthew Keen, Brendan Hawes, Jolene Lewis, Shelley Donnelly, Geoff Roberts, Craig Carr, Paul Amezcua, Gary Clement.
Leading national agribusiness group Carrfields has made several appointments to new and existing roles on its senior leadership team, as it prepares to embark on the next stage of business growth.
Three new roles have been established to strengthen the strategic direction of key businesses within the group. To fill these roles, Matthew Keen has been promoted internally to Chief Operating Officer for Carrfields, Graeme Wilkins has been appointed internally to Chief Executive Officer of Carrfields Middle East based in Dubai and Shannon Goldsmith has joined the group as General Manager Property, moving from Ngai Tahu Property.
Alongside these newly-established roles, five further appointments and internal promotions have been made to existing senior leadership positions.
Anthony Gale has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer for Carrfields Group, occupying the position vacated by Graeme Wilkins. Gary Clement has taken on the role of General Manager Machinery; while Glenn Moore has been appointed as General Manager of the automotive business Smallbone, filling the position vacated by Gary Clement. Meanwhile, Brendan Hawes and Geoff Roberts have been promoted to General Manager Irrigation and General Manager Contracting respectively.
All other senior leadership roles within the Carrfields Group remain unchanged, including Donald Baines (GM Livestock), Jolene Lewis (GM People and Safety) Shelley Donnelly (GM Marketing) and Paul Amezcua (CIO).
In addition, Carrfields Primary Wool (CP Wool) has strengthened its leadership team lead by chief executive Colin McKenzie with the appointment of Scott Parker earlier this year as CFO. More recently, Brent Dawson has been recruited as General Manager of CP Wool.
Craig Carr, Managing Director of Carrfields and Chairman of CP wool says it is “critically important” for the group to have the right leadership positions in place to continue providing the best service to its existing customers, as well as facilitating the company’s future growth ambitions.
“We aim to be one of New Zealand’s most trusted partners for premium agricultural products and services. I am tremendously excited about the new management appointments, which support our philosophy of developing our own people internally, as well as recruiting the best talent from outside the organisation.”
Both Carrfields and the CP Wool Group are eyeing several opportunities for growth. These include animal nutrition and food distribution in the Middle East, premium New Zealand wool products in the Australasia, UAE and the USA, distribution of a new range of technology sensors, weather stations and soil monitoring devices along with a number of other initiatives in New Zealand and globally.
Matthew Keen first joined Carrfields in 2014 and has held the role of General Manager Machinery and Irrigation for the past three years. His previous role has been split into the two new roles which have been filled by Gary Clement and Brendan Hawes.
Brent Dawson brings a strong background in supply chain management, including 15 years with Gallagher in Hamilton running their domestic and international supply chains. Most recently, he was Managing Director at RX Plastics in Ashburton. He is passionate about rural New Zealand and the opportunity to work in the wool industry, being part of the natural fibre resurgence.
Graeme Wilkins first joined Carrfields in 2011. Following several years as Group Chief Financial Officer, he is now assuming responsibility for the group’s fast-growing Middle Eastern operations, based in a new office in Dubai.
Shannon Goldsmith has several years’ experience in property management and asset management roles in New Zealand and overseas. Most recently, he has worked for Ngai Tahu Property. He is a member of the Canterbury Maori Rugby Union.
Gary Clement has been appointed to the role of General Manager Machinery, responsible primarily for Carrfields’ NZAMG business which comprises several Class Harvest Centres in Canterbury. He was previously GM of Smallbone, a Canterbury automotive business which is owned by Carrfields under a joint venture. Gary has a long history with Carrfields dating back to 1989 when he first joined the Machinery business.
Glenn Moore has taken up the reins of General Manager at Smallbone, following Gary Glement’s move to Machinery. Glenn is a Cantabrian who joins Carrfields with an impressive business and general management track record spanning the food, meat and manufacturing sectors in New Zealand and Australia. Glenn also is head coach of the Black Ferns.
Brendan Hawes has assumed the role of General Manager of Carrfields Irrigation. Brendan first joined Carrfields in 2014 and has 13 years’ experience in the irrigation industry.
Geoff Roberts has been appointed as General Manager Contracting. He joined Carrfields’ contracting division in 2014. Last year he took on the role of operations manager, co-managing the entire contracting business. He has now assumed full responsibility for the division.