OUR PEOPLE

Our team is what sets Trevelyan’s apart from the rest. Their talent, commitment and expertise is what drives our unique company culture and fuels our desire to be the very best in the business. The following biographies of our key staff members highlight their national and international experience, and outline their career path at Trevelyan’s to date.

James Trevelyan

James Trevelyan

Managing Director

 james@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 648 8878

Having been brought up on the home orchard, James returned in 1992 to help his parents John and Elizabeth run the family’s business. James became the Managing Director in late 2009 when Alister stepped back from CEO to a directorship role. James is passionate about getting the job done right and believes LEAN manufacturing has the relevant tools to push the company forward in a measured manner.

He is currently a member of the Certified Organic Kiwifruit Association (COKA) and the Organic Development Group (ODG). James and his family live on a 5ha orchard in the Te Puke area.

Stephen Butler

Stephen Butler

General Manager

 stephenb@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 517 7999
 

Stephen has been with Trevelyan’s since 2004, initially as CFO before moving to the role of General Manager in late 2009. Stephen brings commercial experience to the business from a variety of corporate roles, including the NZ Dairy Board, P&O Shipping and Toyota NZ where he managed the Lexus brand. Stephen is a director of Tauranga Kiwifruit Logistics (TKL). Stephen is also a keen runner and has recently taken up mountain biking.

Alister Hawkey

Alister Hawkey

Executive Director

 alister@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 490 9838
 

Alister is our Executive Director and has been with Trevelyan’s since 1985. He served as our CEO from 1992 until 2009.

Alister is also chairman of the G4 group of postharvest companies; a director of Trevelyan Growers Limited, BayFarms Ltd and NutriKiwi Ltd; a member of the Gold Development Group; as well as the Sustainability Steering Group for Zespri and our industry.

Debbie Robinson

Debbie Robinson

Supply Manager

 debbie@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 530 0559

Debbie is the Supply Manager of Trevelyan Growers Limited (TGL), responsible for ensuring we meet the obligations set out in the annual Zespri Supply Agreement. Debbie represents TGL’s views at industry forums and is a member of the Industry Supply Group (ISG), the NZKGI forum, and the KGI executive committee. She is also responsible for managing and administering grower funds and OGR forecasting. Debbie and her husband, Dennis, raised their family and still reside on a local organic kiwifruit orchard.

Mike Perrett

Mike Perrett

Grower Liaison Manager

Daniel Birnie

Daniel Birnie

Avocado Manager

 daniel@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 486 6969

Daniel has been with Trevelyan’s since 2007 and as our Avocado Manager, he is responsible for all facets of our avocado business. He also oversees the marketing of our domestic fruit sales, and plays a varied role in Trevelyan’s kiwifruit business. Daniel has a degree in Psychology and a Management Diploma from the University of Waikato. Daniel is involved with the New Zealand avocado industry at many different levels, including sitting on the Packers Forum executive. Daniel lives with his family in Papamoa.

Christine Broad

Christine Broad

Harvest Manager

Gordon Skipage

Gordon Skipage

Kiwifruit Technical Manager

 gordon@trevelyan.co.nz

 020 414 99890

Gordon joined Trevelyan’s in 2018 as the Kiwifruit Technical Manager after a short stint as a Technical Advisor at Farmlands. Previous industry experience includes working at Satara and Seeka before spending 5 years at Zespri as the Pre-Harvest Assurance Manager where he had oversight of on-orchard industry practices including GlobalGAP and Crop Protection. Gordon graduated from Victoria University in 1998 which a Bachelor or Commerce and Administration degree.

Harley Johnston

Harley Johnston

Continuous Improvement Manager

Christine Draffin

Christine Draffin

Quality & Compliance Manager

 chris@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 237 9423

Christine joined Trevelyan’s over 25 years ago as a re-packer and has held many positions since, including working in the packhouse as a grader, in the orchard for summer pruning, as a receptionist and wage clerk, in the EDI department and pest monitoring. Qualified as a QC in 1992, she has been our Quality and Compliance Manager for over 10 years.

Christine joined Trevelyan’s in 2016 as the Harvest Manager for both the kiwifruit and avocado crops. Previous experience has been in a variety of horticulture and agricultural industries including apples, grain, livestock and forestry in both New Zealand and Australia. Christine has a degree in Geography from Massey University and enjoys travel and spending time with family.

Mike McCauley

Mike McCauley

Coolstore Manager

 mike@trevelyan.co.nz

 07 573 0085

Mike has been part of the Trevelyan’s team since 2007. Born and bred in Te Puke, Mike is a qualified fitter turner and has built orchard machinery. He worked for 17 years as a maintenance fitter for Affco prior to joining us. Mike is our Coolstore Manager and also helps with site construction projects and developments to plant and equipment. Mike is a keen outdoors man.

Paula Ross

Paula Ross

Financial Controller

 paula@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 237 9424

Originally from Scotland, Paula has a Master’s degree in Accountancy and Finance and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (UK) and Associate Chartered Accountant (NZ). With 15 years’ experience, including five years in London as Financial Accountant for one of Europe’s largest electrical fitting companies, Paula and her husband, Gavin, moved to New Zealand in 2006 where she worked for a local accounting firm before joining Trevelyan’s in 2008.

John Lewitt

John Lewitt

Operations Manager

 john@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 648 5576

John joined the team at Trevelyan’s in 2011. Prior to that he was Facility Manager at Carter Holt Harvey in Mt Maunganui, supplying packaging to the horticulture industry. John has a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Massey University. As our Operations Manager, he oversees production and operations during the packing and cool store/shipping seasons. John enjoys a wide variety of outdoor sports and activities and has run the Rotorua marathon a couple of times.

Rebecca Gibson

Rebecca Gibson

Packaging Manager

Kelly Seymour

Kelly Seymour

Grower Payments

 kelly@trevelyan.co.nz

 07 573 0085

Kelly joined Trevelyan’s in March 2016.  Prior to this she lived in Auckland and worked at Cavalier Corporation as an Accountant for their NZ and Australian operations.  Kelly has a Bachelor of Business from AUT majoring in Accounting and Information Systems.  Outside of work she enjoys being creative and spending time with family and friends. Kelly is also currently learning Te Reo Maori and should be fluent in about 20 years. 

Jay Bent

Jay Bent

Commercial Accountant

 jay.bent@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 465 8886

Adam Franklin

Adam Franklin

Orchard Division Manager

Shelley Harawira

Shelley Harawira

Forklift Manager

Amrit Singh

Amrit Singh

EDI Manager

Aaron Russell

Aaron Russell

Health and Safety Manager

Jodi Johnstone

Jodi Johnstone

Human Resource Manager

jodi@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 222 4484

Jodi joined Trevelyan’s as the Human Resource Manager in 2008. Within her role she manages our HR, Seasonal Recruitment, RSE, Camp, Kitchen & Facilities teams. Jodi first joined the industry as the BOP Industry Labour Coordinator in 2005. She is a member of the Bay of Plenty region’s Labour Governance Group and leads the Industry Immigration Working Group. Jodi undertook her university studies in Business & Human Resources with Massey University.

Jonathan Cutting

Jonathan Cutting

Orchard Productivity Manager

 jonathan@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 973 3513

Jonathan joined our Grower Services Team in 2014 as an Avocado Consultant to help growers with on-orchard technical advice and guidance. Originally from South Africa, Jonathan came to New Zealand in 1993 to take up a senior research fellowship/lecturing position at Massey University and has experience in plant physiology and general horticultural management. One of his prior roles was Technical Manager/CEO of the Avocado Industry Council (AIC). Jonathan enjoys biking, fishing, playing squash, growing vegetables and “planning that next overseas holiday” to visit his two adult sons in Western Australia.

Donna Atkinson

Donna Atkinson

Inventory Manager

Donna joined the kiwifruit industry in 2012 and started with Trevelyan’s in 2016 as a Shipping Co-ordinator, before moving to the role of Inventory Manager later in 2016. Donna has a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science from Massey University. She enjoys running and competes in NZ equestrian sports.

Kim Borowicz

Kim Borowicz

BayFarms Payments

 kim@trevelyan.co.nz

 07 573 0085

Kim Borowicz joined Trevelyan’s in 2012 after moving from Opotiki where she raised three children and was involved in all aspects of kiwifruit production and packing. Kim is in charge of Grower Payments in our finance team. Her duties include responsibility for the BayFarms fortnightly local market fruit pools, which involves liaising with our suppliers, and reconciling and distributing funds back to growers. During the kiwifruit packing season, Kim helps with the reconciliation of grower packlines in our busy front office.

Mike Haack-Rangi

Mike Haack-Rangi

Maintenance & Engineering Manager

Mike started here at Trevelyan’s in March 2017 as an Engineer then moved positions to the Maintenance and Engineering Manager role in November 2018. 10 years prior to working with Trevelyan’s Mike worked for LENZ Equipment and Compac Sorting Equipment, manufacturing and servicing fruit packing machinery and automation. His interests include Hunting, Fishing, Cars, Motorbikes, Engineering and spending time with Family.

Lance is Trevelyan’s Domestic Produce Manager. As a qualified horticulturist, Lance began his career in grower services but preferred the challenges of post-harvest and supply chain management within the export fresh produce sector. Lance has over 12 years’ experience and has been tasked with increasing our presence across the country, improving grower returns and building market share via the BayFarms brand. He is a member of CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply), and enjoys the outdoors and playing sport.

Phil Allison

Phil Allison

Information Systems Manager

 phil@trevelyan.co.nz

 027 455 5946

Phil joined Trevelyan’s fulltime in 2003 after working night shifts during the packing season for a number of years. Prior to that he worked for HortResearch (now Plant and Food Research) at the Te Puke Research Centre and Ruakura Research Centre in Hamilton, both as a Plant Physiologist and Entomologist. Phil graduated from Lincoln University in 1985 with an Honours degree in Plant Breeding and is now Trevelyan’s Technical Manager.

Sarah Lei

Sarah Lei

Sustainability Manager