Born and bred in South Canterbury with Pleasant Point being home for my formative years, living in a small rural town I was immersed in all things agricultural from a young age. My father was a shearer for 40 plus years, which is something I always endeavoured to replicate. However, following completion of my studies at Lincoln University I chose a career path that didn’t necessarily require a sweat towel. I started my agri-supplies venture undertaking a store-based role in Timaru which then led to a sales representative role focusing on agronomy. Some overseas travel thereafter, before settling back in Timaru for another sales representative role. From there, in the process of shifting to Christchurch, I switched from retail sales to wholesale where I worked for a wholesale seed company for 13 years. My wife Alice and I have two boys, Finn & Monty. I am a long-suffering Warriors fan - I love watching cricket and enjoy going on tramps with the family, with the goal of completing all the NZ great walks.