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Andrew Jackson 027 439 3387
Todd Holmes 027 279 8926
Bruce Lilley 027 553 3085
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A yearning to branch out on his own, saw him lease a pig unit and sign an agreement with a multi national pig breeding company. This was to supply female progeny to various countries around the world. Valerie at the time worked as a vet nurse for the local practice that Andrew used, which is how they met. Five years later they decided it was time for a change and the business was sold as a going concern.
There was just time for an overseas trip before settling down and enjoying the next challenge(in the UK they thought!). New Zealand happened to be the destination of choice, and after travelling the country they fell in love with it and decided to move here. Twenty three years, two sons, a contracting business and two farms on they are still here and call New Zealand home. Andrew often remarks on the choices people make in life and the paths it leads them down. Like how taking going on a simple holiday can change your life forever!
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He spent a lot of time in his school years working on the dairy farm with his parents which gave him a good base knowledge of agriculture. After finishing school at Mt Hutt College Methven, Todd went on to gain a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from CPIT then a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Canterbury both in Christchurch.
During his engineering studies Todd developed a passion for agricultural mechanisation and engineering design. The highlight of his studies being a final year project which involved the development of a tractor mounted lavender harvesting machine for which he was awarded Outstanding Engineering in an Individual Project. The project went from initial research, concepts, design and engineering analysis right through to building and commissing the machine.
Todd gained his practical engineering and fabrication skills through spending all of his holidays from study during the year at Plucks Engineering in Rakaia. He then practiced his proffesional engineering in the R&D department at Clough Engineering in Timaru. Summer holidays were dedicated to working for Andrew Jackson Contracting, which he thoroughly enjoyed and always looked forward to! After completing studies Todd headed overseas with a friend, spending time working in Ireland and travelling to many countries.
During the time after studies he had met Madeleine who is from Sweden, and after a few trips to Sweden (to win her over!) they decided to move back to NZ. Todd then took up a full time position with Andrew Jackson Contracting and the rest is history!
Mobile: 027 553 3085
He also has a farm on the outskirts of Methven, where he lives with his wife Robyn. Their three children have all ‘flown the nest’ with eldest son David based in Roxburgh as a stock agent with PGGW, Ben is a builder and youngest daughter Sophie is studying at Lincoln University.
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When Val was 26 she decided to continue her education and spent 3 years at university studying for a degree in Human Geography and Ecology. Following that she started a small landscaping business with a friend from university. It was around this time she met Andrew and they travelled out to New Zealand age 31.
Val has never had any regrets about moving to New Zealand. She loved the early years of learning to farm and starting the contracting business. Val especially enjoyed bringing up her two boys with Andrew in the beautiful countryside of Mid Canterbury.
Mobile: 027 444 66 45
Experience: Tim attained an apprenticeship (National Certificate in Maintenance and Diagnostics in Mechanical Engineering), with North Canterbury Equipment in Amberley. He has extensive engineering and mechanical skills which are necessary for this role. He also recently spent a year working on large 5000ha cropping farm in Boori (NSW) Australia and a year working on a large 1800 ha cropping farm in Portage la prairie, Canada.
Mobile: 027 748 9599
Mobile: 027 557 0530
Office: 03 303 0872
After completing her studies she joined a work exchange programme and travelled to New Zealand to experience farming and life on the other side of the world. At this point she met Todd. After heading back home to Sweden, Madeleine moved back to New Zealand with Todd. She continued to work in the dairy industry, being promoted to a farm manager.
She now has two children with Todd, Elin and Oskar. Having two small children takes up a lot of her day, but she still finds time to do administration work for the new company. Madeleine and Todd also own a small lifestyle block near Methven.
Mobile: 027 433 8149
Office: 03 303 0872
Both Kelvin and myself have our own businesses, I assist local businesses with their accounts and Kelvin is an Agricultural Contractor. I have spent half of my working life, so far in England, where I worked mainly as a sub-contractor writing financial accounting systems for Blue Chip Companies. One day when I woke up I realised how beautiful New Zealand really is for living and moved back here. Originally from the North Island I decided the South had a much less hectic lifestyle than London.
In London I had a team of 3 persons who I managed within the company, they would work with me at the different clients we had, preparing a system that would produce a set of Management and Statutory Accounts for that clients individual needs. Once the systems were completed at different stages I would travel to where the clients subsidiaries were (mainly in countries like Africa, and in Europe), and train the subsidiary companies how to report to the head office in their new Management/Statutory Accounting system.
During the last 2 years while my daughter has been at the local pre-school I have been actively involved with the pre-school by sitting on the Board. As my daughter moves onto school I am looking into how I can get involved in the community in a different way.
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