It’s hard to find people who reflect our client’s values. Building trust takes time. So does building a great team.
All our agribusiness advisors are members of New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM). To become a member each advisor must hold minimum academic qualifications, have been employed as a Primary Industry Professional for three continuous years and completed an ethics module. Applications also have to be supported by referees and accepted by the NZIPIM Board.
Directors Lee Matheson, Duncan Walker, Trudy Laan and John Perrin have also achieved the prestigious status of becoming Registered Members. To achieve this status they have been identified by their professional peers and clients as having a level of expertise and a high standard of delivery in the core competencies. To achieve this status they have to provide examples of work for review by peers, provide referees (including clients) and be accepted by an interview panel. As Registered Members they are also held to a high standard around professional development and are required to complete set amounts of this every year.
Lee came to agribusiness consultancy via the unlikely pathway of a suburban Wellington upbringing, an Honours degree in plant science and a six-year career in the financial markets. In his role as the firm’s MD, Lee doesn’t get out on-farm as much as he would like but makes the most of it when he does. Despite feeling like he’s swapped the paddock for the boardroom, Lee still provides dairy and dry stock farm systems advice, as well as being involved with farm business strategy, corporate governance, investment analysis and economic research.
Outside of Perrin Ag, Lee loves to spend his time refereeing rugby, watching his three kids play sport, gardening with his wife, Haidee, and indulging his seasonal passion, game bird shooting. He tries to collect more wine and single malts than he enjoys and harbours a secret ambition to be a jazz pianist.
“I love the challenge of empowering people in our primary sectors and the excitement of seeing clients achieving their aspirations. If we can encourage farmers to engage with their consumers, take a more active involvement in their supply chains and view their businesses through a wider lens, then I think our industries have a great future.”
Duncan graduated from Massey University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture and Agribusiness. Coming from a sheep, beef and deer farming background, Duncan’s shift into the dairy industry was the result of an opportunity on his own account to undertake a dry stock to dairy conversion. Duncan project managed the conversion then continued to run the dairy farm for a further three years following the conversion. Since joining Perrin Ag in 2011 Duncan works with a range of clients from owner-operator farm businesses through to corporate multiple land use businesses. While he has a strong background in financial analysis, business strategy and pastoral farm systems, Duncan is increasingly working with clients to analyse and integrate horticulture and forestry investments into their farm businesses.
“I enjoy helping clients navigate through the complexities of today’s financial, operational and compliance challenges while helping to grow clients businesses through exploring and analysing new and innovative opportunities.”
Trudy graduated from Massey with an Honors degree in Agricultural Science. Since then she has been involved in practical farming on her own account and worked as a senior tutor in agriculture. She has also been a national examiner for NZQA farm business. Joining Perrin Ag in May 2002, Trudy works as a farm consultant in all areas of farming, specialising in dairying, corporate supervision, land use conversion and staff recruitment.
Trudy brings significant experience in dairy farm systems and management, along with a real passion for lifting productivity and achieving her clients’ aspirations.
“My philosophy has always been that you spend so much of your life working, that you should work at something you are passionate about and would love to do even if you were not getting paid. Having been brought up on a dairy farm where we were actively involved, I have always loved cows. I also enjoy the privilege of being trusted to assist farmers and the long term relationships we have with both staff and owners in the role as farm supervisors.”
Having had years of operating as a LOSM on a 940-cow dairy in Canterbury and a consultant for New Zealand’s largest privately owned dairy corporate, Leighton made the move in 2016 with his wife Hayley and their two children to Cambridge to join the Perrin Ag team. LOSM and consulting has given Leighton the skills and experience of large scale practical and strategic dairy farming. He is passionate about grass based, low cost systems focussing on maximising shareholder returns and also has a particular interest in profitable farming under environmental limits.
Leighton has a growing client base of progressive and high performing dairy farmers from Canterbury though to Matamata. Leighton has a considerable track record in helping clients achieve profitable and sustainable farm business and is currently leading new research into the sensible incorporation of forestry into pastoral farm systems.
“From a young age I have been passionate about New Zealand’s primary sector and being connected to the land. Consultancy has allowed me to continue this passion by partnering with clients to elevate their businesses, achieve their goals, and navigate through a new farming era.”
John has been in business as a Registered Farm Management Consultant and previously as a registered valuer for over 35 years having gained experience in Land and Survey Department immediately after leaving Lincoln University. That experience has centred mainly around land development, farm supervision, and setting farms up for subdivision and settlement under the ballot system operating at that time.
In the 25+ years since leaving Lands and Survey John has specialised in large-scale farm supervision, management and consultancy for Maori authorities and other absentee owners. Since the mid 1990’s he has been predominantly involved in the design and direct management of dairy conversion projects both in New Zealand and in the USA, most latterly having had oversight for the new sheep dairy development at Waikino Station.
These days John is focussed on his role as Chairman of Perrin Ag Consultants Ltd.
“In becoming involved in agriculture in the mid 1970’s I was driven to help farmers and their managers maximise production and profitability from their land. Today farming is a very much more complex business and being involved in a rapidly growing advisory practice at a governance level and providing an environment where ambitious advisors and their clients achieve their joint goals and aspirations gives me great pleasure.”