New head for Ravensdown

John Henderson
John Henderson
Rangitikei lawyer and farmer John Henderson will take over as chairman of fertiliser company Ravensdown in February.

Bill McLeod has announced he is standing down from the role after taking over from former North Otago farmer, the late Jim Pringle, in 2005.

The board discussed a succession plan for the chairman's position early this year, but given the progress that had been made, it was felt the time was now right for a new person to continue Ravensdown's ''road to recovery'', Mr McLeod said in a statement.

Ravensdown shareholders missed out on a rebate this year for the first time in the company's 35-year history, after a loss-making operation in Australia caused a profit plunge. The company reported a profit before tax of $6 million, down $46 million on its 2012 result.

Mr Henderson said the company had confronted its situation and had taken significant steps this year to ''get back on track''.

The sales of its loss-making operations in Western Australia and South Australia were close to completion and the refocus on its core business was continuing.

The change would provide continuity and moving ahead, as Ravensdown faced the double challenge of helping farmers increase productivity while addressing concerns around the environmental impact of intensive farming, especially dairying, he said.

Mr Henderson has a legal practice in Marton and Hunterville which specialises in farm conveyancing, overseas investment, estate planning, trust work and commercial law, and he also runs a large sheep and beef-farming operation.

Mr McLeod will stand down as a director next year, once all the details of his handover to Mr Henderson are complete.

ODT/directory - Local Businesses

CompanyLocationBusiness Type
Get Away Car Hire LtdMosgielVehicle Rentals
Home Based Care WakatipuQueenstownChildcare & Kindergartens
Omarama Service StationOmaramaService Stations
Wakari Dairy & Postal CentreDunedinDairies