Back to where it all be­gan as a fresh 17yo

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The new plant man­ager at Sil­ver Fern Farms at Taka­pau will be a fa­mil­iar face to many.

Alis­tair Martin, who like wife Kathryn (nee Schaw) hails from a large CHB family, started in his new role just re­cently.

But he is no stranger to the Taka­pau plant, hav­ing first worked there as a 17-year-old fresh out of high school.

He worked in var­i­ous ar­eas within the plant and says dur­ing that ini­tial stint, he quickly de­vel­oped a pas­sion for the in­dus­try. That led him to un­der­tak­ing a ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tion through Massey Univer­sity, where he com­pleted his Di­ploma in Meat Tech­nol­ogy.

He left Taka­pau to ex­plore the wider in­dus­try and build up his ex­pe­ri­ence, work­ing in Tau­maranui, Ti­rau and Whanganui.

He re­turned to Taka­pau with the devel­op­ment of the cen­tralised megabon­ing room op­er­a­tion, which was known as Foodtech.

Alis­tair later moved on to the Rich­mond’s head of­fice in Hast­ings where he held a group pro­duc­tion co­or­di­na­tion role, and then moved into the sales di­vi­sion. He then shifted to a plant man­age­ment role, and even­tu­ally be­came gen­eral man­ager of a bou­tique lamb pro­ces­sor in Napier.

In tak­ing up his new role, Alis­tair said he was ex­cited by the scale and op­por­tu­ni­ties of the Sil­ver Fern Farms Taka­pau site.

He was also look­ing for­ward to build­ing re­la­tion­ships with sup­pli­ers, staff and the com­mu­nity.

“It’s been great to re­con­nect with a lot of fa­mil­iar faces and I am im­pressed with the ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­ity of the lead­er­ship group on-site, as well as the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to the health and well­be­ing of staff,” he said.

Alis­tair Martin, new plant man­ager at Sil­ver Fern Farms.

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