Back to where it all began as a fresh 17yo
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.