Key Contacts

James Gavin
James Gavin
Managing Director

james@gavins.co.nz
021 863 350

James has lived and breathed GAVINS his whole life. Like his Dad (Ian - our company founder) before him he is always thinking about how to do things smarter and with greater efficiency. James’ love for all things agriculture combined with his business acumen and innovation ensures the team at GAVINS produce a quality service.

Chris Paterson
Chris Paterson
Business Manager

chris@gavins.co.nz
021 451 112

Born and bred on a dairy farm here in the Waikato, Chris started driving tractors with GAVINS in 2005. Within a couple of years GAVINS realised his keen sense of strategic thinking and he has significantly helped develop the way we implement our services to our clients.

Andrew Geddes
Andrew Geddes
Operations Manager - Contracting

andrew@gavins.co.nz
021 773 039

As a Hawkes Bay lad, Andrew longed to live in the Waikato joining GAVINS in 2011 after gaining a Sports and Leisure degree from Waikato Uni. Andrew helps co­ordinate and manage our cultivation, cropping and planting teams all over the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and South Auckland to a high standard. He would love to help you out with your contracting (and even your fitness) enquiries.

Stuart Ellis
Stuart Ellis
Operations Manager - Earthworks

stuart.ellis@gavins.co.nz
027 858 6668

Hailing from the East Coast Stu has been driving trucks and machinery from the time he knew how to say brmm brmm as a young fella graduating to the real thing in '98. For any transport, logistics and earthwork enquiries get in touch with Stu.

Richard McHugh
Richard McHugh
Operations Manager - Transport

richard.mchugh@gavins.co.nz
021 08243 057

Born in Yorkshire England. Richard studied for 3 yrs at Lancashire College of Agriculture (OND Ag). Richard came to NZ and Gavins in Sept 2012 as a truck driver. He then joined the operations team in July 2017 to help with the Earthworks and Trucking business. Richards’s current role is Transport Operations Manager which includes daily tasks, customer enquiries, organising transport to satisfy customer needs, arranging servicing and CoF's of truck and trailers, help with stockfeed distribution, etc.

Lauryn Neal
Lauryn Neal
Operations Coordinator - Contracting

lauryn.neal@gavins.co.nz
020 4141 0899

Originally from Dorset, England Lauren has previous experience working on dairy and arable farms in the UK. After gaining a Diploma in Agriculture in 2017 Lauren moved to NZ where she joined GAVINS to drive tractors and then joined the operations team in Sept 2018. Lauryn is involved mainly in the Contracting operations team but also has some involvement with silage sales and stockfeed. Outside of work her hobbies include running, hiking, biking and beach going.

Sam Osborne
Sam Osborne
Operations Coordinator - Contracting

sam.osborne@gavins.co.nz
027 236 6202

Sam is a born and bred Waikato man, brought up on a farm in Morrinsville. After school Sam spent some time in the UK driving tractors before coming back to NZ and starting with Gavins in 2009. Sam has been in various different roles, including a planter and harvester driver where he was passionate about precision planting and is now based in the office where he is helping with the operations. On occasion Sam is still called out to help out in the harvester. Outside of work, Sam is very family focussed with three children and enjoys time over at Waihi Beach. 

Katrina Taylor
Katrina Taylor
Stockfeed Administrator

katrina.taylor@gavins.co.nz
027 305 4560

Katrina and her husband have recently returned to the district, having worked as a husband and wife team for the last 18 years in neighbouring Waikato communities. Since achieving their goal of owning their own small herd and securing their first 50/50 share milking job, Katrina is very eager to pursue a career out of the farm gate bringing her on-farm experience and passion for the industry to Gavins customers, helping them achieve and maintain their on farm goals with their stockfeed requirements.