Despite being the only winegrower in the Rabobank Master Class this year, New Zealander Duncan McFarlane says there’s been plenty to learn from the other sectors.
Duncan McFarlane, Chief Executive Indevin/Villa Maria, says Thornhill is recognised as an industry leader in labour supply, with a focus on development and training. “We know those that have worked with them have always been impressed by the quality of service, commitment and investment they make in their people.”
Having highly skilled staff in specific areas that are important to the business is “crucial” in building ongoing growth opportunities and value for New Zealand wine, says Duncan. “It made sense, as one of New Zealand’s largest wine businesses, to invest in a business that is focussed on empowering people for the overall benefit of our industry.”
Richard Bibby, who purchased the business in 2009, will move into a board role with Thornhill, with day to-day operations remaining in the hands of Nick Bibby, and Drew Bibby continuing to lead the New Zealand programmes with the Ministry of Social Development and Department of Corrections. Richard says Indevin Group and Thornhill are a great fit. “With Indevin and Villa Maria’s scale, our people will have exposure to more opportunities to move from seasonal roles to permanent positions within the business. This collaboration is a really good thing for the New Zealand wine industry as a whole.”