Agstaff- Agriculture Specialists

Meet the Team

Jim Henderson
Jim joined the New Zealand Army at the age of eighteen, and had a career that spanned 23 years, and saw him deploy operationally to Bosnia and East Timor. He has also had the opportunity to see the world, having travelled on Army Exercises to South East Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East. Jim has met people from all walks of life and different cultures as part of his role training soldiers from all over New Zealand, from many and varied backgrounds, social upbringings and cultures.

Jim joined Canstaff as a recruitment consultant for a short period and although the work was enjoyable and varied he was offered an opportunity of employment with the Department of Corrections as a Probation Officer. Jim once again had the opportunity to work with people from various backgrounds and cultures and felt that he could make a difference.

Jim has also completed diplomas in Adult Education, Training Development and Business Management.

When combined all of this has made Jim a very good problem solver, who always strives to do his best for whomever he is working for or on behalf of. Jim has the ability to interact with everyone and prides himself on his work ethic and organisational skills.

Blair O'Donnell
Blair grew up in Invercargill and while at high school he relief milked and worked on a local large scale primrose operation. Blair has always believed in giving 100 percent in to everything he starts.

Blair has also worked for an Environmental Horticulture Operation as Production Manager. This position involved lab testing and attention to detail with the management of 17 staff. From this, Blair had the opportunity to own his own landscaping business working with construction companies, landscaping new properties.

After selling this business Blair went Tractor and Bobcat driving in Australia. When Blair returned to New Zealand he worked as a contract tractor driver before deciding to enter the Dairy Industry full time. Starting as a farm worker, Blair worked as a manager on a large scale operation before working up to share milking.

Blair worked for Canstaff as factory manager before moving into recruitment, with his wide range of farming, horticulture and warehousing experience Canstaff believe Blair is the right person to introduce the right employees to Canstaff’s clients.

In his spare time Blair plays cricket and enjoys golf when he gets a chance. When possible he enjoys escaping from everything to go fishing.

Andrew Macdonald
Andrew MacDonald was brought up on a mixed family farm, at Geraldine, and he still takes an active part in farming activities. Andrews area of specialty is related to the seasonal, and agriculture side of the business.

He owns a number of ploughs and a 2 Ton digger which he hire’s out. Andrew enjoys dealing with people, and his ability in analysing diverse character traits while identifying strengths and weaknesses in potential applicants is an asset to Agstaff.

The knowledge that he has gained makes him well qualified in assisting clients with their staffing requirements through the agriculture sector, meaning you will be provided with the best people to get the job done.

Hannah Singh

Originally from Oamaru and the Waimate area, Hannah is based in South Canterbury and joins Agstaff as our newest trainee consultant.

Hannah has a strong background in Agriculture, having experience on dairy farms growing up and currently is studying towards a Diploma of Agriculture at Lincoln University.

In spare time, Hannah enjoys spending time with family, joining her 6 siblings in visiting and watching her brothers play rugby. Hannah also enjoys sailing around the Marlborough Sounds, travelling, cooking and photography.

Hannah brings to Agstaff a love for the land and a genuine respect for the people who farm it. She looks forward to working with the Agstaff team and with our clients for your established and new farming operations.

Louise King

Louise was born in Zimbabwe and grew up on the family farm which ran 1000 head of beef cattle and a hunting operation. After finishing school she spent 5 years in England and 4 years in Cape Town, South Africa working in the hospitality industry.

In 2009 Louise returned to Zimbabwe where she worked in the hunting industry and re-joined her family assisting in their Stockfeed Manufacturing business.

Louise is a self-confessed farm girl at heart and has a passion for the outdoors, martial arts and fitness.

Louise brings to Agstaff her skills and knowledge in assisting farmers to continue their growth and looks forwarding to being a vital part in the local farming community.