Regan Judd, Orchard Foreman at T&G Global

Two of T&G Global’s talented young growers have been awarded regional titles at the 2021 Young Grower of the Year competition.

Heather Feetham, Production Manager at T&G Fresh, and Regan Judd, Orchard Foreman at T&G Global, were respectively awarded Pukekohe Young Grower of the Year and Hawke’s Bay Young Fruit Grower of the Year.

T&G Global Chief Executive, Gareth Edgecombe, says the winning results reflect their commitment, hard work and perseverance.

“We’re incredibly proud of Heather and Regan for their determination and drive to lead Aotearoa’s horticulture industry forward. They are the future leaders of our industry and we’re honoured to have them in our team,” says Gareth.

“At T&G we believe that success is all about our people, so to see Heather and Regan flourishing at these competitions across the country brings great pride to everyone within our business.”

Gareth Edgecombe says in early 2019, T&G Global introduced a well-researched performance framework to create

Heather Feetham, Production Manager at T&G Fresh

a high-performance environment which enables people and teams to perform at their best.

“We’re focused on creating a workplace where our people can grow and reach the greatest of their potential. That’s why we’ve invested in initiatives to develop our people throughout our company. This has included our Emerging Leaders Programme, which both Heather and Regan have completed.

“This programme is developing our frontline and future leaders, growing their confidence and leadership capabilities. As shown by Heather and Regan, the programme has created incredible value for our people and T&G.”

Throughout the Young Grower of the Year competition, contestants were assessed on numerous modules and had to deliver a speech on a range of topics covering the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

“The horticulture industry holds great talent, and to see T&G’s young leaders pave the way forward throughout the competition makes our whole team very proud. They’re absolutely a credit to T&G,” says Gareth.

Heather Feetham and Regan Judd will compete in the national Young Grower of the Year competition in Wellington on 22-23 September with five other regional finalists.