Ryal Bush Transport Ltd since 1951



Shannon McEwan- General Manager/Shareholder

Ryal Bush Transport prides itself on being a family-run business and Shannon McEwan now manages the business from father. Shannon says he would’ve started his working career at the company if he’d been allowed, but after his father’s advice to set out and “learn how to work”, he ended up at another agricultural contractor before returning to RBT in 1999.
In his role as general manager, Shannon works around governance and leadership, whilst overseeing all divisions of the company. Shannon also works extensively in “developing IT systems to add value to us and our clients.”
“I’ve always liked machinery and trucks. No day is ever the same.” Shannon says the job can be challenging at times but also rewarding. “It’s a good way to get out of bed in the morning and make a difference.”
Something Shannon has enjoyed over the years is seeing the business diversify from straight rural trucking to contracting, demolition, and growing the fleet utilisation to include milk cartage.
Outside of work Shannon likes to do a bit of fishing and spending time with his family; he has two daughters with his wife Meredith. Family is also at the forefront of RBT values.
“Staff are family here, not just a number.”


Stevie Lawrie – Operations Manager

Making sure everything’s running smoothly at RBT is operations manager Stevie Lawrie, who has been with the business for 20 years. Stevie starting as a driver has extensive experience in other divisions, allowing him to look after the team and the day-to-day operations.
“Being in the industry so long, you get to know each different sector…there’s a lot more to it now.”
Stevie is enjoying the new challenge and getting to help out the other guys in the team and advise them when necessary. A real people-person, Stevie says being with RBT for two decades has allowed him to work with, and meet, lots of new people, assist in training them up and make new friends.
While his sporting days are over, Stevie likes to get out fishing and white-baiting with his father where they have a stand at the Mataura River.


Dean Moore – Fertiliser and Bulk Dispatcher

When you need fertiliser spread accurately and to a high standard, look no further than Dean Moore. Dean has been with RBT for only a short time but stepped into the role like he had been here for year. He manages a fleet of five late-model, technologically advanced spreaders, and bulk trucks that can handle any job around Southland.
Dean says with the advancements in technology the job has become easier to complete, with the spreaders and self-unloading trailers all fitted with GPS guidance and computerised spreading systems to ensure accuracy.
Dean enjoys working with the team at RBT as well as continuously liaising with clients to figure out the best way to serve their requirements.
When not behind the wheel of a spreader Dean can be found in the outdoors hunting and fishing, and has managed to find himself a good duck shooting spot for the past few years, but we’ll let him keep that secret!


Shaun Ward – Gravel Dispatcher

Having worked at RBT for a decade, Shaun Ward is the man to see to meet all of your gravel needs. Whether it’s foundation for roads, dairy lanes, leveling a site after demolition or even supplying to horse tracks, Shaun can do it all.
Working with contracting manager, Mick, Shaun can send out gravel to clients all over the district, as well as consulting with them over the phone and offering advice on what product best suits their needs.
“Anything that can be trucked and moved – we’ll do it.”
An aspect of the job Shaun enjoys is communicating with clients and working around them to get the job done.
When May rolls around, Shaun is sorted for duck shooting season, having his own pond, but a personal highlight from work is being able to say he’s driven from Bluff all the way up to Auckland.  Traveling regularly for the job, Shaun has found it’s better listening to music rather than arguing with Talkback Radio!


Jock McDougall - Stock Dispatcher

Livestock dispatcher Jock McDougall has worked for RBT on-and-off since he was 15 years old and says his favourite memory from his time there is “probably being offered the opportunity to come in and dispatch livestock. I never thought I’d be doing what I’m doing.”
Jock spent a year in mechanics and a year in engineering before settling into driving trucks where he has started from the bottom and steadily worked his way up to where he is now.

“Every time I came back I got a bit further, and a bit further.”
In his role, Jock deals in livestock dispatch, fielding calls and finds it very rewarding to be the first port of call for larger businesses such as Blue Sky Meats. The fleet has six fulltime stock units that are also used to include the cartage of milk and wine. Upgrades in technology have meant “the job’s got quite a lot simpler”.
Outside of work, Jock likes to head out a do a bit of hunting, and says you need to lead a good social life when you work at RBT.


Mattherw McNaughton - Contracting

Matthew has worked at Ryal Bush since 2012 where he has worked in the contracting team to recently where we was promoted to coordinate the contracting team.

Previously you would have seen Matt in his 14 Tonne Volvo on farm getting stuck in and getting the job done.

Matthew is looking forward in working along side all our valued clients and the new opportunity working with his team knowing they have the expertise to get the job done, and done to the best.
When he's not at work, you will see Matthew with his wife Wendy and daughter Fiona walking along Orepuki beach with their dog or out in the new jetski.


Quintin Winsloe - Project Manager Demolition/Contracting

Quintin Manages the Demolition and Contracting divisions, which includes tendering and Project Management. He enjoys helping provide solutions for his clients and being involved across the construction and agriculture industries and interacting with people from all backgrounds and professions. 

Quintin is a born and raised Southlander who has worked in various rolls in Australia and the Philippines before returning home fulltime in November 2019.

When he is not at work he enjoys going out hunting, motorcross and working on his home block. 


Debbie Drysdale - Office Manager

Keeping the office running smoothly is office manager extraordinaire Debbie Drysdale. Debbie has been with RBT for 21 years and enjoys the interaction with the team on a daily basis.
“It can be fun and it can be serious. Every day is different.”
Debbie likes getting out and about, doing quite a bit of walking, particularly around the Winton Walking Track, and spending time with family.


Nicky Fearn – Administrator/Data Entry

Nicky is the voice you hear when you call Ryal Bush. You can find her answering the phones, doing various data entry work and sorting out all your accounts. 
Nicky enjoys working in the transport industry as every day is different, and she loves the challenges that come her way on a day to day basis. She enjoys talking with the clients and getting to know them. 
When Nicky not behind her computer at work, she enjoys spending time with her family. Getting out in the great outdoors to go camping, fishing, 4wding, mountain biking. She also does a bit of photography on the side. 
Nicky is looking forward to getting to know the clients, and helping them where ever she can. 


Chloe Milne - Junior Dispatcher

Chloe is the youngest of our team of dispatchers. She is responsible for Livestock and Milk when in its in season. Working along side Jock, she is learning all she can. 

"Being in this roll is great, because every day is different, and im always learning something new. I also enjoy working with the animals". 

One of Chloes favourite memories from Ryal Bush so far was going out in the trucks with the drivers and meeting and talking to some of the farmers she deals with on a day to day basis, and putting a face to the voice. She also looks forward to the next annual RBT Rugby Game. 

When Chloe is not at work, she enjoys going to the gym, socialising and playing with her Puppy. 
Chloe also enjoys volunteering at her local Fire Brigade. 
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