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.

 

Mick Shand - Contracting Manager

Seeing the finished product and knowing the team has done a good job is what it’s all about for contract manager Mick Shand. In his role, Mick spends a lot of time dealing with clients, particularly farmers, to find out what is required for the job and sending diggers out all over Southland.
 
The contracting division deals in a variety of specialised skills including farm drainage, dairy lanes, demolition, forestry, roading and land clearing.
 
“We like to make things better than what they were.”
 
Mick has been with RBT for around 20 years and says a highlight from years ago was completing 13 dairy conversions in one year – “it was pretty cool to see them done.”
 
Sandy Point is a regular spot where Mick gets to tear up the water on his jet ski, and back on dry land he enjoys doing up subdivisions.
 
“There’s usually something to do.”

 

Russell Clouston - Project Manager

Russell Clouston is our Project Manager for the Demolition work undertaken by Ryal Bush and has 25 years of managing a range of high risk works in environments with a strong focus on safety. Russell has an experienced crew of operators available, many having over twenty years of operating experience.

When Russell isn't working he spends time with his wife and running around after his kids with their various sports.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Tracey Young – HR and HSE Coordinator

Tracey puts her passion for safety to good use in her role as the HR and HSE coordinator. Tracey’s main aim is ensuring everyone gets home safe every day, and making sure RBT has policies and procedures in place to support each of the drivers and operators in their jobs.
 
“You have a greater respect for the skills required working on demo sites with trucks and diggers it pretty remarkable.”
 
“There’s more time spent training, a lot of hands-on training with rollover preventions, inductions… It all comes down to competency.” Tracey says the workers for RBT were great. “The guys here are pretty good, you can have a lot of fun here.”
 
When not keeping the team safe Tracey spends a lot of time with her 11-year-old son Timata, and partner James, camping and fishing.

 

Carol Henderson – Administration/Data Entry

Admin and the voice you hear when you call Ryal Bush Carol Henderson has been with the team for some time now and has found the time has flown by quickly. Carol says she likes being that good point of contact for clients and getting to build a relationship with them.
 
“I quite enjoy talking with the customers and getting a rapport with them.”
 
When she’s not in the office, Carol can be found on her mountain bike or playing on the hockey turf in the Masters and Golden Oldies tournaments.

 
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