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.

 

Ryan Donnelly – Sowing/ Bulk HPMV Coordinator

Having worked in the farming industry for 10 years and transport construction for 30 years Ryan has good knowledge of the network, and also the needs and requirements of our customers.

Ryan works with Sowers and the General Bulk division alongside Shaun to coordinate trucks to meet the demands required daily.

‘Do the job right, once and do it safely”

Ryan enjoys hunting, fishing and family time. You will see him around the roads on his Motorbike any fine day he gets the chance. He also loves coaching teenage rugby teams over the winter months.

Ryan is very strong one-eyed Star Rugby Club Supporter.


 

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, Nick, 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.

 

Nick Webb - Contracting

If you’re in need of a digger, tractor work, grading, muck spreading, lane maintenance or in general any type of contracting farm work Nick Webb is the man to contact.

Nick has been with Ryal Bush Transport Ltd for over a year now coordinating our specialized team of contracting operators.

Nick has previously spent the last 15 years FIFO working in construction in Australia. He has grown up rurally his whole life and now lives locally in the Ryal Bush community.  What he enjoys most in his role is working with a great team, the variety of work involved, problem solving , and working for a proudly owned family business.

In his spare time Nick enjoys getting outdoors, hunting, and whitebaiting.


 

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.

 

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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