meet the western hay team
passionate experts in hay & chaff production
At western hay, we take great pride in being a leading producer of premium hay & chaff products in Western Australia. Our success is driven by the collective efforts of our dedicated and passionate team members who strive to deliver the highest quality products to our valued stockists across the region. Allow us to introduce you to the incredible individuals behind the scenes.
Mel and Richard: Owner Operators
They're not just parents to four amazing kids; they're also the owners and operators driving the show. Richard's the hands-on guy managing the team, tending to the crops, ensuring safety standards are top-notch, and exploring innovative ways to enhance the customer experience and farm technology.
Whilst Mel is the force that keeps the business gears turning seamlessly with everything admin, HR & payroll. When she's not rocking the business world, you'll find Mel hitting the pavement as an avid runner, embracing the world of health and fitness.
Kyle Ackerman: Production Manager
Kyle's been holding it down at Western Hay for a whopping 11 years. He's the guy in charge of all things production, making sure every step runs like clockwork. Fun fact: Kyle's a diehard Dockers supporter and a cool dad to 11-year-old Ellie. When he's not bossing it at work, you'll find him coaching Ellie's footy team and getting into all kinds of local sports action.
John ‘Dougie’ Southall: Bagging operations manager
Dougie's our packaging pro with over 4 ½ years under his belt at Western Hay. He knows the ins and outs of making sure everything's packed up perfectly. When he's not busy doing that, you'll spot him hanging out in his garden, doing his green-thumb thing.
Jesse ‘JJ’ Grime: Transport operations
JJ's been cruising with us for a solid decade, steering our prime mover through all sorts of jobs, from cross-state deliveries to hauling grain and collecting fertilizer. He's got it all covered. Beyond work, JJ's a total adventurer who loves hitting the great outdoors in his trusty 4WD.
James Bennison: Boiler maker and engineer
James has been rocking it here for nearly 10 years. He's the mastermind behind building and tinkering with all the machines we use – from farm gear to trucks to hay. And here's the kicker: James kicks off every December with his epic Christmas playlist.
Jake Dimovitis: Jack of All Trades
In his 3 years with us, Jake's shown he's the ultimate all-rounder. Whether it's ordering parts, driving trucks, or getting his hands dirty on the farm, he's your guy. Off the clock, Jake's all about vintage tractors and anything with wheels and an engine.
Daniel Fletcher: Farm Manager at ‘Guraga Downs’
Daniel became a part of our team in June 2023 to manage our Dandaragan property. Here, he oversees a range of activities including irrigated cropping, dryland cropping, and livestock care. Alongside his young family, Daniel resides on the property, ensuring a hands-on approach to its operations