Former Royal New Zealand Navy Captain Shaun Fogarty is taking on a new horticulture role in Alexandra. He resigned from the military, a year early to take up the role of chief executive officer at Seasonal Solutions Co-operative (SSC), which provides seasonal and permanent workers in the horticulture and viticulture industries.
Fogarty: "I love the idea of a co-operative and the collective will of a group of growers that are really delivering to the prosperity of New Zealand. It's not about making a large profit, it's about making sure our shareholders have the right people with the right skills."
Fogarty was well qualified to helm the co-operative, with his academic qualifications including a Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Massey University and a Master of Management from the University of Canberra.
He also had a wealth of experience in the Pacific, deployed to Timor Leste to monitor the 1999 independence referendum, and returning there as an operational planner during the 2006 crisis. He said he was attracted by the RSE scheme, under which SSC employs 1140 workers across 12 months.