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Meet the Team

Our People

Meet Robin Oakley, Founder:

Robin is the founder of Oakley’s, head agronomist, father and husband. A fifth generation farmer, Robin grew up on his family farm and has been working the land since he was a young boy. He started the business in the 1990's with his wife Shirleen and loves seeing his dream become a reality. In his free time, Robin loves cycling with his father, jet skiing in Lyttelton Harbour and spending quality time with his friends and family. Robin is proud of the business he has built, the industry partnerships he has formed and is excited for the future of the company.

Meet Bernie, Sales and Operations Manager:

Bernie is an Oakley’s SUPERSTAR! He’s been a diligent and integral member of the team for 12 years now. He’s a busy man, looking after our production, harvesting, packhouse, logistics, sales and management of external relations with everyone from customers, to markets. Bernie loves how he can integrate all parts of the role and achieve stellar results for Oakleys. His favourite veggie is the classic Golden Gourmet potato, and he’s also a huge fan of broccoli. Bernie has a lovely wife and two sons & a daughter, he loves spending quality time with them.

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Meet Judith, Accounts Administrator.

Judith has three lovely children, two girls and one boy and loves reading and cooking in her free time. She has been working with Oakley’s for six years! There is lots of variety in Judith's role, no two days are the same! This keeps her on her toes and excited about her job. Judith's favourite way to eat her 5+ADay is by making roasties, yum!

Meet Lachlan, Production Apprentice:

Lachlan joined the Oakley's family almost three years ago. Lachlan has been a farm boy from the beginning with his two older sisters, a beautiful dog called Monty and a cat named Lucy. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his family and fishing. Lachlan works closely with our Founder Robin Oakley and enjoys the hands-on experience he gets on the job. His goal is to one day run his own farm.

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Meet Julie, Administration Assistant:

Julie has been a member of the Oakley’s team for five years and brings a diverse range of skills from a background in microbiology. In fact, she used to be a microbiology technician, how cool is that? Julie has two daughters, one of whom is an up and coming artist. Julie loves veggies and lives close to our farm here in Southbridge. The variety in her role keeps Julie on her toes. Julie’s favourite way to get her 5+ADay is by eating asparagus… yummy! Julie loves to paint in her spare time and volunteer at the Leeston Art Gallery where she can showcase her work. She’s also working on renovating her house, what a busy bee!

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