Our Team Members
John grew up on a dairy farm so was well versed in the challenges of farming from an early age. Long hours, muddy fields and tricky, manually operated equipment were always a constant battle. In the 1980’s he developed his first solution to a pressing farming problem – flood irrigation gates that leaked and an entirely manual operation.
The ‘Padman Stop’ was born. The original Padman Stop product had a precast concrete outlet with a hinged door and rubber flap to seal it and make it completely watertight. More products followed this initial success, and the rest, as they say, is history. Johns passion and dedication has come from always looking to the farmers for inspiration. Talking to them, seeking out their very specific problems and designing effective products to not only solve those problems – but enhance farm efficiency even further.
Shawn is the General Manager at Padman Stops and has been part of the team since 2007. He spends most of his days motivating and leading a team with great gusto and respect. Shawn has climbed the Padman Stops ladder, beginning as a Sales and Logistics Support to Manager, Sales and Operations Manager to his current role as General Manager. In true entrepreneurial spirit, when asked what he would do if he won the lottery tomorrow, Paddy said he would start a Dam Construction business. If he could have any superpower he would empower people, but we think he already has that power.
Grant is the ultimate guru when it comes to farm automation. He truly represents our values as “The Farmers Friend” having been a dairy farmer himself for many years. If Grant wasn’t so damn good at his job, he would be helping the world be more sustainable, helping with projects that actually do something like improve farm environmental sustainability whilst maintaining productivity. Grants passion and enthusiasm for saving farmers time, money and water are evident in everything he does and in every conversation he has with our customers.