Meet the Bio Oils Team
Our Management team consists of husband and wife team, Daryl and Debbie Prebble.
We are supported by a superb team who assist with the smooth day-to-day operation of the business.
Interesting Fact: I won a baby competition when I was 18 months old… I had a lot more hair then too!
HEAD OF PRODUCTION & QUALITY CONTROL
I was born and raised on the Prebble family farm, and from a very early age was out with my father Gavin, driving the tractor. It was therefore natural for me to attend Lincoln University, achieve a Diploma in Agriculture in 1985, and take over management of the family farm.
In 1996 I formed Independent Seeds, a speciality grain and seed trading company and brokerage. I took over the ownership of Bio Oils in 2006, giving me the ideal opportunity to utilise my knowledge of the New Zealand grain and seed industry. Debbie joined Bio Oils in 2009, and together we have grown Bio Oils into a specialised cold-pressing business, with a focus on New Zealand grown, fully traceable, cold-pressed flax seed oil and flax seed meal.
Debbie and I married in 2014, and together we enjoy spending time at home and travelling overseas to visit my son Miles in Hong Kong, and Debbie’s family in England. When not in the Bio Oils production room or visiting my farmers, I can be found at Lake Benmore fishing! My favourite fishing spots are Ohau C (Lake Benmore) and Lake Brunner, and my favourite catches are Rainbow and Brown Trout.
Interesting Fact: I like to ride sports motorbikes, and until very recently had a Honda CBR600RR, which I loved. I’m a grandma now, so my spare time is spent having fun with them.
HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS
I first arrived in NZ in January 2007, on holiday from England with my daughter Jenna. Two weeks before we were due to leave NZ, I was offered a two-year job contract, and so we decided to stay in this amazing country.
In 2008 I met Daryl, and the rest is history! I joined Daryl at Bio Oils in September 2009, to assist with sales and marketing activities. I had enjoyed several sales roles in England, including new business, account development and team management, and these skills have enabled me to develop and grow amazing relationships with our Bio Oils customers. My goal is to grow our markets, both domestic and overseas, and to deliver the finest quality, fully traceable NZ products to our customers.
I have two children, Nick and Jenna, who both worked alongside Daryl and I at Bio Oils, and who now own and operate Fourflax Ltd, the Animal Health arm of the business!
Apart from working on our businesses, I love to read, cook and more recently have started to knit! I also love to visit the lakes and spend lots of time with our grandchildren.
Interesting Fact: In my spare time I also do casual work for an undertaker.
Always a farmer at heart, agronomist Craig Wakelin grew up on a mixed sheep/cropping farm in Winchmore, Ashburton. Following his graduation from Lincoln University Craig went back to work on the family farm.
Later, Craig and his wife Joanne purchased their own intensive cropping farm in the Pendarves district. Now Craig has two adult children and is very grateful in these strange times for all the travel opportunities he has had, including living and working in the USA while supporting his daughter. Other favourite travel spots include Norway (and other parts of Europe), England and Bali.
When not at Bio Oils, Craig enjoys trading the share market, family time and he gives a lot of time to his volunteer fire fighting position. He started his fire career with Pendarves Rural Fire Unit where he spent time as Chief before moving on to Sumner and then Ashburton Fire Brigades. He now holds the rank of Senior Firefighter and enjoys the challenges that being a volunteer brings, along with being extremely grateful for the amazing friends he has made.
Craig loves getting out onto the farms that supply Bio Oils and supporting the farmers that grow for the
Interesting Fact: I have a love of shoes – I collect them.
Reportedly, the average man owns 12 pairs of shoes, while most women own 27 pairs of shoes.
How many do you own/collect?
ADMINISTRATION & ACCOUNTS
I was born in Ashburton and grew up on a lifestyle block close to town, I have great childhood memories experiencing rural life while still being close enough to town to bike to school. After finishing my schooling at Ashburton College and a couple of years in an administration position, I was looking for a change and applied to attend Sir George Seymour Travel and Tourism in Christchurch. I competed my Advanced Diploma in Travel and was lucky to secure a position at Christchurch International Airport working amongst the hustle and bustle of excited travelers checking them in to various destinations around the world.
In 2004 I married my husband Billy, a joiner at a local firm in Ashburton. We have 3 children who keep us busy with their various dancing and sporting interests. I am currently the treasurer of the Ashburton Highland Dancing Committee and kept busy with Highland Dancing events during the year.
The Agricultural industry is very new to me and the more I learn within my role at Bio-Oils NZ the more I am interested and excited to enhance my knowledge.
As a family we look forward to our annual New Years holiday at our favorite spot, ‘Lake Tekapo’ where we meet up with friends and enjoying boating, biking and having a lot of laughs.
Interesting Fact: I’m an avid reader and usually read before I go to sleep to calm my brain. This means on average I finish 200 books a year.
COMPLIANCE ADMINISTRATION & MARKETING
I was born and bred in Ashburton, before moving to Dunedin to study Psychology and Computer Science while living the scarfie dream. In my last year at University, I had the opportunity to work in my chosen field, and found it wasn’t to my liking, so moved back to Ashburton to be closer to family and my Fiancé Chris (who I’d been seeing long distance at the time).
Ten years, an engagement, house, two gorgeous children, and a hobby company later, saw me accepting a wonderfully diverse position within Bio Oils looking after the Compliance Administration and Marketing for 3 of the entities under the Bio Oils umbrella.
After coming to Bio Oils from working in and admin & marketing role within the Dairy Industry, I am enjoying learning the soil to oil process that Bio Oils operates, and getting involved with all aspects of production and administration.
Away from work you can find me spending time with my wonderful little family at home, around the district at activities and camping, turning dreams into designs with my laser design studio, enjoying good food and wine with family and friends and then burning the food and wine off at our local F45, and disappearing into a good book or Netflix series to wind down.
Interesting Fact: Recently I have enjoyed discovering Yoga
PRODUCTION & WAREHOUSE ASSISTANT
I have been part of the Bio Oils team for 5 years now having first started working for Four Flax and now assist in the day to day running of production. Since working for Bio Oils I have undertaken various roles and responsibilities including fulfilling most of our oil and flake orders.
I enjoy my varied work with Bio Oils, no two days are the same and I am proud to be part of a great team. In my time here I have enjoyed learning about the entire soil to oil process, from seeing linseed growing in the field to seed dressing, delivery and intake of seed, to finally pressing it into oil and filling for our customers. I believe in the sustainability of the way we produce our oil and the fact that nothing goes to waste!
When I’m not busy at work you’ll find me teaching guitar and drums part time to my many talented students, drumming for a local Christchurch band and spending time with my friends. In the winter months I also enjoy snowboarding, travelling and spending time with my family.