Ben lives and runs his farming business in Woodville with his wife Nicky and four children. He has a degree in Applied Science, Natural Resource Management from Massey University.
Ben was president of New Zealand Young Farmers for three years, has twice reached the grand final of the National Bank Young Farmer Contest and, together with Nicky, won the New Zealand Sharemilker of the Year title in 2008. He is currently the DairyNZ representative on the Primary ITO partnership
group and is Chair of the Dairy Industry Awards Trust. Ben is also a 2015 Nuffield Scholar.