A small town girl, Lucy McManaway grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Hunterville, where her parents also ran an agricultural contracting business. It was not until she went overseas to the UK for a year after finishing high school that she really began to consider a career in agriculture. “I really missed the fresh air the sprawling hills, but most of all the rural people and sense of community.”
Upon returning to New Zealand, Lucy, a self-confessed numbers geek, headed straight to Massey University in Palmerston North where she studied a Bachelor of Business Studies Majoring in Agribusiness and Accounting. After completing her degree Lucy was chosen as an Agri-Graduate for BNZ in New Zealand.
Five years on and she is still with the Bank as an Agribusiness Partner. Lucy looks after a portfolio of farming customers from as far South as Te Horo, Horowhenua, right up to Hunterville, Rangitikei. She has a mix of dairy and sheep and beef customers, and no two days are the same. “The part I love most about my job is seeing customers purchase their first farm, or first herd, or move to something bigger and being able to play an integral part in the process.”
Lucy has further developed her passion for the financial side of farming. “It is so rewarding to sit down with my customers to discuss the financial goals they have for their farming business, and over a period of time see these goals achieved. I feel privileged to be in a position where I can add value to our local farming businesses.”
Lucy, it is fantastic that you have been able to merge your love of the rural life with your love of numbers! Your clients are lucky to have such a passionate and knowledgable person alongside them to help achieve their dreams.