Our Purpose

We change lives in Africa by producing affordable protein and growing businesses.

 

Our Strategy For Success

We will invest in our people, modern facilities and global best practices to produce the highest quality products that our customers can trust.

Our Values
  • Trustworthy – We take pride in our reputation and always act to reflect the trust placed in us
  • Honest – We are always honest and we guard our integrity at all times
  • Respectful – We treat each other with dignity and respect, and treat others as we wish to be treated
  • Accountable – We do as we say and are accountable for our actions
  • Team Players – We work together to succeed together

Our Vision

We will be the leading and most trusted chicken company in Sub-Saharan Africa

TEAM BEHAVIOURS

HOW WE ACT

  • Quality

    We pay attention to quality in everything we do or produce and we align ourselves with the best in the industry.

  • Relationships

    We take pride in nurturing our relationships with employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers and members of the community.

  • Knowledge & Skills

    We share knowledge and develop skills to grow each member of our team as well as our customers and suppliers.

  • Doing the Right Thing

    We strive to do the right thing 100% of the time.

  • Leadership

    We identify potential in our people and continually develop leaders.

  • Say it in the Room

    We express our opinion and listen to those of others and always “say it in the room”.

  • Sense of Urgency

    We deal with a task or problem immediately and complete it in a timely manner.

  • Innovation

    We always test new ways, learn from others, share with others and continue to improve.

Board of Directors

David John Irvine

David John Irvine

CEO
IRVINE’S ZIMBABWE (PVT) LTD

David studied his BSc (Agric) at the University of Natal between 1965 and 1968. In 1969, David worked as a trainee at the Cobb Breeding Co, Chelmsford UK before moving back to Irvine’s Day Old Chicks to work alongside his father and founder, Mr William Irvine. David took over from his father as Managing Director in 1990 before assuming his role as Chief Executive Officer for Irvine’s Zimbabwe in 2009.

David has over 40 years vast experience in all aspects of poultry production and he has transformed Irvine’s into the largest poultry producer in Zimbabwe.

David is a Director for Irvine’s Botswana (Pvt) Ltd, Irvine’s Mozambique and Irvine’s Africa (Pvt) Ltd where he is involved in the production of day old chicks and hatching eggs sold the region.

David is Chairman of Irvine’s Day Old Chicks which owns subsidiaries such as Lanark Farms, a farming company engaged in production of cattle, maize and vegetables. David has travelled extensively to the USA, Europe and South Africa on business to update on developments in the poultry industry and to sell the company’s products.

Kevin David Parsons

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
IRVINE’S ZIMBABWE (PVT) LTD

Kevin is from a farming background, raised in Bulawayo and worked on family owned commercial farms in both Matabeleland and Mashonaland Provinces, Zimbabwe, where farming enterprises included mixed farming activities; commercial pig operation incorporating nucleus breeding herd, beef and game operation, arable maize and soya.

On leaving school Kevin studied for a BSc Agricultural Economics degree from the University of Natal where he graduated in 1988 to join the then Peter Thomas & Associates group as an Agricultural Economist.

In 1992 Kevin furthered his studies at Aberdeen University, Scotland and in 1992 qualified with an MSc Pig Production which was later followed by a distinction in Management Accounting and Finance from Varsity College, South Africa.

Kevin Parsons’ experience includes over 30 years of involvement in mainly intensive livestock operations, throughout Southern Africa. He was a Director of Colcom Foods Limited and CEO Triple C Pigs, Director Frey’s Food Brands (South Africa) and CEO Frey’s Agriculture and Director of Carswell Meats before being instrumental in the merger between Carswell and Montana Meats, which then became MC Meats.

Kevin joined Irvine’s Zimbabwe in November 2017 to oversee the Breeder, Hatchery, Broilers, Layers, Feed mill, Processing Plant, Quality Assurance and Veterinary Divisions of Irvine’s Zimbabwe.

Zita Matonda

FINANCE DIRECTOR
IRVINE’S ZIMBABWE (PVT) LTD

Zita Matonda is a qualified Chartered Accountant and the holder of a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting (Honours) degree from the National University of Science and Technology. She served her articles with Deloitte between 1998 and 2003 where she gained experience in auditing and audit management.

She has 13 years of financial experience over a wide range of industries including manufacturing, mining and milling. Zita is married to Toendepi and they have two children.

Craig Irvine

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
IRVINE’S ZIMBABWE (PVT) LTD

Craig, son of David Irvine, graduated from the University of Natal with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and specialized in Poultry Science (Honors). He spent three years working for Cobb in Europe and then with Tyson in the USA, before joining Irvine’s.

Since joining Irvine’s he has been responsible for growing the Africa export market. Craig brings with him vast technical experience in the poultry industry and leads the Irvine’s Zimbabwe technical team.

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Lovemore Manatsa

SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR
IRVINE’S ZIMBABWE (PVT) LTD

Lovemore T. Manatsa (LT) joined BAT Zimbabwe as the Advertising Manager in 1995, following a 15-year long career in the airline industry. Since joining BATZim, he occupied various senior roles: Trade Marketing & Distribution Director, BAT Zimbabwe (2000/2003); Marketing Manager and subsequently Country Manager (2004/2007) at BAT Malawi and based in Blantyre. In mid – 2007 he was appointed Country Manager for BAT Zambia & Malawi and was based in Lusaka. LT was appointed Managing Director for BAT Zimbabwe in September 2008.

During the period 2005 and 2016, He sat on the Boards of BAT Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He took early retirement from BATZim in January 2016 but remained on the Board as a Non-Executive Director. In May 2016, he was appointed the Chairman of the BATZim Board.

In October 2016, LT joined Irvine’s Zimbabwe as the Executive Director responsible for the Sales and Marketing Function.

LT sits on the Board of Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe as the Non-Executive Chairman. He also sits on the Boards of the British Business Association of Zimbabwe, Hakuna Matata Properties (Pvt) Ltd, Litmas Enterprises Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd and Tour Africa Travel.

LT holds an International Press Institute Diploma in Journalism, a B COM (with specialisation in Marketing) from the University of South Africa and an MSc in Leadership & Change Management from the Leeds-Metropolitan University (UK).