LIVE PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
IRVINE’S ZIMBABWE (PVT) LTD
Donovan was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, he finished his high school there and moved to Natal, South Africa. Donovan started his work career as an electrical apprentice, moved to structural steel fabrication before joining a poultry feed mill as a maintenance foreman. Donovan later moved into Broiler Breeding, which covered Rearing, Laying and Hatcheries. He moved through the ranks and was appointed to the position of Production Executive at National Chicks, responsible for the Natal coastal and inland region.
During his tenure as production executive, Donovan was also responsible for the Astral group breeder KPI’s, in Zambia, Swaziland and Mozambique. In August 2018, Donovan was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer, Agriculture, for Astral Operations Central Region. During this time Donovan was responsible for Breeders, Hatcheries and Broiler operations that produced ± 3,5 million broilers for slaughter per week. Donovan has a Strategic Business Qualification through Potchefstroom Business School, North West University. He obtained distinctions in Strategic Management of Change and Strategic Leadership. Donovan is married to Natasha, who is a Poultry Production Planner. Together they have two children, their son is involved in value added poultry production in the Western Cape and their daughter has just qualified as a teacher in Pretoria.