Meet our Management Team

  • Jules Benton

    Jules Benton

    Chief Executive Officer

    Jules Benton

    Jules Benton

    Chief Executive Officer

    Jules is a passionate human being, she loves living life, couldn’t live without music and is obsessively grateful to live in New Zealand. She does anything that involves keeping fit and healthy and enjoys hanging out with her favourite people.

    At Dairy Women’s Network she is committed to providing all the opportunities possible for the team and members to fulfil their career aspirations, no matter where they are on their journey.  She knows people are at the heart of who the Dairy Women’s Network is, conscious the network is about connection and being a place for all.

    Hugely passionate about the Dairy Women’s Network and helping people being the very best they can be in their journey and fulfilling their dreams, Jules’s favourite quote is from Maya Angelou (1928-2014)  who said,  ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made then  feel.’

  • Zellara Holden

    Zellara Holden

    Partner Relationships and Marketing Manager

    Zellara Holden

    Zellara Holden

    Partner Relationships and Marketing Manager

    Zellara collaborates with our key partnerships throughout the business to ensure that the Dairy Women’s Network is delivering what our memberships needs and wants. Living on the outskirts of Hamilton on a small lifestyle block with her husband Lawrence, 18 year old daughter Tyra, son Thomas who is nine and five year old daughter Brooke, they left South Africa eight years ago to settle in New Zealand.

    Enjoying quality time with family and friends is important while she says the family also find time to enjoy exploring New Zealand, with walks and activities that includes camping which she says is great fun. Zellara also enjoys reading and painting.

    She enjoys being part of a passionate team that is inclusive, saying it allows her to demonstrate and use her creative and relationship skills. Her favourite quote is from writer and blogger Lola Stark, ‘keep your head, heels and standards high.’

  • Dianne Cameron

    Dianne Cameron

    Operations Manager

    Dianne Cameron

    Dianne Cameron

    Operations Manager

    Being part of a team and industry that wants to better themselves is what Di enjoys about working with the Dairy Women’s Network.  Living in Hamilton with her husband Alastair and their four year-old son Finn she grew up on a dairy farm in the Waikato, but says she is a townie now.

    While engaging with all the operational team members, she is focused on improving operational excellence.  “I’m a cross the t’s and dot the i’s kind of operator,” she says. “I like to encourage and include the team’s ideas when it come to new ideas.” Working at the Dairy Women’s Network allows Di to demonstrate her strengths of planning, organising and processes.

    She enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves the great outdoors – bushwalks and hiking and has got back into running, getting out on the trails with a few half marathons on the radar. Suggesting what just might be a movie she enjoys, her favourite quote is ‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat.’

  • Sarah van Munster

    Sarah van Munster

    Marketing Executive

    Sarah Van Munster

    Sarah van Munster

    Marketing Executive

    No day is the same for Sarah at the Dairy Women’s Network as she enjoys the variety of her role as Marketing Executive. Growing up in Taupo she moved to Hamilton in 2009 when she started University graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Marketing and Tourism.

    Married to husband Daniel they have a cat called Binks and away from work she enjoys time with family, skiing, fishing, cycling and coaching trampoline. “I interact with a bit of everyone and do a little bit of everything,” she says. “If you ask me to do something, it’s very unlikely that I will say no.”

    Always allowing room for improvement, each time she does something she always looks for a way to do it better. She says there is always a sense of belonging and acknowledgement of how you contribute to being part of the Dairy Women’s Network team.

    Two of Sarah’s favourite quotes are ‘Bugger the work, let’s go fishing,’ and ‘you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a ski pass.’

  • Jo Howes

    Jo Howes

    Office Co-ordinator

    Jo Howes

    Jo Howes

    Office Co-ordinator

    Originally from Herefordshire in the UK where she studied at Harper Adams Agricultural College,  Jo moved to New Zealand over 12 years ago and now lives in Pirongia with her Husband Mark and two kids, nine year Emilia and Ryan who is six.  They have a lifestyle block with horses, calves, sheep, chooks and a couple of goats.

    Jo spends lots of time with her kids and their ponies and is also President of MT Pirongia Pony Club, where she loves seeing all the kids having fun and progressing with their ponies. She is the process of a major exciting refurbishment of their home.

    As the Office Co-ordinator she wears a few different hats, event administration and ordering anything from uniforms to event materials.  She interacts with the team in the office and Regional Managers and the Regional Leaders, making sure they have all the information and resources they need to run successful events.

    After previously working for LIC in various roles including Product Manager and Product Specialist for the Farm Software division, Jo is the newest member of the team. She loves the flexibility which allows her to focus on her family when needed but still gets the job done. She says she is always open to feedback to how things can improve, which helps explain her favourite quote ‘If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.’

  • Megan Edmeades

    Megan Edmeades

    Director of Regions

    Megan Edmeades

    Megan Edmeades

    Director of Regions

    Megan works with our volunteer Regional and Hub Leaders providing support and mentoring as they progress their leadership journey and deliver events. When she can she loves to travel and explore Asia and the Pacific and during the summer months enjoys a daily dunking in a freshwater pool or at the beach.

    In her role Megan enjoys being able to use courageous leadership to build courageous leaders. “I get a lot of reward from contributing to the development of leadership, strength and connection in the dairy industry,” she says.

    The weekend is time for catching up with friends over a coffee or a glass of wine, taking her dog Frankie for a walk and going for a ride on one of the many cycle trails around the Waikato. Megan loves the outdoors, is very environmentally focused and loves all animals

    Gaining inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi Megan’s favourite quote is ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’

  • Shelli Mears

    Shelli Mears

    Regional Manager

    Shelli Mears

    Shelli Mears

    Regional Manager

    Married to Steve with three adult children, Robert, Matthew and Katie, Shelli lives on a mini dairy farm in Palmerston, Otago where the couple are milking 50 cows, rearing calves and hoping to eventually sell bottled milk.

    Along with Megan, Shelli supports and encourages volunteer Regional Leaders, saying she really enjoys getting to know the Regional Leaders and making connections with them as she gets to know more about them and their journey.

    “Making connections is my thing,” she says. “And through my work at Dairy Women’s Network I have been able to connect with fascinating people throughout New Zealand. I enjoy working with people who have a passion for our industry.”

    Shelli’s family show pedigree Friesians and Jerseys and really enjoy the social aspect it includes. Their new home has a massive garden which she says has been neglected, but luckily Shelli enjoys gardening along with reading historical fiction but says her reading now is mostly listening to audiobooks while she works around the farm or while driving.

    A favourite quote of Shelli’s she says can be attributed to Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield in a 1746 letter to his son; ‘If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.’