Pamela brings to the role of Dairy Women’s Network Trustee a solid background in executive and governance experience across a variety of industries, from health care to environmental to primary sector organisations, as well as a vested interest in the dairy industry. Originally from the United States, Pamela has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University. A blind date with a Kiwi dairy farmer saw her immigrate to New Zealand in 1996 and enter the dairy industry, though in more of a support role, as she continued to work in her chosen field.
Pamela spent many years working in energy, renewable generation, energy efficiency and environmental organisations. As she advanced through management roles, she saw the need to augment her understanding of technology with sound basis in business strategy and governance. To this end she pursued an MBA extramurally through Henley Business School at the University of Reading in the UK. She describes herself as a “life-long learner” and sees real alignment with Dairy Women’s Network’s focus on offering continuing development opportunities to its members through its learning modules, regional events, and annual conference.
Over the years, Pamela has gained significant governance experience across a variety of organisations from local to international, holding several key roles from Executive to Director to Board Chair in many organisations, including the Access HomeHealth, Go Eco, the Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership and most recently Primary ITO. Pamela has led many organisations through significant change, growth and transformation with substantial results.
As a member of the Dairy Environmental Leaders Forum and Chair of the Rabobank Upper North Island Client Council, Pamela has supported a variety of initiatives that promote opportunities in the primary sector, such as the Rabobank Agri-Leadership Program. Her contributions were recognised when she was named a finalist in the 2017 New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.
Pamela and her husband, Ian Storey, own and operate a 480 cow dairy farm in Te Hoe in the North Waikato, with Pamela playing a significant role in the strategic management of their operation, alongside her various governance roles. They have a particular focus on breeding high BW animals and developing an adaptive approach to farming systems.
Pamela says “I am proud to be a dairy farmer. Every day we produce a healthy food product, we create jobs and support our communities, we are caretakers of the land we occupy and the animals we look after. I take great pride in the work we do and believe in our industry.”