Regional Leaders

Our Regional Leaders are energetic go-getters who have put up their hands to help other people in their farming business and personal endeavours – whatever they may be. Get in touch with your region’s Leader today.
We are always keen to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming more involved in their Regional Group and becoming a volunteer Regional Leader
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Hi, I’m Aimee. I am a Police Constable currently working part time as a Rural Support Officer in the Matamata-Piako area. I love my job, however, firstly I am a mum and a farmers wife. My husband and I 50/50 sharemilk 2 farms and love raising our 4 kids in the outdoor farming environment. I am passionate about helping rural women succeed and be the best they can be.

Aimee Searle

East Waikato

Hi I'm Aimee. I've always had a love for farming, which has led me into sharemilking with my partner and three children just out of Te Awamutu. I became a regional leader to learn new skills, to experience new opportunities, and to meet some aspiring women within the industry.

Aimee Wilson


Hi I'm Alexa and along with my husband Brad, and our two children, we contract milk near Mossburn. Previously I worked in events but now help on the farm and I am interested in business side, how people work efficiently together and the best way to create an environment that promotes the best in people! Personally I am a sports fan and love to play sports and get out hiking or on the water.

Alexa Smith

Northern Southland

Allie King

Mid-South Canterbury

Hi, I’m Anika and I farm with my husband in Reporoa, Contract Milking 420 cows and enjoy raising my two children on the farm. My background includes Business Banking Management, Office Management, Event Planning and Dairy Farming. I am completing a Diploma in Agribusiness Management and want to build on my connections through the Regional Leader role.

Anika Sandford

Central Plateau

Hi, I'm Ann Henderson. I was born in bred in Scotland on a beef and sheep farm. Nine years ago I came to New Zealand for a working holiday, and never left. My husband Scott and I are lower order share milking in Milton, and going 50/50 next season on the same farm. We recently won the Southland Otago Share Farmer of the Year. We have 3dogs. I love cooking, doing crafts, and I also enjoy going to the gym.

Ann Henderson


Ashleigh Fenwick

North Otago

Hey I’m Bex. I farm outside the beautiful Cheviot with my husband Blair and our three children, Caleb, Zoe and Thomas. I do all the calf rearing, help manage the young stock until they come into the herd and run our business behind the scenes. I also used to own a small photography business! I love doing things with my family outdoors and and exploring our amazing country.

Bex Green

Selwyn-North Canterbury

Hi I'm Carley. I always look forward to calf rearing in the winter and enjoy the constant learning that our business brings to us! My role as regional leader allows me to transfer a range of skills from my previous personal training, dairy farming and teaching back grounds.

Carley Flett

Central Plateau

Hi, I'm Chelsea. I enjoy learning and love to share the passion of dairying with others - I really want to bring more like-minded women on board!

Chelsea Smith

Selwyn-North Canterbury

Hi there! My name is Clare Coppard, I am the youngest daughter of a sheep and beef farmer from Pahiatua in the Tararua region. I have a Bachelor of Nursing and am fortunate to be a stay at home Mum, putting all my energy into the kids. While I don’t do any practical farm work, I am very present in the business; am a sounding board, planner, health and safety policy maker and make sure things are being done from afar.

Clare Coppard

East Waikato

Hey! I’m Daisy Higgs. I am currently sole manager of a 180-cow farm near Rotoorangi. I’ve always had a love for animals and the outdoors making farming the perfect lifestyle for me. I’m looking forward to helping other woman who share a passion for dairy farming with confidence building and networking with other like-minded women.

Daisy Higgs


Hi, I'm Donna and my husband Steve and I 50/50 sharemilk in Ruawai. I really enjoy connecting dairy women and helping them to feel less isolated, and bringing them information in the form of courses, workshops and speakers, to help them grow personally and within their role in the industry. I'm passionate about DWN because of the amazing organisation it is!

Donna Griggs


Hazel Baquita

Northern Southland

Hi, I'm Ilyse and live with my husband and two children in Ngatea. I am a local vet and I enjoy working closely with farmers to help them to achieve their goals. My strengths are organisation, determination and listening, and as a Regional Leader I hope to contribute to the local community and to help to maintain the strong dairy womens' connections!

Ilyse Jennens

Hauraki Plains

Hi, I'm Janelle and I'm a Rural Professional in the Manawatu. I have worked in the dry stock and dairy industry and I'm currently working as a pastoral systems agronomist in the Lower North Island. Life is extremely busy; I travel a lot for work, study part-time, am raising two children and enjoy running, cycling and swimming!

Janelle Gillum