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'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

Hi, I'm Amanda and I farm with my husband Mike and two children, Kate and Sam, at Omakau. Before having children I was an Occupational Therapist, and in my spare time I enjoy walking and biking.

Amanda Williams

Central Otago

Hi, I'm Angela and I came on board earlier this year as a Regional Leader. I farm with my husband and young family just out of Otorohanga. I previously worked as a rural professional, but I'm now the main calf rearer on farm!

Angela Quinn

King Country

Hi I'm Angella, and I have been a Regional Leader for 3 years! I'm involved in the dairy industry through my husband who works on a farm in the Horowhenua, and through DWN. I became a Regional Leader to gain more confidence in public speaking, planning/running events and myself as well as to meet people in the region.

Angella Sinclair


Hi I'm Anna and I farm in Southland with my family. I help with the calf rearing over spring time and relief milking through out the season. My real passion is making amazing cakes and edible sweets. I have been a Regional Leader in the area for a number of years and I love supporting my community!

Anna Dakila

Southern Southland

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 Carolynn, and I have been farming all my life! I do the admin and accounts for the farm I own with my husband, and help out in the spring time during calving. I became a Regional Leader to learn more about Leadership and to be available to help people.

Carolynn Herbert

North Waikato

Hi, I'm Chelsea and I work as an operations manager on a dairy farm just out of Otorohanga. 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

King Country

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

Hi, I'm Danielle Petterd. In my former life I was a commercial banker, then my husband Grant and I became land-owning sharemilkers in Kerikeri after having children. I love helping people to push themselves and their businesses further!

Danielle Petterd


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


Hi, I'm Esmerelda and Otautau is home to my husband Michael and I, along with our two sons. I am a qualified early childhood teacher, but farming is my other passion and I now rear the calves and do the farm admin. In any spare time I have I enjoy hiking and the outdoors!

Esmerelda Duffin

Western Southland

Hi, my name is Frankie and I farm with my partner Sean near Te Puke. I enjoy the financial side of farming as well as the animal health, I love numbers and I love to help other people however I can!

Frankie Stevens

Bay of Plenty

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