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 Farmer's 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 inspiring 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 Allie! My husband Ben and I live in Canterbury. I didn’t grow up around farming but learnt whilst in a sales role for a dairy servicing company and being taught on farm by my husband. I am constantly learning about the industry and am passionate about showing NZ how amazing Dairy Farming is, helping other women in dairy find their place and leading women in our industry.

Allie King

Selwyn-North Canterbury

Amanda grew up on a sheep and beef farm located in Darfield Canterbury. Since leaving school she studied Agribusiness and Management. Amanda moved to Mid Canterbury about 5 years ago to be with her partner where they lived on a large crop farm. At this time Amanda began her career as a Rural Professional working in Agricultural Banking. When not working, she enjoys getting outdoors, helping on the family farm.

Amanda Schnell

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

Ashleigh Fenwick

North Otago

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 backgrounds.

Carley Flett

Mid-South 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; I 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 women 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


Eden Ritchie

Selwyn-North Canterbury

Hi, I'm Emily and I farm in hedgehope with my husband and 3 girls. I’m originally from Australia. I am the main calf rearer in spring. Some of my hobbies I like todo are baking and reading, spending time with family and friends. Looking forward to meeting new farmers and building connections in the industry.

Emily Rauber

Central Southland

Hi, I'm Emily and I currently work as a Dairy Farm assistant in Oxford. I grew up on a pig farm which was surrounded by Dairy farming and from a young age I had a keen interest in Dairy. I became a Regional Leader to gain confidence and broaden my knowledge within the industry. I enjoy networking with likeminded woman and look forward to gaining life long friendships. I am really passionate about woman’s involvement within the dairy sector.

Emily Williams

Selwyn-North Canterbury

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