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 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

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 am Claire and along with my husband Scott and our two daughters we are 50/50 share milkings in South Taranaki. I became a Regional Leader to experience new opportunities and improve my leadership and networking skills. I'm excited to be involved in DWN and look forward to connecting and growing with like-minded dairy women.

Claire Gordge


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 Matthews


Hello I’m Dianne and along with my husband Michael we 50/50 share milk 530 cows in Matakohe, Northland. I joined DWN to meet new people in my area and have become a Regional Leader to help people with their journey in the industry.

Dianne Wright


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

Emma is a contract milker from the Waikato, farming in Taupiri with her partner. Born and raised on a dairy farm she spent her time in the far North and down on the West Coast of the South Island, before her family settled in the Waikato. Emma has graduated from University with a bachelors of Social Sciences with a major in Sociology, she Trekked to Mount Everest Base camp, and started a business with her partner to go into farming. Emma hopes to work towards sharemilking, and eventually farm ownership.

Emma Walton

North Waikato

I am Gabby, and have been a rural professional in the agri-business sector for 5 years. I grew up on a sheep and beef farm just out of Auckland. In my spare time I enjoy reading, running and competing in fashion in the field competitions at racedays. I am delighted to be part of the DWN and meet women doing awesome things in the dairy world.

Gabby Cashmore

North Waikato

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 live in northern Manawatu. I have worked in the Ag industry for 20+ years and I’m currently and full time student studying Law and a Masters of Environmental Studies. I am passionate about the Ag industry and plan to use my experience and expertise to support the industry once I have graduated. As well as study, I am kept busy with 2 young daughters who compete with ponies.

Janelle Gillum


Hi I’m Karen, I’ve been in the dairy industry for over 25 years and love it. I have been a 50/50 Sharemilker in Coastal Taranaki. I’m currently a Agri manager for LIC on the South Taranaki / Wanganui area. Really looking forward to the Regional Leaders role in Wanganui area.

Karen McNamara