Angela Deans admits that she has been through many ups and downs over the years. However every challenge along the way has shaped the Deans family to where they are today. Together with her husband and their three kids they are currently contract milking 1350 cows in Southland.
Leigh Catley describes herself as a primary sector advocacy junkie. Leigh has worked for more than seven different associations throughout her almost 30 year career and says the best thing about working in advocacy is that "you are always trying to convince people you are right".
Running from corporate meetings to rural workplaces can sometimes be a quick transition from heels for gumboots for 5th generation Southlander Wendy Molloy. Wendy is currently the team lead deliverer for Primary ITObased out of Invercargill. She is a very passionate people person who isn’t afraid of a challenge and has a well set vision and goals that she continues to exceed. She says she aims to support people in a positive way by encouraging and motivating them to succeed.
Jemma Mulvihill wears a few different hats depending on what day of the week it is. She is Managing Director for Agri Optics NZ Ltd, where her role is to arm New Zealand farmers with the best tools and technologies to help run their businesses more effectively and sustainably. Jemma is also a new mum, a part time sheep and beef farmer with her husband and I’m also involved on the Steering Group for their local Kakahu Catchment Group. Whatever she does, Jemma is pretty passionate about agriculture, efficiency and the environment.
For anyone who has ever been to Alexandra you’ll know the big clock on top of the hill. Travel up the cliff face, past the clock and down the narrow, winding gravel road for a good half hour and you will find Little Valley, where the Sanders name is synonymous with fine wool merino. Olivia was born on Mt Campbell Station, the middle daughter of Steve and Vicki. As one of four children, she grew up as most kids on stations do; exploring valleys and gravel roads, making their own fun in what she describes as “the most un-PC ways possible”. As the children grew older, the decision was made to move from Little Valley while the children were at school to operations that were closer to more opportunities. It was when the family of six moved to Caterhope Estate in South Otago Olivia was able to start competing her horses, whom she had just ridden for fun growing up. With competitions during the weekend, training young horses after school, working on the farm and in the shearing sheds during the summer it was an upbringing that demanded a strong work ethic, responsibility and a genuine love of the land.
A passion for the land and the environment is combined in Janet Gregory’s role for the NZ Landcare Trust where she works with farmers, rural communities, councils and sector groups to tackle land and water issues.
A fierce advocate of New Zealand’s Primary Industry, Rachel has created values-based business models focused on sustainability. In recognition of her services to the industry, Rachel was honoured to be made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (services to food and hospitality) in 2015.More recently she was named a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship in 2017.