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.

Wendy laughs as she says “I’ve had the odd toot and chuckle from passer-by’s whilst changing on the side of a country road from the pants and boots to corporate attire and heels and vice versa. I’ve really mastered my technique of dusting off the dirt with a quick touch up of makeup to be at my next meeting”

Whilst not growing up on farm Wendy has had exposure to rural living from early on and spent many a school holiday hand milking cows, feeding chooks, running from the rams, and feeding the pigs to ensure the family had a good feed of prime bacon. Together with husband, Nigel they still manage a small litter of pigs, so no one misses out on the bacon!

This agwoman is a very proud mother of three - Danielle, Dominic and Damian and a truly honoured Nana to granddaughter Madi. She juggles home duties, parenthood with work demands that can be tough but with the help of her family and friends, manage to get most things done

Husband Nigel runs his own manufacturing joinery business and Wendy works alongside her amazing team at PrimaryITO. “Our Industry training is all about meeting the skill needs of our industries. To achieve this, we work with industry bodies to develop training and qualifications that align with best practice and industry expectations. We advocate on behalf of our industries to Government to ensure policy decisions support our ability to create fit-for-purpose training. We develop and maintain the national standards for more than 250 qualifications across the agriculture, horticulture, food processing, seafood, equine and sports turf industries”

Wendy says “My career has been a fantastic journey to date working across all industries including food, services, sales, retail, vehicle, financial and insurance industry, health industry and education. I have been very lucky to gain so many valuable interrelated skills to help really make a difference for our people in the primary industry. I love seeing people succeed and I am very lucky to see this in my role and to be working alongside so many passionate people – this is my ‘why’.

Prior to her current position Wendy was head hunted for a position as a regional manager with ANZ where she was a commercial and agribusiness relationship manager as well as a senior personal banker from 2014 - 2017. She also held positions as the administration manager for IHC New Zealand and worked as a training advisor for the PrimaryITO for 4 years before being head hunted. It seems fitting that she is back with PrimaryITO now and as well as leading a team is also completing the level 5 Diploma in Agribusiness Management. Wendy is one passionate agwoman who says it’s inspiring to be part of the industry she works in.

Our land is the foundation of our primary industries, our country’s serious growth will come from the people - those who are guardians of the land, produce food from it and innovate every conceivable connection to it. These are the people, we are here to grow and develop. Our industries depend on knowledgeable, innovative, skilled people - and we're here to help them. We are on the ground working with individuals, businesses, communities and industry. We're in high tech production facilities, on farms and orchards, in the shed and at the kitchen table, all around New Zealand. We're coaching and teaching and sharing the knowledge, building confidence, ambition and capability for the most passionate and inspiring people in New Zealand!

Wendy you are truly an inspirational woman who is helping to enable the future of our sector has the skilled people available for it to be successful. Keep up the great work.