FIVE LEADING WOMEN OF NZ AGRIBUSINESS
Name: Dawn Sangster
Director, Alliance Group
Maniototo farmer Dawn Sangster is the third female director in the history of meat company Alliance Group (which was established in 1948), stepping into the position in December 2011. Alliance has 5,000 shareholders and produces 30 per cent of New Zealand's sheepmeat production, 10 per cent of its beef and 30 per cent of the country's venison. Dawn, who has a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce in Farm Management from Lincoln University, has a 25-year farming career. She plays a pivotal role in the family company which manages 10,000 sheep and beef stock. She also runs one of New Zealand's largest flocks of angora goats.
Name: Charmaine O'Shea
Director, Johnston O'Shea Limited, Chartered Accountants
Northland dairy farmer and chartered accountant, Charmaine O'Shea is the Director of Johnston O'Shea Limited, a Whangarei-based practise specialising in farm accounting. Charmaine, who has over 20-years' experience in dairy farming and financial expertise, recently added the accolade of 2014 Dairy Woman of the Year to her previous success as the 2013 Northland Supreme Ballance Farm Environment Award winner (alongside her brother Shayne), Northland Sharemilker of the Year 1993 and the North Island AC Cameron Award 1993.
Name: Justine Kidd
CEO, BEL Group
Waipukurau native Justine Kidd is the CEO of Bel Group, stepping into the role in August 2014. Based in Hawkes Bay, BEL Group is a family owned, corporately structured dairy farming business managing nine dairy farms, over 9,000 dairy cows and employs 65 people across dairy farm, dairy support and business services business units. Justine, who has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) from Massey University, has more than 20 year's experience in the dairy industry and was named Dairy Woman of the Year in 2013.
Name: Traci Houpapa
MNZM Director and JP
Hailing from the Waikato, Traci is an experienced company director and holds a number of directorships and ministerial appointments. She is chairman of Te Uranga B2 Incorporation, a Maori-owned agribusiness valued at $NZ23 million with an annual turnover of $NZ1 million. Traci, who has an MBA in Management from Massey University, was named in the Listener's top ten influencers in New Zealand in 2013, as well as being a finalist in the Fairfax Media Westpac Women of Influence (WOI) Awards in the same year. In 2014 Traci won the WOI Board and Management award and was named in the top three most influential people in New Zealand Agribusiness by Rural News. Traci is also a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, a Justice of the Peace and a Marriage Celebrant.
Name: Angela Payne
Production Manager, Agri-lab Co-Products Limited
Based in Waipukurau, Agri-Lab Co-Products Ltd, specialises in supplying ingredients for the medical, pharmaceutical and dietary supplements markets, including placenta, glands, membranes, tendons, eyes, brains, blood products and glandular. Ninety percent of their products are exported to countries including Japan, USA, Korea, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Australia. Angela has been at the helm of Agri-lab for over 16-years.