Board & Patron



  • Charmaine O'Shea
  • Lindy Nelson MNZM
  • Hinerangi Edwards
  • Ross Verry
  • Fi Dalgety
  • Murray Donald
  • Dr Scott Champion
  • Mavis Mullins MNZM AWDT Patron
  • Charmaine O'Shea – Chair

    A Chartered Accountant, Charmaine owns a leading Northland accountancy practice and is an equity partner in a dairy farm.
    She has a passion for improving the profitability of the dairy sector through strong financial, environmental, and people performance.
    Charmaine has won numerous dairy industry awards including 2014 Dairy Woman of the Year 2013, Northland Supreme Ballance Farm Environment Award and Northland Sharemilker of the Year.
    A graduate of AWDT’s Escalator programme, Charmaine was so inspired by AWDT’s work that she joined the Board as a Trustee in 2013 and became Chair in 2014. She is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants

  • Lindy Nelson MNZM – Founder, Trustee, Executive Director

    Lindy believes in the ability and skills of women, and a passion to grow their potential. An involved and active member of her wider community, she has followed a pathway that spans farm ownership, community leadership, director of a crown entity and founding the AWDT.
    Lindy is a partner, with her husband David, in an intensive Alfredton hill country sheep and beef farm.  She was the 2013 NEXT Magazine Business Woman of the Year and in 2012 was named by Primary Magazine as one of the top 10 women in agriculture.
    Lindy has completed national and international research on development of women, best practice and what it takes to create positive change. Creating linkages between organisations and utilising resources, contacts and networks for sector and individual benefit is paramount to everything Lindy does.

  • Hinerangi Edwards - Trustee

    Ngāruahine, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Arawa, Samoa/Tonga.

    Hinerangi is a strategic leader and professional director. Involved in governance since her early 20s, she has seen great boards that have grown from adversity through strong leadership, professional development and team work.

    Hinerangi is director and owner of kaupapa Māori strategy and communications company, AATEA Solutions. She chairs Taranaki's PKW Trust, serves on Parininihi Ki Waitotara Inc and PKW Farms, is a government-appointed Māori Language Commissioner, trustee on her whānau farm trust and advisory board member of Appoint Better Boards. 

    Hinerangi participated in AWDT's first ever programme, the inaugural Escalator 2010-2011. She is currently a facilitator for the Wāhine Wāia Wāhine Whenua UYFB programme.

    Hinerangi and her husband, Kiwa Hammond and five children live in Wairoa, Hawkes Bay with regular trips back to the whānau farm in Taranaki. 

  • Ross Verry - Trustee

    Ross Verry holds a number of consulting and directorship roles in the agriculture sector.

    His current focus is as a General Manager for Syndex Limited, a Fintech focussed on providing liquidity and transparency for proportionally-owned agriculture and property assets.  He was previously General Manager, Agri at ANZ where he had responsibility for the development and implementation of the Agri business strategy across New Zealand. 

    Following his graduation from Victoria University, Ross joined KPMG where he completed his Chartered Accounting qualifications before joining the banking profession where he initially worked in the Institutional and Business Banking areas.

    Prior to that, Ross held senior Commercial Banking roles as General Manager Corporate Banking and General Manager Specialist Businesses, which focussed on solutions and services for privately-owned and family businesses. Ross joined the AWDT board in March 2013.

  • Fi Dalgety - Trustee

    Fi and her husband Alex own a sheep and beef farm in Rangitikei, where they live with their three daughters.

    With a firm belief that a vibrant community is key to a thriving agricultural sector, Fi has promoted, advocated for and supported rural communities through numerous leadership and governance roles.

    Having completed three of AWDT’s cornerstone programmes - First Steps, Escalator and Understanding Your Farming Business – Fi has first-hand knowledge of the power of the programmes to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with likeminded women New Zealand-wide.

    Fi holds a Bachelor in Business Studies from Massey University. She has worked for Valuation NZ and has practised as a Registered Valuer.

  • Murray Donald - Trustee

    Murray is passionate about productive enterprises that play a major role in the New Zealand economy.  He enjoys working with people who have a shared sense of direction towards a common goal for business growth.

    Over the past 25 years Murray and his wife Carolynn have developed and expanded an intensive lamb and beef farming operation in the Waianiwa District of Southland.

    Murray has held numerous professional governance roles including Director of FMG (2000-2014) and Director of Alliance Group Ltd (1992-current).  He chairs the Alliance Group Trustee Ltd (staff superannuation scheme) and is a Director of the Southern Institute of Technology.  

    Murray is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a 1992 Kellogg Scholar.

  • Dr Scott Champion - Trustee

    An experienced leader, strategist and executive manager, Scott has worked across tertiary education, innovative organisations in the private sector and industry service delivery and advocacy for over 20 years, most recently as former CEO of Beef + Lamb New Zealand.

    Scott has significant strategy development, facilitation, the securing of investment, and governance experience across diverse areas, often within complex, multi-party projects.

    An effective change leader, Scott has effectively led structural and cultural change within organisations, and has adapted commercial approaches to strategy implementation and performance measurement, within not-for-profit, community-based organisations.

    Scott is passionate about identifying, creating and connecting strongly with communities of interest and customers/clients to build effective products and services that make a difference.

  • Patron, Mavis Mullins MNZM

    As AWDT Patron, Mavis relishes the opportunity to support women engaged in self-development and share her skills and experiences. Mavis holds a number of primary sector directorships including Chair of Atihau Whanganui Incorporation and Aohanga Incorporation. This year (2017) Mavis won The Outstanding Māori Business award at University of Auckland Aotearia Māori Business Leaders Awards and was inducted into the New Zealand's Business Hall of Fame.

    Past directorships include Landcorp Farming Ltd and Massey University. As former Chair of Te Huarahi Tika Trust (Māori Spectrum) and former Chair of Hautaki Ltd, the NZ shareholder within 2degreesmobile, Mavis has been involved in the development and commercial utilisation of spectrum for mobile technologies.

    Her own company, Paewai Mullins Shearing Ltd, was the first globally in the sector to achieve ISO 9002 certification. Other acknowledgments include Golden Shears the agrisport of shearing and woolhandling Awards Māori Businesswoman of the Year (1998), Queen’s Birthday Honour MNZM for service to the wool industry (2002), Māori Sports Administrator of the Year for Shearing & Woolhandling (2005, 2012), Safeguard NZ Health & Safety in the Workplace Award to Paewai Mullins Shearing (2008).

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