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CLIENT NEWS: Search begins for Dairy Women’s Network CEO

The Dairy Women’s Network has begun its recruitment campaign for a new chief executive.

Applications for the role are now open, and board chair Cathy Brown says the new CEO will be the face of the 10,000-strong membership organisation with responsibility for leading it to the next level.

“The CEO represents our organisation and its members at the highest level,” Brown says. “The Network has become an increasingly influential participant in the industry, and we’re looking for someone who can help us take our next strategic step while ensuring we remain sustainable and continue to deliver for our members.

“With our 20th anniversary on the horizon this year we’ve taken the chance to reflect on our success and think about what’s needed to take us into the future, while staying true to our purpose of delivering unlimited opportunities to women in dairy,” she says.

She says with the spotlight on New Zealand’s dairy industry in recent months, those who are forward-thinking and adept to change will thrive in leadership positions within the industry.

“The past decade or so has seen a real shift in focus for the dairy industry,” Brown says. “Now more than ever farmers and industry are working together to highlight the industry’s sustainability, and profitability, on a local and global scale.

“We’re looking for someone who can rise to the challenge and help the Network continue to make its mark in a constantly evolving dairy environment. This is a unique opportunity to make a real difference with, and for, women in the dairy industry.”

Founded in 1998, the Dairy Women’s Network has doubled in size from 5000 to 10,000 members in the past five years, and Brown says the Network has firmly established itself as an innovative and influential national organisation.

“We have led some significant industry projects over the years, including the dairy industry’s recent strategy refresh alongside DairyNZ, Federated Farmers and the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand.”

The new CEO will replace Zelda de Villiers, who leaves after four years at the helm to focus on a new business venture in Northland.

More information and the position description can be found on the No.8 HR website. Official applications can also be made through the website,