Along with her husband Ed, Cath has been involved in the dairy industry for 20 years – firstly in sharemilking roles and then farm ownership in 2002. Cath joined DairyTraining in 2013 as a part-time tutor at the Diploma level specialising in Business & Financial Planning and Human Resource course delivery.
Cath is very passionate about education and the dairy industry. She enjoys seeing people progress in the industry as a result of building skills and competencies by taking up learning and personal development opportunities.
Marcelle was raised on a dairy farm and prior to coming to Dairy Training in 2007, was with AgResearch in an accounting assistant role. Marcelle prides herself on attention to detail and enjoys helping people. Her main roles with Dairy Training are account management, running our SharePoint site and organizing business data.
Marcelle enjoys being part of the DairyTraining team, where we have a lot of pride seeing students’ progress through our training and contributing in such positive ways to NZ’s dairy industry.
Laura comes from a rural banking background and is very proficient at managing the logistics of all course timetabling, assessing venue suitability, and the printing and distributing of learner and teaching resources.
Laura also coordinates tutors training days, tutor conference, regional tutorials and study nights. She works closely with the PrimaryITO field team and Wintec administration staff, as well as managing all student details in the Dairy Training’s learner management system.
Born in Scotland, Joyce has lived in the UK most of her life until 2009, when her family moved to New Zealand.
Her family knew New Zealand was where they wanted to be, a move that has proved to be exciting and challenging at the same time.
Working within Training and Education for over 20 years has given Joyce the passion for seeing people achieve, overcome obstacles, and embrace the fact that they can learn while working. Once in the learning mode, students develop their skills, knowledge, and confidence, at times taking the opportunity to utilise their new skills, confidence, and knowledge to develop themselves. It is rewarding to be part of somebody’s achievement, success, and journey.
Ann and her husband Brad are currently equity partners on a dairy farm between Rotorua and Taupo, milking 420 cows. Ann has a bachelor degree in business studies, and after living and working overseas for a number of years she moved home to NZ, met and married her husband, moved to the farm and now has 2 children and enjoys the farming life.
Ann loves the fact she can use her business background and hands-on experience to help others in the dairy sector, tutoring and coaching modules in the Agribusiness Diploma. Ann is passionate about helping others get ahead in this volatile industry. Creating a sustainable, profitable business model is essential to anyone wanting to get ahead in and Dairy Training courses and templates offer a valuable toolkit. Ann loves the variety this role offers – no two businesses are the same, and she enjoys working with farmers at all stages of their business life cycle – from those starting out in their farming businesses, to helping fill the gaps for those who have more experience.
Ashlea trained in Adult Education and Training as well as Human Resources. With her husband, a contractor, they decided farming was for them and worked up through the ranks, having now contract milked since 2011. During this farming period, Ashlea completed the NZ Diploma in Agribusiness Management and was asked to mentor dairy farmers already undertaking training.
Ashlea was then drawn into Dairy Training where she loves seeing her trainees succeed, and they in turn give her passion and excitement for the industry.
Bronwyn has been tutoring the Human Resource module of the NZ Diploma in Agribusiness Management since 2013, and really enjoys creating the discussions and learnings in the trainee group environment. She is an independent HR consultant working across the Waikato region, with a background in HR management.
Bronwyn loves the rural environment – farming is in her blood! She also fits in some help with driving tractors / operating machinery for her agricultural contractor friend in the hay / silage season.
Raised in South Auckland, Crofton was educated at Massey University. Since then (25 years), he has managed and owned two farms with over 500 cows.
Crofton is focussed on industry improvement and imparts his knowledge tutoring levels 3, 4 and 5.
Ed progressed from a farm assistant through to farm ownership in ten years, and now has been an owner-operator in the Waikato since 2014. Ed has a Bachelor of Applied Science and has spent time as an agronomist in the maize grain industry, bringing wider industry knowledge and networks to his classes.
Ed teaches Level 3 Animal Husbandry where he enjoys helping the next generation of farm staff to upskill and progress within the dairy industry. He is passionate about grass roots farming and wants to share his broad industry knowledge and experiences to help others.
Gaynor hails from Ireland/UK and has been dairy farming in New Zealand for over 20 years. Strongly involved in the dairy industry through DairyNZ, PrimaryITO, Federated Farmers and Fonterra, being face-to-face with farmers, training rural professionals and on numerous boards, Gaynor has a wealth of experience. Gaynor extends this knowledge by training farmers in the Diploma of Agribusiness.
As a tutor Gaynor is motivated to help farmers help themselves. She enjoys working with amazing people who are self-driven and inspired to undertake learning off-farm to increase their understanding of the business of farming and for many to enhance their careers going forward. She loves the topic of agri-business and has good fun in the class environment whilst working towards positive change for their enterprises.
Jenny grew up on a dairy farm and loved the freedom and adventure that rural life offered. A career in teaching was switched for dairy farming with Jenny and her husband making the most of the opportunities and support offered by the industry.
Jenny’s passion for helping others to learn and progress led her to tutoring and she has been involved in dairy training since 2002. She teaches Level 5 Production Management and gets great satisfaction from helping farmers to analyse and improve their businesses.
Born of Taranaki farming stock, Jim went dairy farming after schooling and advanced, with wife Cheryl and three children, to farm ownership at Kampongs via the typical sharemilking route. Exiting farming after 40 years and moving to Te Awamutu to be closer to grandchildren allowed Jim the opportunity to branch into a new role tutoring for Dairy Training, which has been his vocation for the past decade [or so].
Originally hailing from the United Kingdom 30 years ago, Linda has for the last 25 owned, managed and overseen a dairy farm in the Waikato, increasing the platform over time to 1000 cows. Her partner mostly worked off farm.
Linda currently teaches Level 4 courses within the Waikato and King Country and goes above and beyond to support students to be successful in their training. She knows first-hand about coming to the industry with no knowledge or experience, and so how important practical learning is and how development can enhance your future.
Linda and her husband have a 230-cow dairy farm in northern Manawatu. Together they have been working in the dairy industry for over 25 years.
Linda completed the Diploma in AgriBusiness Management and then went on to complete a Bachelor of AgriCommerce Degree in 2019.
Linda tutors all modules of the Diploma. She enjoys getting off farm and meeting people who share a passion for the dairy industry, helping them to improve their knowledge and learn new skills.
Liz has been involved in the New Zealand farming industry for over 20 years, farming on both some of the countries smallest and largest farms from the Central Plateau through to the Bay of Plenty.
Liz has a particular passion for animal health.
Mark comes from a sheep and beef family farming background in Western Southland. He has been involved in the dairy industry for almost 20 years with roles nationally with DairyNZ, Rabobank and now as a dairy tutor for the New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management. He has also worked internationally with dairy development roles in Pakistan, Colombia and currently Sri Lanka.
What drives Mark as a tutor is for students to achieve their goals and increase their knowledge so they can progress ideally within the industry, and run profitable and sustainable businesses.
Matt Wright was born in South Africa and gained an Agricultural Management Diploma in Cape Town. Matt pursued a farming career, spending three years in the United Kingdom on a lily farm. Matt immigrated to New Zealand in 2010 and settled with his family in Taranaki four years ago. He is currently contract milking 550 autumn calving cows.
Matt enjoys passing on his experiences to farmers coming up through the ranks.
With a Masters in Agricultural Science, a Diploma in Agribusiness and 30 years farming, 20 as a farm owner, Pete is well placed to disseminate his wealth of knowledge to others. Pete teaches the Production Management course and and runs short courses on his South Waikato farm. He sees the training the others as a great way to challenge and energise his own love of farming and the need to continually improve.
Regan and her husband have been dairy farming for 20 years and spent some time managing a new conversion in America.
Having achieved the New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management in 2012, Regan is now teaching it in Taranaki where her family now live and farm.
Robyn grew up on a mixed sheep, beef and dairy farm in Tokoroa. Family first is a key value for Robyn, her husband and two children, centring on family friendly dairy jobs, including contract milking and 50/50 sharemilking throughout the Waikato. The couple entered the Dairy Industry Awards and placed in the finals several times with merit awards for Human Resources and Dairy Hygiene.
Robyn joined Dairy Training in 2009 and passionately supports many fantastic students achieve their Dairy Level 3 qualifications.
Shona works alongside her husband on their 270 cow, rolling to steep dairy farm in Waitetuna. Shona has done plenty of study herself, having achieved her Diploma in Agribusiness Management, Certificate in Vet Nursing and a NZCS -Biology Option & Lab Technician – Immunology.
Shona teaches at Level 5, focussing on Business & Financial Planning. She likes to see motivated individuals trying to grow their agribusiness by being better informed with their own financial & business literacy.
After five years working in town, Steve decided the farming lifestyle was for him. With his wife, they progressed through farm management and the sharemilking pathway, before purchasing their 720 cow farm in Whakamaru in 2002.
Steve brings a myriad of skills to Level 5 Production Management & the Level 4 programmes. He enjoys tutoring and believes it is important to have skilled & motivated people trained to a high standard for managing New Zealand’s dairy farms.
Stuart is married with a grown family of four. He and his wife own a 200-cow dairy farm in the hills of the Waikato.
Stuart has been involved in dairy farming most of his life. He originally trained at Massey University and then went on to complete postgraduate studies at Reading University during an eight-year stint in Europe.
He is keen for those who do the work in the industry to also develop their “mental muscle” and teaches a variety of courses to help achieve this.
Willie and his family spent 20 years milking cows working up to herd ownership, then sold the herd to buy a small dry stock farm. They won the Waikato Dairy Industry Awards Farm Manager of the Year and came third nationally in 2010. Willie also manages a dairy grazing block and works as a contractor in the busy periods. He also manages a 200ha dairy grazing farm 6km from home.
Willie teaches both Level 3 Husbandry and Feeding as well as Level 4. He loves sharing his passion for farming, knowledge of growing grass, animal husbandry skills and seeing students succeed and move up through the industry.