The Agri-women’s trust names new gen­eral man­ager

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The Agri-Women’s Devel­op­ment Trust has a new gen­eral man­ager with the ap­point­ment of Lisa Sims to the role.

Ms Sims, from Al­fred­ton, will lead the op­er­a­tions of the char­i­ta­ble trust, based in Eketa¯ huna, tak­ing over from its founder Lindy Nel­son who will step down as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the end of this month.

Since 2010, AWDT has equipped and sup­ported al­most 3000 women to gen­er­ate eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal progress in the pri­mary sec­tor and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties through its busi­ness, lead­er­ship and gover­nance pro­grammes.

Nel­son will con­tinue in her role as an AWDT trustee and as pro­gramme di­rec­tor for the trust’s flag­ship pro­gramme, Es­ca­la­tor.

She will also lead the devel­op­ment of the trust’s grow­ing num­ber of pro­grammes for women in­volved in pri­mary in­dus­tries, and over­see pro­gramme qual­ity.

AWDT chair Mavis Mullins said the ap­point­ment of a gen­eral man­ager was part of the trust’s planned lead­er­ship suc­ces­sion fol­low­ing an in­de­pen­dent re­cruit­ment process that at­tracted strong na­tional in­ter­est.

“Lisa has been an in­te­gral part of AWDT since day one. She stood be­side Lindy and me when we launched the trust at Par­lia­ment in 2010 and has since played a key role in shap­ing our vi­sion through her com­mu­ni­ca­tion and en­gage­ment work with us.

“She brings 30 years of deep ex­pe­ri­ence in strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions, busi­ness, agri­cul­ture and com­mu­nity lead­er­ship. As an out­stand­ing mem­ber of our Es­ca­la­tor alumni and one of our cul­ture keep­ers, she truly lives and breathes our values.

Sims’ ca­reer to date has spanned

‘[Lisa] brings 30 years of deep ex­pe­ri­ence in strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions, busi­ness, agri­cul­ture and com­mu­nity ’ lead­er­ship.


in­ter­na­tional govern­ment re­la­tions, pro­mot­ing New Zealand red meat in Ja­pan and lead­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions and en­gage­ment for her own di­verse range of clients in the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors.

She has served on sev­eral re­gional boards and is a part­ner with her hus­band Tom in their farm­ing busi­ness near Eketa¯ huna where they have raised their four chil­dren.

Sims said she looked for­ward to work­ing with the trust’s board, in­dus­try part­ners, staff and wider team of 40 pro­gramme fa­cil­i­ta­tors to build on AWDT’s suc­cess and growth.

“I’ve been in­spired by what Lindy and her team have achieved so far and the im­pact the trust’s pro­grammes have had on peo­ple’s lives, their busi­nesses, ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and the wider pri­mary sec­tor. I look for­ward to work­ing in ser­vice to the AWDT vi­sion.”

Mavis Mullins said Nel­son’s con­tri­bu­tion as AWDT founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor had been im­mense.

“Lindy started with her own re­search and a clear vi­sion for women to be­come vi­tal part­ners in world-lead­ing pri­mary in­dus­tries. Ten years later we have strong part­ner­ships with in­dus­try, a highly skilled team and are ready to move ahead to con­tinue to cre­ate pos­i­tive change.”

Agri-Women’s Devel­op­ment Trust (AWDT) new gen­eral man­ager Lisa Sims.

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