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New appointments at Dairy Women’s Network


Date: 16 September 2014

New appointments at Dairy Women’s Network

As Dairy Women’s Network grows from strength to strength, so too does its number of professionals grow.

The organisation has most recently acquired an events manager in Kym Gibson of Hamilton and a third regional convenor coordinator in Megan Edmeades of Manawaru (near Te Aroha).

Creating environments and experiences that resonate is a passion for Gibson, and something she is looking forward to fulfilling at the organisation’s 30-plus annual events.

Learning more about the “diverse and dynamic” organisation that is DWN is Gibson’s first challenge in the role, which she started in earlier this month.

She is the organisation’s third events manager, and says she is sure she will be busy in her currently part-time role.

“When I saw the role advertised it really appealed to me as good fit,” she says.

“I have come from eight years working for a non-profit organisation [Life Trust] in an events manager role, so I really understand the joys and complexities of working in non-profit and it’s what I know and love.”

Gibson says her aim is to offer high quality and high impact events for DWN and that she is a big believer in the saying that “love is in the details”.

“I love the creative side of events management and really enjoy creating beautiful spaces. I think beautiful surroundings can really lift the mood of an event.”

A theory she will soon enough be able to put to the test with DWN’s biggest annual event looming, their annual conference being held in Invercargill, which coincides with the Dairy Woman of the Year Awards, in March 2015.

Prior to her eight-year stint with Life Trust, Gibson worked in key account management / relationship management roles for healthcare company Zuellig Pharma.

Meanwhile, Edmeades has stepped up from her volunteer role as DWN’s East Waikato regional co-convenor to working 20 hours per week as the organisation’s newest regional convenor coordinator.

She joins North Island coordinator Karen Forlong and South Island coordinator Cathie Cotter, in the role.

The Manawaru farmer said she is looking forward to being a part of what she says are some really positive changes that are currently taking place for DWN.

“We are starting to do things in a different way, which I think is a real positive,” said Edmeades.

“We have our new modules starting in October, which are replacing what were known as ‘Dairy Days’, and a part of my job is making sure those are well attended and well organised and of the greatest benefit possible to our members.

“The coordinator role is really about supporting our regional convenors and making sure they have access to the quality resources and people they need to organise training and events for the members in their regions.”

Edmeades and her family are passionate about Jerseys and between November and March, you will find them all over the North Island showing them at all manner of shows.


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