New Zealand Management Profiles


After completing an agricultural degree, Juliet commenced a career as a successful dairy farmer. Her extensive knowledge of all aspects of dairy farming and abilities to constructively evaluate, organise and communicate are well-recognised.

As a founding director of Synlait Ltd, Juliet has been involved in many facets of the business and she is passionate about strong leadership and support for recruitment and growth of staff. In the last five years Juliet has driven the development of systems that are repeatable and robust and championed innovation. More recently she has become a Founding Director of OnSide, which has developed a technology based solution for health and safety management on farm.

Juliet is a Massey Scholar, a Nuffield Scholar and a member of the IOD.

ANNE HINDSON – General Manager

Anne has been the General Manager of the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust for the past four years. The Trust manages the Nuffield NZ Scholarships and the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, two highly successful and recognised agri-business professional development programmes. The joint management, governance and funding of the two programmes has ensured that there are pathways for leadership in the sector.

Since taking on the role, Anne has led a review of both programmes and bringing into line with industry and participant needs and changing leadership requirements. Collectively the two programmes are providing comprehensive professional development for 53 people per year with recent involvement by some new industry sectors including aquaculture, viticulture and forestry as well as the dairy, red meat, horticulture sectors.

It has been a great learning curve in the primary industry sector as prior to taking on the role, Anne worked in consultancy with sport, recreation and major events including project management of several large events including an APEC Science & Technology Ministers Meeting & Associated Events, Regional Manager for 2011 Rugby World Cup and for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup. She has a strong background in strategy development, feasibility studies, functional design briefs and sponsorship and funding for facilities and events.

Anne sits on Boards and advisory groups and is still involved in the delivery of the National Conference for NZ Event Professionals reflecting her strong interest in professional development. She enjoys being able to have a role in the conferences and events for the Trust’s two programmes and is currently on the organising committee of the 2018 Nuffield NZ Conference and the 2020 Nuffield Triennial.


Desley Tucker began working with Nuffield New Zealand in July 2014. She comes from a background of various, mainly education roles, organising courses and programmes.

With a rural upbringing in North Canterbury, NZ, and having lived on farms in the ‘back of beyond’ at Nelson Lakes, Omihi and Oxford, she is enjoying the contact with the rural sector in this role and supporting applicants and scholars to experience the optimum Nuffield experience. Desley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Management.

Having seven grown-up children and five grandchildren between Desley and her husband Greg, there is never a dull moment! When time allows, she enjoys travelling with her husband, 4-Wheel Driving, V8 Supercars, swimming and a good wine.

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