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

From Christchurch with a Masters in Commerce and Management from Lincoln University Anne also has a Bachelor’s Degree from Canterbury University. She has a background in management, project management and governance across a range of industries and sectors.

Prior to taking on the role of General Manager responsible for the Nuffield Scholarship and Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme three years ago, Anne worked as a project management and consultant in the sport/recreation facility, education, business and events sectors. Some of the major projects she has led include the APEC Science and Technology Ministerial and Associated Events, Project Establishment of the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub, Christchurch Manager for both the Rugby World Cup and FIFA U17 Women’s World Cups. She was also involved in a number of feasibility and business case projects for major facilities and regional and city recreation and event strategies.

While not from a farming background, a lot of her childhood holidays were spent on family dairy and mixed cropping farms. As a business advisor for Selwyn District Council, managing the NZTE fund supporting business owners in professional development and business capability building in the largely rural area, she grew her understanding of the agricultural sector challenges and needs.

A keen sports person, Anne is still playing competitive tennis, cycles and enjoys the gym. Travel is a passion and she recently combined both with a cycling trip from Nice to Barcelona through the French Alps and Pyrenees.


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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