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Meat Business Women New Zealand Networking Event: Panel – Young leaders aspirations for NZ’s red meat sector

June 19 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am


Monday 19th June 2023, 07:30am – 09:00am (NZDT) (E Tipu conference starts at 10.00am)

Hear from young leaders in the red meat sector about their aspirations for the future of the sector and the part you can play to help the next generation succeed.

This is an opportunity for women working in New Zealand’s red meat sector to network with like-minded peers in conjunction with the E-Tipu BOMA conference held later the same day.

Thanks to Alliance for sponsoring this event.

MBW members can claim their free ticket by entering the discount code found on your membership portal.

Location: Miro, 176 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Panel Includes:


Stephanie Manning, Facilitator

Stephanie is interim, General Manager for People for Alliance Group. An experienced, authentic and passionate HR executive, Stephanie understands how to develop and deliver on people strategy, what it takes – and what it really means – to put people at the centre, and how to create a culture in which people can do their life’s best work.

She more than 18 years’ experience in New Zealand and abroad, delivering people and workforce strategy, operating model transformation, service redesign and expert ER and HR advice. A resilient leader who thrives on complexity, challenge and change, Stephanie has provided senior and executive leadership through the Global Financial Crisis in London, the post-earthquake environment in Christchurch and as part of CDHB’s welfare response to the May 15th terror attack.

Stephanie has worked in both private and public sector leadership roles and across complex stakeholder environments, including manufacturing, health, financial services and the legal sector. An employment lawyer by training, her career over the last decade has been spent delivering strategy, finding and nurturing great talent, connecting people with purpose and reimagining the experience we give people at work.



Lucy Atkinson

Lucy grew up on a sheep, beef and deer farm in Hanmer Springs North Canterbury. Influenced by watching her father wait all year to sell stock at a price that fluctuated, dictated by (what seemed to be mysterious) external factors, she completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Management at the University of Otago.

After university, Lucy worked in Export Sales for a Defence Manufacturer in Australia before moving back to New Zealand in 2019. Initially working in the technology sector, Lucy has returned to her agricultural roots now working for Alliance Group in the SIM (co-products) export sales team. Once seen as waste, many of the products in the SIM category capture value from an animal, improving the return for our farmers.


Nika Schroeder

Nika quickly became passionate about agriculture when she was first exposed to the sector in Year 11. She completed her Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing majoring in Supply Chain Management at Lincoln University as a Meat Industry Association (MIA) scholar. Nika is currently working towards a Masters in Management in Management in Agribusiness and has already gained experience in the meat industry working in a variety of roles from the floor, to marketing and logistics.


Harriet Watson

Harriet grew up on a farm near Darfield and has always been passionate about understanding where food comes from. While her interest in the industry stems from her farming background, she is also passionate about story-telling and communications and particularly helping consumers to understand the journey from farm to final product. As a consequence, she studied Agribusiness and Food Marketing at Lincoln University looking to develop the skills and tools in order to contribute to taking the New Zealand story to the world. She completed her studies in 2020


Grace Mainwaring

Grace has just completed her three year degree at Lincoln University studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing minoring in Supply Chain Management and Economics. She grew up in Palmerston North surrounded by rural communities, and innovative agricultural companies, with a strong interest in food origin, sustainability, economics and marketing which encouraged her decision to pursue a career within this sector. Grace’s passion and dedication lies within this sector and believes there has never been a better time to enter the industry. To kickstart her career following the completion of her degree, Grace has joined the team at PwC within their Food & Fibre Business Consulting team at PwC. This aligns closely with her desire to support New Zealand businesses to develop and grow more profitable, agile and sustainable businesses.


About Meat Business Women NZ

The global network for women working in the red meat sector, Meat Business Women, offers mentorships, masterclasses and networking opportunities through in-personal and online events.

Other events planned for 2023
  • Wellington networking and panel event: What does 2050 look like for women in the meat industry? Currently postponed, penciled in 18 July. Registration will open soon here.
  • Auckland networking lunch (part of the Red Meat Sector Conference). Save the date: 6 August.

Learn more and become a member here.



June 19
7:30 am - 9:00 am
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Oxford Terrace Christchurch
Canterbury, 8011