Raewyn van Gool

Central Otago

Raewyn is actively involved in her family’s agribusiness interests in Cromwell and Southland. She has been a passionate advocate for rural NZ and farming for 30 years, with a focus on helping young people and mentoring farming women who want to spread their wings into off farm paid work.

Raewyn sees herself as a Jill of all trades, with strong financial acumen.

After study as an adult student, she graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology in Education. Restarting her paid work career when her children left school, she worked for an Independent Practitioner’s Association (IPA). Her work involved contract management, data analysis, led change management projects, carried out international GP recruitment and was the IPA representative on the DHB Major Incident & Emergency Planning Group.

Over a 30-year volunteer governance career, Raewyn is a Dairy Environment Leader, Dairy Women’s Network member, and was Chair of the Landcare Trust Southland Catchment Group Project (2017-2020), Southland Dairy Leaders Advisory Group inaugural Chair, and with a growing family was involved in many organisations and rural community groups.

She is excited to be working with the Trustees, chief executive and staff, and feels privileged to be able to work to support the Otago community.