Jessie and her husband Hayden are dairy business owners leasing 420 ha in Mid Canterbury milking 900 cows. She has an Honours degree in Animal Science and has worked in a range of rural professional roles over a fifteen year period including Policy, Research and Development and Sustainable Farming.
Jessie has completed the Fonterra Governance Development Programme, the Food and Agribusiness Marketing Experience and the Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme. She is currently a Director of Ashburton Trading Society and RuralCo, and on the Fonterra Shareholders Council. Jessie has previously served on the Board of Connetics Ltd, DairyNZ Ltd (as an Associate Director), Business Mid Canterbury and Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury.