A fourth generation West Coast farmer Dianne has been chairperson of the West Coast Rural Support Trust since its inception in 1998 in response to "the big wet". Dianne has a reputation in championing causes of rural people and rural communities.
Involved with Federated Farmers since 1988. Chairman of West Coast Meat & Fibre Section for nine years, President of West Coast Province for four years from 2000 to 2004 and currently an executive member. Member of West Coast RAHC (now TbFree) for 12 years and a mentor to farmers in need within the region
Dianne and husband Bob were married in 1996 and have been farming at Aratika since 1981.