Scholar profile – Lynsey Stratford

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2021 Scholar

Lynsey Stratford


Lynsey Stratford is an equity partner in a 420 cow dairy farm on the Catlins coast in Curio Bay, Southland. She and husband Chris also sharemilk the property. Lynsey is a consultant for Primary People Limited and provides people management and development consultancy services and training with a focus on the primary sector.

Lynsey grew up in the UK where she worked as a solicitor before moving to New Zealand with Kiwi husband Chris.

She has a First Class degree in law from the University of Kent and is a New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management certified People Management Consultant and Dairy Environment Leader.

Challenging assumptions and building capability to support “good work, thriving people and great farming”.

Despite the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and a focus on improving health and safety, the rates of fatality and harm in NZ agriculture remain stubbornly high.

This has negative impacts on the sector’s productivity, profitability and sustainability. The consequences for farming families and communities are tragic.

Download Lynsey’s report here

Current employment

Chryslyn Holdings Limited
Director / Equity Manager

South Coast Dairy Limited
Director / Equity Manager

Primary People Limited

Other Affiliations

Dairy Environmental Leader

Southern Workforce Action Group
Group and Subcommittee Member

South Island Dairy Event
Committee  Member

James Hargest College
Secretary PTA





Dairy Farming


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Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction), College of Law, London, UK


Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, UK

Scholarships & Awards


Runner up - NZ Dairy Industry Awards Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year, Southland


Ballance Farm Environment Awards, WaterForce Integrated Management Award and Donaghy's Farm Stewardship Award - Southland


Winners of the Farming Award at the Southland Environment Awards

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