BVSc, MSc.Cert IV adult education (Melb), SNM, ASNM (Massey)
A fourth generation dairy farmer and second generation veterinarian, Alison is a firm believer that our future food production systems have to profitable and resilient while protecting and replenishing ecological health. Her Masters of Science (2015) focused on how Upper Waikato dairy farms can be profitable while achieving the lowest possible environmental impact. She previously worked for Nestle Australia in Business Development & Quality Assurance, Commonwealth Bank in lending, and managed Intelact Australia. She has skills in animal health and nutrition, agricultural business performance, adult education, policy and ecosystem health. She has been awarded the NZ River Voice Award 2019 and is a NEXT Fellow: freshwater: 2020. She was elected to the NZ Veterinary Board in 2015 and was head of Environment for Landcorp until 2020. In 2014 she was a finalist for the NZI sustainability champion and received a commendation for community impact for her work with farmers, and in 2015 was finalist for Women of Influence Awards in Public Policy.
Mountains to Sea is a book about New Zealand’s freshwater crisis. One World, One Health, One Humanity – whenua, rongoā, tangata - Paul Tapsell and Alison Dewes.
Learning to Farm within Limits - Alison Dewes Vet Script August 2015. Getting ahead of the game: maximising profit and environmental protection on 21st century dairy farms - Alison Dewes and Russell Death