Lynley, along with her husband Matt, own and operate Spring Valley Enterprises Ltd, a 2400ha sheep and beef farming operation in the Wairarapa.
Spring Valley Ent Ltd was established by Matt and Lynley in 2002 and has grown into an innovative, technology savvy business with a strong environmental and intergenerational focus.
Running 16,000 s.u comprised of a high performing Highlander ewe flock and Angus cattle, the business has won several agricultural awards, including Wairarapa Hill Country Farm Business of the Year, Greater Wellington Balance Farm Environment Awards, Wairarapa Gate to Plate, the NZ Golden Lamb Awards and the Allflex NZ Sheep Industry Award for Innovation.
While raising their two sons, now both teenagers, Lynley owned and operated a hairdressing salon for 11 years before Spring Valley became her focus while in a rapid growth phase.
Lynley co-founded Wairarapa Rural Women Incorporated, a rural business discussion group set up to strengthen agri-business by bringing together women who are fundamental partners in their rural businesses. One of her favourite achievements is providing a platform for agri-women to learn, teach, share ideas and foster leadership, self confidence and friendship.