National Farmers Federation announces leadership course participants

PATCIPANTS: Diversity in Agricultural Leadership participants announced.
PATCIPANTS: Diversity in Agricultural Leadership participants announced.

A group of 12 women make up this year's NFF Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.

Selected from 100 applicants, the women will participate in a mentoring program, to assist with leadership goals.

Participants include:

  • Anna Harrison Mungindi, NSW
  • Anna Hooper Mitcham, SA
  • Brie Montgomery Winmalee, NSW
  • Gillian Fennell Marla, SA
  • Janice Liu Gosford, NSW
  • Latarnie McDonald Taradale, VIC
  • Lucy Staughton Gunnedah, NSW
  • Mary Vaughan Mount Isa, QLD
  • Miffy Gilbert Glen Iris, VIC
  • Prudence Cook Dimboola, VIC
  • Sally Murfet Sorell, TAS
  • Tracy Sullivan Broome, WA

National Farmers Federation president, Fiona Simson said the program was entering it's fourth year.

"The success of Australian agriculture to date has hinged on men and women working together on farm," she said.

"However, providing a pathway for women to transcend to leadership positions has not materialised as fast as it should have," she said. Mrs Simson said the program was making a difference, creating the pathways and networks needed to ensure gender parity in the roles that would shape the agriculture of tomorrow.

Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program graduates have gone on to hold industry board positions and to be changemakers within their sectors and communities.

Mrs Simson said the program was underpinned by a group of more than 20 committed partners, including government agencies, multi-national corporations and farm advocacy bodies.

"Our Partners publicly pledge to make meaningful change towards gender diversity and to report on the steps taken towards this goal," she said.

"The targets, plans and innovations our partners continue to put in place to ensure female and male voices are heard equally are making a difference," she said.

"I congratulate this year's group," Mrs Simson said.