NFF President Fiona Simson

Diversity in Agriculture Leadership

The farm sector has joined forces to forge a new pathway for women in ag leadership with the establishment of the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.

Women have been the backbone of farming since agriculture began in our nation.

However, the fact remains, female representation on farm is not matched in the senior ranks and around the board tables of our farm representative organisations and agribusinesses. And our industry is poorer for it.

When I take a look around the organisations advocating on behalf of farmers and agribusinesses servicing our industry, there is a distinct lack of female representation.

I believe this is out of step with actual farm businesses, the vast majority of which are family owned and where women absolutely play an equal role.

– Fiona Simson, President, National Farmers’ Federation

About the Program

There are two main elements of the Diversity in Ag Leadership Program:

1)      An opportunity for agribusiness and ag-representative bodies to commit to auditing their gender diversity and to formally pledge to making meaningful change towards evening the gender ledger, and

2)      An opportunity for aspiring female leaders to benefit from one-on-one mentoring. Graduates of the program will go on to be a part of a valuable alumni of skilled female leaders with aspirations to apply their leadership skills across the agricultural sector. See our 2018 aspiring leaders here 

More about the mentoring program

With their mentor, each mentoree will be required to establish ‘leadership goals’, outline steps to achieving these goals and, and put in place steps to measure progress towards these goals.

The 2018 Program will culminate in a Graduation at the NFF’s National Congress during October and the establishment of the DiALP Alumni.

Our 2018 aspiring leaders are:

Amy Cosby – Willow Grove, Victoria
​Brigid Price – Injune, Queensland
Deanna Lush – Palmer, South Australia
Lucinda Hawkins – Dubbo, New South Wales
Mary Retallack – Crafers West, South Australia
Penny Schulz – Field, South Australia
Sally Martin – Young, New South Wales
Skye Douglass – Neumgna, Queensland

2018 Program participants in alphabetical order

Partners pledge to enact change on gender diversity

On 31 May, the NFF and the 10 founding partners of the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program each made a public pledge to enact change that will see more women in leadership roles within their organisations. You can view those pledges here.

Join us in effecting real change

The Diversity in Ag Leadership Program is an across-sector, all-inclusive initiative.

To find out how to be involved contact Laureta Wallace lwallace@nff.org.au


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