WIFE Inc Committee 2019
The WIFE Inc Committee is elected each year at the AGM, usually held in April. WIFE Inc steers the organisation, aids its growth through supporting WIFE branches, administers the financial business of the organisation and assists the host branch with organising the Annual Seminar.
Janelle South - West Athur - President
While studying Animal Science at UWA, Janelle met her (now) husband Paul and decided to redirect her study towards Agriculture. After working off farm for a couple of years and then travelling, Janelle is now well settled into the farming life on their sheep & cropping farm near Darkan. Janelle works primarily on-farm but is also involved with the local Trials Group and does some contract work in the extension of Agricultural R&D. Janelle worked with other local girls to get a branch set up in her town after realising the huge value of the WIFE network.
Carolyn Reid - Boyup Brook - Vice President
Growing up on a developing farm with the most hard working of parents was the best education ever according to Carolyn but she continued it in Perth, graduating from UWA in Industrial Relations and Politics majors and some journalism units at Curtin. Moving to Boyup Brook in 1990 with her husband, they built up a sheep and cropping enterprise together but found it important to maintain involvement in organisations including the Kondinin Group and Australian Open Gardens, as well as a myriad of local community groups as their family grew.
Approaching 30 years farming in the same area and with children going through university and working in agricultural careers, Carolyn has a heightened interest in the future of our rural communities and ensuring they prosper. Carolyn enjoys connecting young agricultural and business students to our industry, exposing them to career ideas, providing farm prac placements and hosting travellers from around the world to spread the agricultural story. Carolyn believes our growing WIFE organisation provides a fantastic forum for women new to farming, to gain knowledge and professional development in farming in a supportive environment and assists their integration into the fabric of our rural communities.
Tina Harding - Ongerup - Secretary
Tina farms with her husband, Wes and his parents, John and Sally on their total cropping property at Ongerup. She trained as a teacher; however has taken a step back from her teaching position at the local school to raise their first child and learn the farm office ropes. Tina enjoys helping out in the paddock and being involved in the office. She enjoys both as a branch member and through her time on the WIFE Committee, networking and learning from other women in farming enterprises.
Sarah Frost - Varley - Treasurer
Sarah farms with her husband Andy on their continuous cropping property at Mount Madden. Managing the farm office, Sarah often ventures out to the paddock whilst also raising their two children. Sarah is an active community member, she has studied for her Level 2 Ambulance Officer volunteer role and coaches junior hockey. A member of Varley WIFE and being able to professionally network with other women in similar farm business situations, Sarah has found it a real bonus in joining WIFE as she now has a number of women she can connect with and learn alongside, in improving all aspects of farming businesses.
Vicky Eckersley - Dryandra - General Committee Member
Vicky and her husband John, farm in Highbury. Vicky met John in 2007 and after four years and clocking up many frequent flyer points, she moved to Australia permanently in 2011. Vicky enjoys the hustle and bustle of a busy mixed farming enterprise and organises the office as well as many on-farm jobs and being Mum to two young children. Previously a physiotherapist in London, her world has made a remarkable change into agriculture, which she has embraced whole-heartedly.
Women in Farming Enterprises (WIFE) has made this transition easy, by allowing the opportunity to meet like-minded peers and opening doors into professional development. Vicky feels the role WIFE plays is so important to rural women in their pursuit of finding self-worth on a farm. It has given her confidence to bring new ideas to the table and be an active member of the decision making team.
Karen Harrington - West Arthur - General Committee Member
Karen married Clinton in 2007 and settled on his home property - a sheep and cropping enterprise in Darkan. They have one son aged seven years. Karen's background is in Agribusiness Finance, having worked as an Agribusiness Manager for ten years. Currently Karen does the farm books and sits on various committees within the community. She enjoys being part of WIFE. " It brings that 'professional' element to my varied duties as a farmer's wife!"
Simone Lansdell - Dryandra - General Committee Member
Simone and her husband Kevin, have been farming at the family home property since 2000 and have three teenage children. With a professional background in child care, having worked as an educator, Centre Coordinator and most recently as a TAFE Lecturer, Simone has currently taken a break from external work to concentrate on the family business. She has many years experience serving on various local community committees, school boards and P & Cs.
In 2017, as succession plans came to fruition, the farming enterprise underwent a split with her husband and his brother and their families. Simone's family started work immediately on a new succession plan to ease the process and encourage open conversation for the next generation. Simone enjoys physical work on the farm, learning new skills, has a keen interest in understanding technology, a keen eye for detail and strives to be compliant with all aspects of the family business.
Yvette Downey - Lakes - General Committee Member
Shaun and Yvette farm 35km North of Lake Grace on their total cropping property. Emigrating from the UK with their three boys in 2002, they settled on the farm with their first crop in 2003. Although not born into a farming family, Shaun was always goong to be a farmer! He worked on farms in the UK and studded Agriculture, set up his own contracting business and met Yvette in 1990. Yvette has trained as a veterinary nurse and worked in pharmaceuticals.
Since arriving in Australia Yvette has worked on the farm primarily in the office implementing Health and Safety and HR procedures and balancing the books! As required at busy times on the farm, she assists with moving vehicles, chasing things up and being the general gofer, while bring up their boys. Yvette has been actively involved in local groups and previously held the position of President of Lakes WIFE.
Anna-Lisa Newman - Varley - Immediate Past President
With a background in Healthcare & Management, Anna-Lisa made the transistion to farm business in 2003. Whilst raising her family of four with husband Craig, Anna-Lisa has had to adapt to the rural environment and learn all the ropes for managing a mixed enterprise farm business. They have been farming independently since 2004 and have enjoyed the challenges, highs and lows of farming and living in a small town. Anna-Lisa was the inaugural President of WIFE Inc and believes it is a brilliant network to tap into if you love farming and farm business. She continues to support the organisation through an active role on WIFE Inc as Immediate Past President.