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Rebekah Frankcombe

Joined TWiA - I became a member in 2019. I joined the board at the AGM 2019

Location - Upper Mt Hicks, Tasmania

Regional Group - North West

Occupation - Dairy Herd Assistant Manager 

How did you become involved in the rural industry? - I was brought up on our family mixed farming operation in Upper Mt Hicks

What do you love about being a member of TWiA? - I was the recipient of the MORLP Leadership Scholarship in 2019. The support and networking that comes from being involved. I enjoy working with inviting, informative, thriving and exciting women.  Some of the best life teachings come don't come from textbooks, they come from listening and being involved. From a foundation perspective these networks are going to be paramount in the coming decades in the agricultural sector.


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Belinda Hazell

Joined TWiA - Too long ago, I can't remember! 

Location - Sandford, Tasmania

Regional Group - Southern

Occupation - Principal Consultant at Optimum Standard

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? - I lived on a small family farm and worked for an apple export business before living and working on our own mixed horticultural and beef enterprise in the Huon Valley from 1990.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? - Connections with vibrant women who are passionate and proud of their roles in primary industry. I learn and gain energy from every member I meet. 

Emeritus Chair

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Sigrid Nelson

Joined TWiA - Early 2018…I had invited Fiona Stocker to a community event I’d organised, chatted with her about TWiA, bought “A place in the Stockyard” from her & she suggested I join.

Location -  Kayena/Rowella, Tasmania

Regional Group - West Tamar

Occupation - Retired German/French teacher

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? - We moved to Tasmania in 2013 and a handful of sheep came with the small property we bought. We continue to raise lambs, but our rural living is really about being as self-sufficient as possible.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? - The opportunity it’s given me to meet so many interesting, friendly & enthusiastic people from such a wide range of agricultural fields and learn so much from them.


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Derani Power

Joined TWiA - Became a member in 2017 and joined the board in 2018

Location -  Hillwood, Tasmania

Regional Group - East Tamar

Occupation - Agribusiness Manager

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? - I grew up on a mixed cropping and livestock farm at Cressy after moving from a Smithton dairy farm when I was 4.  In 2012 my employer gave me the opportunity to move into an assistant manager position that predominantly looked after agriculture clients.  Then in 2016 had the opportunity to step up to the Agribusiness manager role, helping established and new farmers grow their business in line with their financial goals.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? - Meeting all the wonderful and inspirational people that have input and influence in the Tasmanian Rural sector and hearing their amazing stories as to how and why they are doing what they are doing.  I have learnt so much and am inspired by how adaptable, entrepreneurial and resilient the women are I have met since joining TWiA.


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Linda Groombridge

Joined TWiA - I became a member in February 2014 at the AGM

Location - Kettering, Tasmania

Regional Group - Huon Valley

Occupation - Office Admin/Quality Control Manager at Trial Bay Orchards

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? - I married an apple grower in 1987, I didn’t work in the family business until after our children were born, I have been working full-time doing everything from the orchard to the packing shed for over 20 years.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? - The chance to meet other rural women, the farm and study tours where we get an insight into the many diverse agricultural endeavours, and the opportunity to learn from some very inspirational and amazing women.

Executive Member

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Lesley Pyecroft

Joined TWiA - 2020 but this is my second time 

Location -  Perth, Tasmania

Regional Group - Midlands

Occupation - Registered Nurse and Midwife at LGH, Manager at Hagley Farm School

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? - I studied a Diploma of Agriculture and became a wool classer. I then continued my studies to receive a Bachelor of Agriculture. I have always wanted to be involved in farming and love rural life. 

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? - The friendships and networking. I love being an advocate for women in agriculture and being involved in the future of agriculture in Tasmania

Executive Member

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Chris Bishop

Joined TWiA - I became a member in 2020 and joined the board in 2021

Location - Beaupre Farm, Lymington, Tasmania

Regional Group
- Southern Tasmania

Occupation - Clinical Epidemiologist/Evaluation Consultant and Goat Farmer

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry?
- New to farming. Returned to Australia in 2019 and are establishing our Boer Goat stud, accommodation business and gradually improving the soils on our 40-acre property using regenerative farming methods.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? - Being connected and inspired by rural women who are passionate about promoting the recognition and contribution of women in agriculture.

Executive Member

Deb Morice

Joined TWiA – too long ago to remember, but I was on the first gathering committee at Scottsdale in 1994

Location – East Parkham

Occupation – We run a beef property - have 100 breeding Angus cows and we have an ag contracting business with our son Marcus.

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? - Born on a dairy farm at Meander, shared dairy farming with Greig my husband for 22 years at Montana, Derby and Rushy Lagoon before we purchased Greig’s family farm here at Parkham.  Worked off the farm at Ashgrove, Fonterra, and now Tasfoods.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? - . I value the friendships, learnings and connection made in my time with TWIA - it has been a big part of who I am today. The Marcus Oldham Leadership Program was the best thing I did and a turning point in my life with the decisions I made after the course. I would like to give back to the organization & agriculture some of the skills learnt in this time and support all agricultural women in all their endeavors.

Executive Member

Rachel Marshall

Joined TWiA - I joined TWIA in early 2020

Location - Launceston

Occupation - I work for WFI Insurance as the Area Manager for Northern Tasmania I relocated to Launceston in Feb 2020 for the role after 15 years in Hobart in another part of the business.

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? - I grew up in regional Qld & I have always been in and around the rural industry. I come from a long line of practical & “get things done” rural women and growing up in Qld I watched my family of farmers, horticulturalists and business owners always making time to give time volunteering and championing for their communities in different ways.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? - .  Having a cuppa, sharing stories, tasks and ideas are synonymous with country women and one of the reasons I love TWIA.  It’s an intrinsic part of a woman’s DNA to want to share knowledge and support other women. I look forward to helping where I can with TWIA and meeting and encouraging new members and the faithful stalwarts who have pioneered TWIA.

Executive Member

Di Barr

Joined TWiA – joined TWiA & the board in Feb 2021

Location - Kayena

Occupation/ involvement in the Rural Industry? - I am not a producer, but I have recently been Team Leader for the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program. During that time, I came to appreciate the importance of agriculture to economies, community livelihoods and societal wellbeing.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? - TWIA supports women to network and encourages them to share knowledge and innovations, and importantly, supports women through difficult times & should continue and strengthen this role.

Executive Member