Mandy Cooper

Joined TWiA - I became a member in 2016 and joined the board in 2017

Location - Willmores Bluff, Rowella, Tasmania

Regional Group - West Tamar

Occupation - Pharmacist and Farmer

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? - I was brought up on a mixed farm at Nunamara and currently farm 500 acres at Rowella with my husband Carl.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? - l enjoy feeling connected to and supported by other rural women.

Chair

Larna Pittiglio

Joined TWiA - Soon after I arrived in Tasmania in 2013/14. I joined the board in May 2019.

Location - Ross, Northern Midlands

Regional Group - Midlands

Occupation - I have a catering business called Grazing Tasmania

How did you become involved in the rural industry? - Initially it was through wanting to cook all the great Tasmanian produce that is available.  I started to build direct relationships with farmers who were supplying amazing produce. Certainly some of the best I had ever worked with. We now live on a large rural farm in the Midlands and farm for self-sufficiency and lifestyle.

What do you love about being a member of TWiA? - Constant inspiration!  Having a constant resource of amazing women involved in all aspects of agriculture to call on. Also, I love having the ability to give back to women who are the backbone of our Ag industry by advocating for them and sharing what skills I have to support them.

Vice Chair | Membership & Regional Groups Co-ordinator

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.

Vice Chair | Events

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.

Secretary

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.

Treasurer

Ella Anderson

Joined TWiA - 2018 (I think)

Location - Mayberry, Northern Tasmania

Regional Group - Meander Valley

Occupation - Manager at the family’s beef property Circular Ponds Farming & a Clinical Psychologist

How did you become involved in the rural industry? -I grew up on my parents dairy farm along with my brother.  We made the decision to transition to beef cattle in 2010 which has allowed me to work off farm, though all I want to do these days is get back to farming full-time.  We breed Gelbvieh and Murray Grey cattle, and I manage the breeding side of the business alongside my family, I’m also involved in the Gelbvieh Association through our stud cattle and the Cattle Council of Australia. 

What do you love about being a member of TWiA? - Meeting a diverse range of passionate women who are doing amazing things within the agriculture sector and having a fantastic opportunity to learn from them. 

Marketing & Communications

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

Lesley Pyecroft

Joined TWiA -2020 but this is my second time

Location -  Perth, Tasmania

Regional Group - Midlands

Occupation - Registered Nurse and Midwife at LGH and currently teaching at Tas Tafe for Primary Industries

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

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Executive Member

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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