Belinda Hazell

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

Location: Sandford (Southern Tasmania)

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. 

Chair | Public Officer

Mandy Cooper

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

Location: Willmores Bluff, Rowella, Tasmania.

Occupation: Part-time rural liaison pharmacist at the University of Tasmania and full-time sheep 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 Elect

Samantha Sullivan

Joined TWiA: 2017

Location: Launceston

Occupation: I joined TP Jones in 2012 as Marketing & Comms Manager

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? I became involved when I was hired by TP Jones.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? As a previous MORLP TWIA scholarship recipient, I have experienced first hand the opportunities TWIA creates for women working in the agribusiness sector. It is my honor to now be involved in an organisation that promotes such amazing opportunities to women in the Agribusiness sector.  

Vice Chair | Marketing & Communications | Training Co-ordinator

Derani Power

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Treasurer

Linda Groombridge

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

Location: Kettering, Tasmania

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.

Major Events Co-ordinator | Executive Member

Larna Pittiglio

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

Location - Ross, Northern 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.

Membership & Regional Groups Co-ordinator | Executive Member

Ella Anderson

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Marketing & Communications | Executive Member

Sophie Murfitt

Joined TWiA: 2016

Location: Nareeb, Victoria

Occupation: Area Representative for ProWay Livestock Equipment

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? I moved up to NSW to work on a farm after I finished school.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? The connections you make with like minded people. 

Executive Member

Emily Triffitt

Joined TWiA: March 2019

Location: Evandale, Tasmania

Occupation: Research and Extension Officer at Southern Farming Systems (SFS)

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? After completing year 12, I decided to study Ag at the University of Tasmania and fell in love with the industry. I moved to NSW in 2018 to work with a corporate broadacre cropping company, and whilst I loved wide open spaces, Tasmania was always home. I moved back and started working with SFS in my current role and haven't looked back since!

What do you love about being a member of TWiA? I am so excited to become involved with such a range of vibrant and inspiring women, from a range of backgrounds, and hopefully shape the future of women in ag. 

Executive Member

Jess Downie

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Rebekah Francombe

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