To bring the Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions strategy to life, we engaged women working both in Primary Industries and Regions South Australian (PIRSA) and the agribusiness sector.
These talented and committed women are sharing their expertise, insights and leadership to help achieve the outcomes of the strategy. They are passionate about the impact they have through the work they do.
Lucy & Rebecca Willson
Bremerton Wines is in the safe hands of the Willson sisters, with Marketing Manager Lucy as custodian of the company brand and Winemaker Rebecca responsible for all things production.
Natalie is co-owner of Euromina Holdings PL, a cropping and livestock business in the Mid-North.
As head of Food South Australia, the state’s peak body for local growers, producers and manufacturers, Catherine takes every opportunity to advocate on behalf of the food industry.
As the Research and Liaison Officer with the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association in Port Lincoln, Claire is passionate about her role in SA’s developing aquaculture industry.
Whether she’s donning workboots to check the health of vines in the field or putting on a lab coat to examine the DNA of grape pests, Mary Retallack’s focus is advancing SA’s wine sector.
Sue is winemaker/creator of Bellwether winery at the historic Glen Roy Woolshed in Coonawarra, where she makes complex wines using traditional methods with classic and emerging grape varieties.
Pat Hamilton says she has the best of jobs as President of the National Rural Women’s Coalition, working with amazing, awe-inspiring rural, remote and regional women who are taking agriculture to new levels.
As CEO of Potatoes South Australia, Robbie heads the organisation that represents the biggest potato-producing region in the country.
At the University of Adelaide, Anna tests what consumers do and don't like about food and drink products. She works closely with local producers and her work helps drive innovation and exports, taking South Australia's premium produce to the world.
Annmarie uses her background in spatial sciences, consulting and project management to implement and lead innovative project and program solutions, focused on achieving business improvement, performance and strategic outcomes.
Celia and her team are the Sherlock Holmeses of the Biosecurity Animal Health Unit of PIRSA. They detect and deal with exotic or dangerous animal diseases that enter South Australia.
Jane is Communications Manager for Viterra and Glencore Grain – both significant agribusinesses in South Australia and nationally.
From her home on a farm in the Clare Valley, Katherine manages both Pangkarra Foods, producer of premium grain-based products, and Lightbulb Media & Marketing, a niche PR business with a food, events and rural bent.
Laboratory work, designing experiments, supervising students and writing grant applications, Kelly’s work as Senior Research Officer at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) is all that and more.
Kris transformed failed cheesemaking business Woodside Cheese Wrights into a thriving business – now one of the most respected artisan cheese producers in the country.
Penny is co-owner and manager of Schulz Livestock, a sheep and beef farming operation in the Upper South East.She consults to the dairy, beef and sheep industries, and teaches in agricultural consulting at the University of New England.
As CEO of the Apple and Pear Growers Association of SA, Susie is both spokeswoman and go-to person. She’s the industry’s chief advocate and plays a pivotal role in planning and implementing strategy.
Qifeng leads a research team at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) that studies the ecology of fish and aquatic plants in South Australia’s inland waters, including the River Murray.
Ulli is co-founder, proprietor and managing director of B.-d. Farm Paris Creek Pty. Ltd., producers of award-winning premium biodynamic-organic dairy products.
Amy works for the Forestry Division of Primary Industries and Regions SA, preparing Ministerial briefings on projects and issues and using her knowledge and experience to provide the team with industry perspectives and technical information.
Josie runs a native tree revegetation business in the South East, manages the stock side of the family farm and organises and hosts horse schools.
Sheryl manages crews contracted to harvest timber and build roads for a Mount Gambier-based forest management company.
Wendy is managing director and co-owner of Fennell Forestry, one of the biggest timber harvest and transport companies in South Australia's Green Triangle.