CONFERENCE DINNER SPEAKER
Catherine has always worked in rural Australia and is inspired by the potential of our regions. She uses her Rural Science degree to understand the technical aspects of agriculture, while her experience in business helps her improve stakeholder engagement, build leadership and improve
These skills have helped Catherine build national and international relationships through on the ground project delivery, including developing the first ever International Rural Women’s Mentoring
Program between farming women from Australia and Indonesia. She is passionate about living and learning and sharing her knowledge and experiences with others.
Catherine has worked as a nutrition and feedlot consultant in the Live Export Industry, developed a women’s specific leadership and communication program under her company Influential Women and more recently was the founding CEO of the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association. She is now the WA Manager for the CRC for Northern Australia and a director on a number of boards.
Catherine is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was the 2012 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Recipient and the National Runner-up.
In her spare time, Catherine loves cycling, horse riding, travel and exploring the outback. She is part of the Signature Tour for “Tour De Cure” in April/May this year and is cycling 1100kms in 8 days to raise vital funds for cancer research and support for families currently suffering.
We are extremely excited to introduce you to Stephanie Tarlinton, our Conference Dinner Speaker.
Stephanie grew up as a 5th generation dairy farmers daughter near Cobargo on the NSW Far South Coast. Following in her family's agricultural footsteps Stephanie studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management and has worked primarily in the dairy industry in both NSW and WA. Giving back to rural communities has always been a passion of hers, volunteering her time and knowledge to assist farmers in developing countries. Travel has enriched Stephanie's life, experiences such as hand milking buffalo in remote India, teaching children about growing vegetables in Ghana and mentoring farming women in East Java, handing picking blueberries in Japan have all broaden her horizons.
Stephanie's path has been driven by a strong sense of curiosity, an acute observation of detail, and the drive to discover what lies past the farm gate in terms of personal identity. This has lead Stephanie to her current study of a Bachelor of Design in a quest to join further dots between our environments and our identity.
Her current role as a full time freelance creative, based in Melbourne working primarily in fashion, food and events allows her every opportunity to identity her signature. Stephanie will give us a raw, honest and humble narrative of her path from dairy to down town Melbourne.
Kate Carnell - Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
Ombudsman, having run her own small businesses for 15 years before becoming ACT Chief Minister in 1995 for a five year period.
Prior to her appointment as the inaugural ASBFEO, Kate held the position of CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represents more than 300,000 businesses across Australia. She has also served two years as CEO of beyondblue, four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, four years as CEO of the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) and three years as CEO of the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI). Kate is a pharmacist by profession and was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the first female to become the National VicePresident of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
Kate was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to the community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.
Sandra Ireson - winner of the 2017 NSW-ACT AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award
and agricultural animal health industry in sales and marketing.
She has been a major driver of community events in the Hay region combining agriculture, tourism and education – with one of her successes being instigating and coordinating the Booligal Sheep Races, which will be celebrating its 20th year on 14 April 2018.
Sandra has a keen interest in developing pathways for younger generations to gain a start in primary industries. In 2014 she co-developed the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program to address the challenge of markedly reduced numbers of young people entering or staying in agriculturally dependent communities.
Sandra is also passionate about creating leadership and networking opportunities for women. She is involved with the National Rural Women’s Coalition where she is of one of nine regional, rural and remote women from throughout Australia coordinating the group’s communication network.
Sandra was awarded 2017 NSW/ACT Agrifutures Rural Womens Award winner, where she is building on the success of the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program by developing an adaptable model called “Engage Ag” – creating opportunities for a career in agriculture - promoting the initiative to other rural communities and industry.
leadership, communication, business and strategic planning, facilitation skills, mentoring, adoption and extension and farm succession.
She has Masters in Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture, Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessment. Jeanette is accredited to deliver the Myers Briggs, Type Indicator is a certified coach and trained facilitator. She has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma.
Jeanette works with her husband Bill in their business, Ag Consulting Co and is involved in family farming businesses at Undalya in the Mid North and Butler and Tooligie Hill on Eyre Peninsula.
Hannah Wandel - Founder and CEO of Country to Canberra
Under her leadership, Country to Canberra is successfully delivering education and career opportunities to young women across rural Australia. Hannah has a passion for ambitious ideas and innovative problem solving, which led her to being named one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ by the Australian Financial Review/Westpac in 2015. She was also a 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year Finalist, a 2015 Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation Scholarship winner, a 2014 Great Ydeas winner and won the 2017 Edna Ryan Award for her outstanding efforts in the field of Education. She has been a speaker at TEDxYouth, and recently won the prestigious 2017 National Emerging Leader Award from the Institute of Managers and Leaders.
Hannah is also a Board Director at YWCA Canberra, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and is the youngest ever Director of the National Rural Women’s Coalition – Australia’s peak body for regional women. She works full time as a Social Policy Adviser at the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, and prior to that, worked at the Department of Defence and as a broadcast journalist. She is a media commentator about gender, youth, and rural affairs and presents at events around Australia. Hannah has a double degree in Law (Honours) and Media from the University of Adelaide.
Alexandra Gartmann - CEO and Manager Director of Rural Bank
a charitable foundation based on a partnership between philanthropy, community, government and business supporting the economic prosperity of rural, regional and remote communities across Australia. Prior to this, Ms Gartmann held the position of CEO of the Birchip Cropping Group for 10 years — a not-for-profit agricultural research organisation based in the Mallee Wimmera region.
She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership and a member of the Victorian Agriculture Advisory Council. Alexandra was previously a member of the Board of the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria and was Chair of the CSIRO Agriculture Advisory Council until 2017. She has been a member of the Crawford Fund, National Rural Advisory Council, LaTrobe Uni Regional Advisory Board and RIRDC National Rural Issues Consultative Group. She continues to be a champion for rural and regional Australia.
international clients including family businesses, SMEs, not for profits and large corporate enterprises.
Bianca’s practice includes mergers and acquisitions, inbound investment and foreign investment approvals, business structuring and succession, private fundraising, corporate governance and general corporate and commercial advice. She has a wealth of transactional experience, often negotiating and facilitating a large variety of business and asset sales and purchases. In addition to her legal expertise, Bianca draws upon her accounting, corporate governance, risk management and other practical commercial skills to add real value to her clients and their businesses.
Bianca is passionate about contributing to, and promoting, the success of South Australia’s food and agribusiness sectors and has been actively involved in these sectors for many years, in both her capacity as a legal professional and as a supporter of a number of industry bodies and initiatives. She is also a committee member of Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market Inc and a board member of Potatoes South Australia Inc.