WIFE Inc Committee 2017

The WIFE Inc Committee is elected each year at the AGM, usually held in April.  WIFE Inc steers the organisation, aids its growth through supporting WIFE branches, administers the financial business of the organisation and assists the host branch with organising the Annual Seminar. 

Anna-Lisa Newman - Varley - President
With a background in Healthcare & Management, Anna-Lisa made the transistion to farm business in 2003. Whilst raising her family of four with husband Craig, Anna-Lisa has had to adapt to the rural environment and learn all the ropes for managing a mixed enterprise farm business. They have been farming independently since 2004 and have enjoyed the challenges, highs and lows of farming and living in a small town. Anna-Lisa has relished creating WIFE with the below Committee, it is a brilliant network to tap into if you love farming and farm business. 

Janelle South - Darkan - Vice President

While studying Animal Science at UWA, Janelle met her (now) husband Paul and decided to redirect her study towards Agriculture. After working off farm for a couple of years and then travelling, Janelle is now well settled into the farming life on their sheep & cropping farm near Darkan. Janelle works primarily on-farm but is also involved with the local Trials Group and does some contract work in the extension of Agricultural R&D.  Janelle worked with other local girls to get a branch set up in her town after realizing the huge value of the WIFE network and is currently enjoying the role of Chair within the West Arthur WIFE branch.

Vicky Eckersley - Wagin - Secretary

Vicky and her husband John, farm in Highbury. Vicky met John in 2007 and after four years and clocking up many frequent flyer points, she moved to Australia permanently in 2011. Vicky enjoys the hustle and bustle of a busy mixed farming enterprise and organises the office as well as many on-farm jobs and being Mum to two young children.  Previously a physiotherapist in London, her world has made a remarkable change into agriculture, which she has embraced whole-heartedly.
Women in Farming Enterprises (WIFE) has made this transition easy, by allowing the opportunity to meet  like-minded peers and opening doors into professional development. Vicky feels the role WIFE plays is so important to rural women in their pursuit of finding self-worth on a farm. It has given her confidence to bring new ideas to the table and be an active member of the decision making team. 

​​Sarah Frost - Mount Madden - Treasurer 

Sarah  farms with her husband Andy on their continuous cropping property at Mount Madden. Managing the farm office, Sarah often ventures out to the paddock whilst also raising their two children. Sarah is an active community member, she has studied for her Level 2 Ambulance Officer volunteer role and coaches junior hockey. Currently chair of Varley WIFE  and being able to professionally network with other women in similar farm business situations, Sarah has found it a real bonus in  joining WIFE as she now has a number of women she can connect with and learn alongside, in improving all aspects of farming businesses. 

Nadine McMorran - Dowerin - General Committee Member

Nadine grew up in Goomalling – only 23 kms away from where she now lives with her husband Josh and three beautiful girls! Nadine and Josh farm the mixed cereals and cattle property with Josh’s parents, Rob and Jen.These days Nadine is actively involved in the farm business, managing the office and assisting in the paddock when needed. This she has done for over 10 years. She is active in the numerous committees associated with activities that her girls are involved with and given her background in event management, brings handy skills to these groups. 

Having been Dowerin Field Days Event Coordinator for seven years, Nadine now holds a role which sees her actively involved with Dowerin Field Days as current Deputy Chair of the Board and undertaking office work when needed. Her passion for the rural sector, in particular the role women play in current farm businesses, led Nadine to initiating Dowerin WIFE. Having enjoyed her WIFE adventure so far, she is looking forward to furthering this involvement through be a part of the WIFE Inc Committee.

Tina Harding - Ongerup - General Committee Member

Tina farms with her husband, Wes and his parents, John and Sally on their total cropping property at Ongerup.            She trained as a teacher; however has taken a step back from her teaching position at the local school to raise their first child and learn the farm office ropes. Tina enjoys helping out in the paddock and being involved in the office. She looks forward to networking and learning from other women in farming enterprises during her time on the WIFE Committee.

Sonia Addis - Cranbrook - General Committee Member

Sonia  farms with her husband Mark on their cropping and predominantly sheep property west of Cranbrook. They have five children aged between twenty two and fourteen. All enjoy the farming life especially the summer holidays when everyone’s home from boarding school and university, Sonia loves the noise, laughter and busyness of everyone home and working together. Although always  having helped out on the farm when she can, Sonia has mostly devoted her time and energies to raising the children.
Now the children are older, Sonia does the farm books and in school terms one and four, runs swimming lessons out of the home pool. Through this she has met many lovely young mums, many of whom are in WIFE. Sonia joined Cranbrook WIFE and was secretary in its inaugural year. WIFE is life changing according to Sonia -  "It’s a wonderful organisation which has connected so many women in our area, thank you and well done to the amazing women who started WIFE."

Karen Harrington - West Arthur - General Committee Member

Karen married  Clinton in 2007 and settled on his home property - a sheep and cropping enterprise in Darkan. They 
have one son aged seven years. Karen's background is in Agribusiness Finance, having worked as an Agribusiness Manager for ten years. Currently Karen does the farm books and sits on various committees within the community. She enjoys being part of WIFE. " It brings that 'professional' element to my varied duties as a farmer's wife!"

Carolyn Reid - Boyup Brook - General Committee Member

Growing up on a developing farm with the most hard working of parents was the best education ever according to Carolyn but she continued it in Perth, graduating from UWA in Industrial Relations and Politics majors and some journalism units at Curtin.  Moving to Boyup Brook in 1990 with her husband, they built up a sheep and cropping enterprise together but found it important to maintain involvement in organisations including the Kondinin Group and Australian Open Gardens, as well as a myriad of local community groups as their family grew.

Approaching 30 years farming in the same area and with children going through university and working in agricultural careers,  Carolyn has a heightened interest in the future of our rural communities and ensuring they prosper.  Carolyn enjoys connecting young agricultural and business students to our industry, exposing them to career ideas, providing farm prac placements and hosting travellers from around the world to spread the agricultural story.Carolyn believes our growing WIFE organisation provides a fantastic forum for women new to farming, to gain knowledge and professional development in farming in a supportive environment and assists their integration into the fabric of our rural communities.