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Mentor partnership builds skills

Published on 24 Jul 2020

A national mentoring program to increase the number of women in agricultural leadership positions pairs 12 aspiring women leaders with experienced mentors for six months to help them build their skills and confidence.

Now in its third year, the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Mentoring Program developed and delivered by the National Farmers Federation (NFF) is supported by Prime Super.

Diana Fear - CEO, Central West Farming Systems

CEO of Central West Farming Systems (CWFS), Diana Fear, is one of the mentees in the program. The CWFS is a not-for-profit, independent farming systems research, development and extension organisation and Diana has been its CEO for 2 years. Diana's mentor is Prime Super's General Manager Strategy, George Kogios.

"I am always wanting to improve my leadership skills and this program looked really interesting," said Diana.

"This is a great opportunity for someone like me who lives in a small rural town in the centre of NSW. I look forward to using this experience to give back to the industry in the future."

Women make up 41 % of the workforce in the agriculture industry, only 18 % have management roles. The NFF introduced the program three years ago as part of a broader strategy to double the number of women in agricultural leadership and increase farm gate output to $100 billion by 2030.*

With experience in corporate governance, strategic planning and financial management, this is the second year that George has been a mentor for the program.

"I am very happy to show Prime Super's commitment to the community in this role," he said.

"I enjoy mentoring people and have had lots of mentors myself over my career. I am more than happy to share my experiences and resources."

*National Farmers Federation, 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Mentoring Program, May 2020