This month our member in focus is our wonderful new Executive Officer Kylie Boston. Kylie has vast experience including 30 years experience working with Non-for-Profit Organisations, Businesses, Boards and Committees managing projects, events and acting as a company secretary for organisations such as Top Pork, DairySA, the International Red Dairy Breed Federation to name a few.
1/ Who is Kylie?
I grew up on Eyre Peninsula, before attending boarding school in Adelaide then the University of Adelaide. My first job was in Naracoorte where I meet a local and have since spent the rest of my life in the South East! My home is out Yahl on a small rural lifestyle property with my husband and two children. Proudly my eldest daughter is about to embark on her uni life in Adelaide! I’m also excited that my son loves farming, he’s looking at this as career options
2/ What are the main professional areas you have worked in over the years?
Over thirty years of experience working as an Agricultural Consultant, Project Manager, Event Co-ordinator, Facilitator, Extension Officer for DairySA. A Research Scientist and Agronomist for Primary Industries and Resources SA (Struan, Kybybolite and Keith) and Private Enterprises (Gambier Farm Supplies, South Pacific Seeds and Horizon Farming) and as an Agriculture Lecturer and Chemcert Trainer for TAFE SA.
Currently, I am Company Secretary of TOP Pork Pty Ltd; and a Councillor at the District Council of Grant, I enjoy supporting our local community. I own a 4-hectare farm and run cattle and have grown vegetable seed crops.
I’m also excited about my new role as Executive Officer for WiBRD and am looking forward to working with like-minded women across the Limestone Coast.
3/ What is the biggest challenge you have faced professionally or personally?
Taking the risk to start my own business, the uncertainty and confidence to do this as success is always an unknown and failure is scary! Having a great network around you is the key and not being afraid to use this network. I love the saying it takes a village to raise a child, I believe this “village” important through all aspects of our lives both professionally and personally.
4/ What is your favourite place to visit in the Limestone Coast & Western Victoria area?
We love caravanning, spare time is spent exploring all the great places throughout the limestone coast and western Vic! The favourite place hard to pinpoint, but any of our coastal caravan parks are fabulous!
5/ Do you have any recommendations for our members to take away?
The vision of WiBRD to champion regional women as leaders and change-makers is something I have inspired throughout my career and I strongly believe in giving women leadership capacity to present a strong regional voice. I sincerely hope that throughout my career I am inspiring the next leaders in our community.
Community is my passion, I believe is important to support our local communities this involvement is so rewarding!