New Board Member Announced for Women in Business & Regional Development

Women in Business and Regional Development are excited to announce the appointment of one new board member following their Annual General Meeting on Monday 16th November.

Danielle England is a recognised leader within Australian agriculture and is an extension specialist with AgInnovate, a business that links farmers, researchers, consultants and agribusiness to enable change in the industry. Bringing with her over 20 years of experience, Danielle holds a Bachelor of Agribusiness and a Graduate Diploma in Rural Systems Management, she is also a member of the Australian institute of company directors.

Danielle is also a farm business partner at ‘Black island’ a 640 hectare wool and cropping property near Keilira via Kingston. Danielle was a recipient of the 2020 WiBRD entrepreneurial scholarship with her business ‘Black Island Produce’ which grows seasonal vegetables for delivery across South Australia’s Limestone Coast and is a recipient of the 2019 Ag Institute Award of Excellence and was the 2013 West Australian RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year among many other notable achievements.

The announcement of Danielle comes as Liz Rymill resigned from her position on the Board to dedicate more time to her family and other pursuits. At the AGM, Chair of WiBRD, Jacinta Jones acknowledged Liz for her invaluable contribution to WiBRD during her tenure as a Board member.  “Liz joined the WiBRD board in 2019 and has been instrumental in supporting the board to develop their updated strategic direction. Her passion for ensuring the network are vigilant in their regional focus is a legacy to be proud of and will be a driving force of the network for many years to come.” In response to Jacinta’s comments, Liz thanked WiBRD, and congratulated the Board on its direction and looks forward to continuing to be involved in the network in the future.

The current Board now consists of Jacinta Jones, Managing Director of Blue Lake Homes who will continue in her role as Chair, Cathy Beckman of Salts of the Earth Mt Gambier as Deputy Chair, Harriet Keatley of Nutrien Keatley as Treasurer, Nicole Reschke of Koonara Wines, Toni Vorenas of Metro Bakery and Cafe, Ebony Moulden of Bersee Legal and Danielle England of AgInnovate and Black Island Produce.

In her Chairman’s address, Jacinta Jones also recognised the numerous achievements of the network over the past 12 months, in particular, she congratulated the Board on their active contribution to the pivoting of WiBRD as it adapted to the COVID-19 climate. “We have emerged from the current landscape in a strong position thanks to the organisation’s commitment to our continuous development, innovation, strategy and improvement to our underlying processes which will support the sustainability of the Women in Business & Regional Development’s future.”

Women in Business & Regional Development (WiBRD) are a not for profit organisation based in the Limestone Coast and Western Victorian region with a vision to champion regional women as leaders and change-makers. As one of the regions highest profile member-based organisations, Women in Business & Regional Development have supported and developed the capabilities of regional women for over 22 years.

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