I grew up on a wheat and sheep farm in Northampton, from a very young age I was dad’s shadow, following him around whenever I could. Even now my heart and soul is in the land, when I jump in my car and get out of the city I instantly breathe a sigh of relief. As many country kids did, I went to boarding school, I didn’t know it at the time, but the lasting friendships I made at boarding school would open doors and create networks for me professionally as an adult. After finishing school, the first job I received was selling media subscriptions in Australia and abroad, this launched my sales career. After returning back to Australia I dabbled in various industries across hospitality, finance, and retail, continuing to build on my sales experience.
Eventually I married a farmer and we made our home in Dandaragan, together we farmed, had four beautiful children, and built the Cervantes Tavern. Time passed, and after 11 years of marriage, and moving back to the city to raise the kids, I obtained my real estate registration and started in residential sales, eventually I sold more lifestyle properties, and finally rural. Without realising it the networks, connections, experience farming coupled with my experience in sales lead me to successfully finding my niche in rural real estate.
I find the Elders network allows me the freedom of getting in and getting the job done, I enjoy working with down to earth people, the comradery and working together as a team. As a female rural real estate representative for over 14 years I have seen a shift in perceptions in the way females are impacting in agriculture, daughters are taking over the farms, I see more women in agronomy and farmers are working smarter not harder. I see a bright future for women in agriculture, we can be mothers, working professionals, farmers, innovators, and entrepreneurs, I truly believe that women are an integral part of agriculture, with an abundant mentality we can all benefit from what the industry has to offer and also what we can offer the industry.