Meet the Board

WE ARE GOVERNED BY A VOLUNTEER BOARD, ELECTED BY THE RRR NETWORK OF WA MEMBERSHIP

2022 RRR Board

Chair

Sarah Lang – Busselton

Chair

Sarah is based in Busselton and is extremely passionate about growing rural and regional communities and understands the importance of driving economic prosperity in regional towns having grown up on a beef and sheep farm in regional Victoria.

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Sarah has over 16 years’ experience in Banking and Finance. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Management & Marketing) from Swinburne University in Melbourne & Diploma of Finance & Mortgage Broking Management. Sarah has extensive experience in cash flow management & modelling, financial analytics, risk management, benchmarking and financial modelling.

Sarah now consults to regional businesses via her own business Sarah Lang Consulting, supporting them to develop robust, sustainable growth strategies, cash flow planning and provides finance broking services. Sarah is a strong supporter of regional economic prosperity and primarily works with rural and regional clients. Sarah was instrumental in developing ‘Introduction to Financial Markets for Rural Women’ program in WA which aims to increase the financial knowledge of rural women to enable them to make better business decisions. She was featured in a previous issue of RRR Network news.

Naomi Evans – Perth

Secretary

Naomi grew up in the Pilbara and lived in the region for over 35 years, it is definitely the place she calls home. Naomi has a strong commitment to ensuring women across all regions in WA feel connected and empowered to be the best they can.

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Naomi has over 15 years’ experience working in regional communities across the resource sector and telecommunications industry. Through working with corporate organisations such as Woodside Energy, Shell Australia, Telstra and nbn Naomi understands the importance of engagement with regional communities and has the ability to build strong relationships and deliver mutually beneficial outcomes for communities. Through her role on the RRR Network board Naomi hopes to bring together all perspectives about living and working in regional communities and increasing the social and economic well-being of regional women.

Secretary

Treasurer

Alys McKeough – Carnarvon

Treasurer

Alys grew up in Melbourne and after travelling rural Australia – Nurse meets a Farmer – she has been here for 9 years and cannot imagine being anywhere else.

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Alys lives on and runs a beef cattle business with her husband Harry and three children (8, 9 and 12) at Carey Downs Station in the Gascoyne.

Having had a city upbringing Alys believes the opportunities for rural women abound.

She is a Registered Nurse and still practises, she also has a background in business and management.

Alys is currently a Gascoyne Development Commission Board member, Shire Councillor with the Upper Gascoyne, Secretary of the Upper Gascoyne Land Conservation District Committee, Past Vice President and current committee member of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association and hold various committee positions within our local community and region.

Having attended the RRR Entrepreneurs Program and “Stronger” Conference in the past year and seeing the amazing ideas and energy of rural people she would like to be able to share this. As a board member Alys brings past experience, she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and most of all has a love for regional Australia and the people who live here.

Fleur Thompson – Geraldton

Board member

Fleur is a Purpose Coach based in Geraldton, Western Australia, who grew up on a mixed enterprise property in the northern wheatbelt, right on the edge of pastoral country.

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Fleur experienced the challenges of drought, family dynamics and isolation first hand on her family farm, along with the joys of farm-life, freedom and the bush.

After studying science at University and roles with the Department of Agriculture in WA she returned to the family farm. She ran a successful, national award winning, nature-based farm tourism business for six years before becoming a Rural Financial Counsellor in 2008 (following two back to back extremely dry seasons in WA) and worked with farmers and pastoralists in financial stress. Fleur experienced the resilience of rural people and the heartbreak of loss in this job and created her own life coaching business in 2010 specialising in purpose as a pathway to facilitate change.

Fleur has a Bachelor of Applied Science from JCU in North Queensland, is a qualified NLP Practitioner, and has a Diploma of Coaching and a Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling).

Fleur specialises with regional, rural and remote people (in particular women on farms and stations and living in rural communities) and finding ways to combat isolation, anxiety and overwhelm by enabling them to turn their energy into a powerful force for good in the world. She believes that women in rural communities who are connected, know how to nurture and care for themselves, and have solid foundations that allow them to move beyond survival mode, are the first to notice when anyone in their community is not okay. And when they have purpose and connection to others, can and will do great things – including having solid relationships and teamwork with their men, and everyone in their communities.

Fleur runs her own business (Fleur Porter- Purpose Coach), is married to her favourite Agronomist and is mother and stepmother to six children.

Vice Chair

Elizabeth Brennan - Perth/Boorloo, Whadjuk Noongar country

Board member

Having lived in Papua New Guinea and the WA Wheatbelt, Elizabeth has a unique insight into global food systems and extensive experience in fresh produce marketing and agricultural development programs.

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She is currently Non-Executive Director with Wide Open Agriculture, Board Director for the RRR Women’s Network of WA, a Champion for Country to Canberra, and volunteers on many agricultural advisory groups and committees. Elizabeth is also ministerially appointed to the Industry Funding Scheme Appointments Committee and as a Commissioner for the Agricultural Produce Commission.

Elizabeth is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and Fellow with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (FARLF). In 2014, Elizabeth was awarded Most Outstanding Emerging Leader at the inaugural Women in Australian Agribusiness 100 and in 2016 was awarded WA Young Achiever of the Year for her voluntary and community contributions.

Sarah Woolford – Perth

Board Member

Sarah is the mum of 3 teenage/adult children. Her career has given her the exposure to retail, finance & banking and agriculture. Her university studies which I started later in life consist of an Undergraduate degree in Business Commerce, majoring in Business Law & Finance and finally a Masters in Finance from Curtin University. 

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Sarah has a strong combination of commercial, operational and financial management skills gained from over 20 years in the agriculture, financial services sectors and retail. Sarah is committed to a mindset of collaboration with various stakeholders through innovation and change to challenge the status quo.Working and being part of the Australian Agriculture industry gives me such pride, not only of the products we supply the world but more importantly of the amazing people that play their part in the supply chains. In regional, rural and remote Australia our environment can be harsh and unpredictable, but we still can produce high quality products for our markets.

Georgina Ferreira – Broadwater

Board member

Georgina is a coordinator of communications and community engagement in the South West. Born and raised in Carbunup, she returned home in 2017 after a decade working in marketing, recruitment, community outreach and youth leadership programs.

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Georgina’s previous experience includes coordinating the John Curtin Leadership Academy and Sir Charles Court Young Leaders Programs’ – working with outstanding young West Australians from across the State. She also has experience organising youth engagement in remote and Indigenous communities in the Eastern Goldfields and as the Media Coordinator for Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School.

She currently works as the Future Students Coordinator at Edith Cowan Universities South West campus. Through engaging with the RRR Network she hopes to share her knowledge of marketing and communications to share stories and advocate for women in regional West Australians communities.

WE WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE TRADITIONAL OWNERS AND ELDERS, WHOSE CULTURES AND CUSTOMS HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO NURTURE THE LAND ON WHICH WE WALK AND LIVE – WOODITCHUP (MARGARET RIVER), WADANDI BOODJA.