New Young Farmers chair a woman, first in 12 years

Rural Exchange 19/08/2018

The New Zealand Young Farmers board has elected a woman chair, the first in 12 years.

Ash-Leigh Campbell was elected chair of the eight-member board this month, and replaces the outgoing Jason Te Brake.

Ms Campbell, 27, is a technical farm manager with Ngai Tahu and assists with the management of eight dairy farms. She joined RadioLIVE’s Rural Exchange to discuss her career so far, and being the first woman at the helm of the NZ Young Farmers board in 12 years.

“I feel extremely privileged to be elected chair. I’m really looking forward to the role,” she said in a statement.

“NZ Young Farmers plays a vital part in connecting communities and helping to grow future leaders.”

A previous Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer Award finalist, Ms Campbell was initially elected to the board in July.

She also has two diplomas in Agriculture and Farm Management respectively.

The last woman to chair the NZ Young Farmers Board was Hilary Phillips, who held the position between 2004 and 2006.

Watch the full interview with Ash-Leigh Campbell above.

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