Sharon Honner is the current Chair of the WoTL Board and is a founding member of WoTL and a member of the inaugural WoTL Board. As a farmer’s daughter and being a partner in a farming business for 25 years, Sharon brings grass roots understanding of industry challenges for women. Sharon also brings a wealth of knowledge gained in the not-for-profit sector through regional, state, Australian and global roles. She also has experience and awareness of the challenges of working with virtual teams and a geographically spread stakeholder base.
Penelope is no stranger to WoTL, having assisted during its early development on the brand and having been an active Board member since January 2019. She brings strong skills in strategic planning, operations, marketing and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Penelope has extensive experience working with start-ups, from consulting to micro, small and medium companies, helping an energy tech company list on the ASX and now as a Chief Operating Officer at an innovative LED Lighting tech start-up VALO. Penelope is committed to the growth of people, opportunities and organisations.
Susie is a strong advocate of the rural communities that are supported by agriculture and understands first-hand the challenges facing women in the sector. Susie is extremely excited by the opportunity WoTL presents to support women across all of agriculture and fill a gap that is largely unfilled. Susie Green is the CEO of the Apple and Pear Growers Association of SA and Executive Officer, Cherry Growers Association of SA and brings experience in leadership, governance of industry and community not-for-profits to help support WoTL’s development and evolution.
Hannah Loller is a founding member of WoTL and the inaugural chair, staying on the board to continue to contribute to the evolution of the organisation. Hannah brings to WoTL skills in strategic thinking and relationship management, which is grounded in the grass roots reality of being a women involved in an agricultural enterprise. Hannah continually demonstrates her commitment to WoTL and her local community by ensuring opportunities are available for women to access professional development so they can reach their fully potential. Hannah and her husband Peter also host a trial site for Mallee Sustainable Farming on their property at Lowaldie.
Dru Reschke is the owner of Koonara Wines and a board member of Business SA. Dru hasmanaged their family’s certified organic vineyards for the last 17 years, implementing cuttingedge chemical free technologies in the vineyard.
Dru has a passion for providing education opportunities for all rural communities and giving back where possible. This teamed with a strong believe that rural Australia has an incredibly smart female community which is largely under-utilised lead to Dru becoming a WoTL director.Dru also runs the glassware company Savor with his wife Nicole and has two little girls.
Yung has nearly two decades of experience working in peacebuilding and international development for the Australian government, United Nations and aid agencies. She is a research fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research where she manages research and evaluation programs across the Asia-Pacific region. She has seen firsthand the critical role women play in achieving more sustainable economic and social development in their communities, through the unique set of skills that they bring to the negotiation table that prioritises social welfare, peace, justice and equity. Yung is a passionate advocate for the equal participation and full involvement of women in all aspects of government, business and the social sectors.
As a primary producer, she is also committed to promoting the role and influence of rural women. Yung has expanded her knowledge and networks in the agriculture sector by participating in training and mentoring programs, such as the Stepping Into Leadership program and WoTL events. Yung is often invited to speak at rural women’s events to share her experience working on women’s empowerment projects overseas.