WoTL are excited to announce the appointments of (L-R) Joyce Ceravolo, Emily Mellor and Han Worsley to the WoTL Board of Directors.

Ms Ceravolo, a fourth-generation apple producer in the Adelaide Hills, brings a wealth of expertise and experience in many areas including business development, leadership, strategic planning and governance to the Board. She has extensive Board experience as the current President of Fruit Producers South Australia, is a Board member for Food SA and the Chair of the Next Generation Committee, an initiative of the South Australian Produce Market.

She resonates strongly with WoTL’s mission to empower and elevate women in agriculture.

“I am deeply passionate about WoTL’s mission, centered on empowering and elevating women in agriculture which resonates strongly with my personal and professional values,” says Ms Ceravolo.

“By joining the WoTL Board of Directors, I aim to further the organisation’s objectives by advocating for the rights and interests of women in agriculture. I am committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity and diversity, where every voice is heard and every woman in agriculture is supported.”

Ms Mellor brings over 20 years’ experience working within both State and Commonwealth Government departments across a broad range of primary industries including fisheries, aquaculture, water, forestry, biosecurity and livestock. Her skillset includes project management, policy development and analysis, stakeholder engagement and extension, strategic planning, grant administration and governance. As a beneficiary and participant in a number of WoTL events and programs, she understands the impact and reach WoTL is achieving.

“I’m excited to be giving back to an organisation that supports women to thrive in their chosen field”, says Ms Mellor.

“I have always been passionate about inspiring women in agriculture. I have also been a beneficiary of the Stepping into Leadership Program and am pleased to be able to continue to contribute to this great initiative as a mentor and alumni member.”

Han Worsley lives in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. A passion for gender equality and education opportunities in rural Australia was Han’s motivation to get involved with WoTL and help improve national program reach. Han was the CEO and Executive Director of Country to Canberra, a not-for-profit empowering young rural women and non-binary people to reach their leadership potential.

“The mission and values of WoTL speak to my passion for gender equality and RRR communities, which I have held since growing up on our mixed grazing property north of Nullamanna, NSW, and experiencing first-hand the challenges and triumphs of women in agriculture,” said Han.

“I am eager to bring my own experience and skills as an emerging Director to a Board that aligns with my values and learn from those more experienced. After first connecting with WoTL as a Toolbox Talk Presenter (at TW2022) I have followed the organisation and see the potential the WoTL network has to expand and grow.”

Thank you, Yung!

Yung Nietschke

WoTL thanks retiring Director, Yung Nietschke, for her valuable contribution over the past three years, expertly guiding the organisation through its recent expansion.

“Ms Nietschke’s considered and intelligent perspective always brought great insight to discussions”, said WoTL Chair, Susie Green.

“Her extensive experience working with women and girls right across the world, in program development and managing large-scale projects has added enormous value.

“We wish her all the best for her future endeavours.”