Meet the talented members of our organising committee!
Tammy Galvin – committee chair and human dynamo. In 2016 Tammy had an ambitious idea which she ran past some friends, they threw in their support and a submission was sent in to host the 2017 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in Narrandera. The submission was successful and Tammy and her friends set about recruiting other women from the Narrandera and Leeton communities to form the Gathering organising committee. The rest, as they say, is history.
Tammy is dedicated to empowering and connecting women in rural areas, and runs Women of Western Riverina Networking, which connects women through social and business channels across the western Riverina. New members are always welcome and can connect through the Women of Western Riverina Networking Facebook group.
Josie Marks is the School Engagement Officer at Narrandera TAFE. She manages all the TAFE programs that are delivered to schools in our area. She is involved in the local CWA (Secretary – Narrandera Evening branch), is a Narrandera Preschool Committee member, and is on the Leeton Community Christmas Lunch committee. She is part of the workshops team, who are organising all the workshops for the Rural Women’s Gathering, and is looking forward to the Gathering as it should be a “fantastic” weekend!
Fran Macdonald – our in-house designer. Originally hailing from Uranquinty and studying Graphic Design at Charles Sturt University in Wagga, Fran cut her teeth in newsprint with over 11 years at the Wagga Daily Advertiser and Fairfax’s Regional Production Hub before ceasing the commute and taking on the Advertising and Production role for the Narrandera Argus. An Army Reservist, intrepid traveller and mother to a vibrant 3-year-old, Fran is passionate about being involved – in some shape or form – in contributing to the community and being a part of something bigger than herself!
Mary-Anne Lattimore worked as an agronomist with NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) for 35 years and since retiring 4 years ago has worked as a wool and grain producer with her husband at Narrandera. She was involved with organising the Rural Women’s Gathering when it was held in Yanco 20 years ago and is now helping to organise the event in Narrandera. Mary-Anne enjoys travel, photography, music and spending time with her husband, two adult children and extended family.
Carolle Leach works in an administrative role for Tocal College, assessing and compiling cases for people applying for Recognition of Prior Learning and developing assessment tools. Carolle was on the Committee and became the assistant to the coordinator of the 1995 Women’s Gathering held at Yanco. She is on the 2017 Committee as the minute taker and contributes to the workshops and program teams. Together with her husband, Carolle owns and operates a dry land property producing fat lambs, wool & cereals.
Kimberley Beattie – website manager and spreadsheet queen. A life-long Narrandera local, Kimberley works in an eclectic mix of part-time, casual and freelance roles in the local community, as well as volunteering on numerous community committees, and blogging about wildlife across the Riverina region. Kimberley loves Narrandera and its community, and welcomes any opportunity to share this love with the world. Kimberley is part of the team managing online communications and registrations for the Gathering.
Jane Carter and her husband moved to Narrandera two years ago with their sheep. Why? Because this is incredible sheep country. Jane writes books, her latest novel ‘Prodigal Daughter’ was be released in August 2017. Jane is part of the workshops team and says that working on the Gathering Committee has been a wonderful experience, as she has made contact with so many interesting women. She is looking forward to meeting you all in October.
Charmaine Lee has worked for NSW DPI since 2010 and has been the Accommodation Manager at the Yanco Agricultural Institute (YAI) since 2015. Originally from Kalaru (near Bega) on the far south coast of NSW she has lived in the Riverina for the last 21 years and in Leeton since 2007. She is a member of the YAI WHS Committee and has held various positions on the YAI Social Club and is currently Secretary. She was a committee member for the Leeton Relay for Life in 2015. Charmaine is part of the registration, guest speakers, program, catering, publicity and venues teams for the Gathering and is looking forward to a fantastic weekend in October.
Leonie Napier is a wife, mother and grandmother and is employed as an Office Supervisor for NSW DPI at Yanco. In addition to enjoying her family, Leonie also finds it rewarding to be involved in community activities. Leonie has a passion for community engagement and social and supporting programs for women. Leonie runs a community-based monthly coffee morning with guest speakers with the aims of uniting the community, and developing empathy and understanding that will encourage women to activate positive change. Leonie is passionate about self-development workshops such as ‘The Art of Grieving’. Her other interests include counselling particularly for those experiencing disenfranchised grief in pregnancy losses as well as support for those suffering loss in areas of dementia, death and upheaval. Her involvement in the Leeton Local Health Advisory Committee allows her to promote the services available locally for those in need.
Lee Reavley is a proud Wiradjuri woman who was born and grew up in Narrandera. She has a strong connection to the land and culture. Lee loves to be a part of anything that will help grow Narrandera and the surrounding area as she is a very passionate local from a local family that loves her community. Lee is part of the workshops team and assists on other teams where needed. Lee runs Blue Koala Eco-Tours, and is looking forward to the Gathering and showing the delegates Narrandera’s koalas and sharing culture.
Fran McLaughlin – After quitting the big smoke and heading to Ag. College, followed by 25 years of farming and working across 3 states in different industries including Agribusiness, Accounting, Earthmoving and International freight forwarding, Fran brings to the table a diverse skill set, still driven by her passion for rural life, Agriculture and women in business. She is a networker from way back, being involved in show societies, business groups and community groups as well as women’s networks throughout the past 25 years. Fran relishes the thought of networking with other like-minded women across Australia, and sees the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering as a great opportunity to grow with and contribute to an event.