[10 September/Rural Life]

Lynda Coppersmith has been appointed as the first female chief executive of New Zealand Young Farmers. She is currently a senior account manager with MYOB but has worked with DairyNZ and LIC in the past. She was excited about the opportunity. NZYF has almost 80 clubs, runs the FMG Young Farmer of the Year, and works in schools to promote careers in the primary industries. She was a self-described people person who had a background in relationship management and building which would be important in this new role.  She will start her new role on 1 October. Her focus would initially be on understanding what Young Farmers was, and what its priorities were. She hoped her appointment would send a positive signal to women in the sector.