[10 August/The Country]

Ash-Leigh Campbell has been elected chair of the NZ Young Farmers board and became the first woman in the position for twelve years. She is a technical farm manager with Ngai Tahu, and helped oversee the management of eight dairy farms. She said she was privileged to be elected chair and was looking forward to undertaking the role. She added NZ Young Farmers played a vital role in connecting communities and growing future leaders. The last female chair was Hilary Phillips, and she served from 2004 to 2006. Ms Campbell has a Diploma in Agriculture and a Diploma in Farm Management from Lincoln University. There were four women on the eight member board. Trevor McIntyre would continue as the acting chief executive until the position is filled.