Jen is a fifth-generation farmer from Gunning NSW, where she runs a commercial merino sheep enterprise in partnership with her husband and three children. Jen sees a strong future for quality food and fibre production and is introducing new technologies and management practices to ensure they continue to grow their fine wool and first cross lamb operation.
In 2003, Jen graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Hons), starting her career in agriculture with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Previously, Jen was the Senior Manager at AgriFutures Australia, leading a team investing $20.3m annually in strategic research, innovation and collaborative partnerships. Jen currently works for the National Farmers’ Federation managing the Regional Tech Hub, helping people in rural, regional and remote Australia get connected and stay connected.
Jen was previously the Deputy Chair of MerinoLink Pty Ltd and an executive member of several industry and local community groups in the Upper Lachlan region. She also works extensively in the agtech development and adoption space, including as a mentor with SproutX and helps with advising agtech start ups. She was awarded the 2021 Lambition Award for Industry Leadership and is passionate about increasing the profitability and sustainability of Australia’s agriculture sector and contributing to her thriving regional community.