An outstanding leader in business, parliament and agriculture, Kay Hull AM, will officially open the 2019 Henty Machinery Field Days on Tuesday, September 17.
Ms Hull, of Wagga, was appointed chair of AgriFutures Australia after a 12-year career as the Federal Member for Riverina.
She has led, contributed to and been influential in a broad range of sectors in the community – from motor vehicles trades and services to local council, tourism, education, health and cancer support.
Having grown up in regional Australia, Kay has a passion for food and fibre production, and during her time in parliament, ensured the agricultural sector had a strong voice, particularly in relation to water access for irrigation.
Today, she continues her staunch support of regional Australia’s agricultural sector as chair of the AgriFutures Australia board.
Taking on the chair’s role in 2016, Kay believes AgriFutures Australia is positioned to lead the way for Australian agriculture and deliver benefits to the entire nation by investing in people and forging new frontiers of learning.
As the trading name of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, AgriFutures Australia aims to foster an environment prizing collaboration, entrepreneurship and real commercial outcomes, and invest in new and emerging industries to ensure the productive and competitive future of Australia’s rural industries.
Kay was the first female NSW National to be elected to Federal Parliament and the first female Nationals Chief Whip.
She was appointed by the Australian Government to represent Australia on the International Parliamentary Union/UNAIDS HIV committee based in Geneva from 2008 to 2012.
Kay convened the Parliamentary Cancer Network from 1999 to 2010 and has been a board member of NSW Can Assist, a not-for-profit organisation from 2010 to 2016.
As Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Community Services, Kay’s report ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ created the initiative for substantial reforms to Family Law and the Child Support system.
She was awarded an AM in the 2015 Queens birthday honours for her contribution to the Parliament of Australia and her leadership in the Riverina.