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Australian Organic chief executive officer Niki Ford to work with NFF and ACCC

By Country News

Australian Organic chief executive officer Niki Ford has been appointed to the ACCC's Agriculture Consultative Committee and will also join the National Farmers’ Federation Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program 2020.

As part of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the AgCC provides advice and information on issues affecting the agriculture sector, with members typically holding office for a period of two years.

Ms Ford will join the AgCC's current membership committee of 22 other key industry organisations, including WoolProducers Australia, Grain Trade Australia, and the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

“This year we will be fighting for domestic regulation to be enforced for the organic industry in Australia so being part of the committee will enable us to discuss this, along with other issues, in greater depth,” Ms Ford said.

Ms Ford was also selected from more than 80 applicants for the NFF's Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program 2020.

She is one of 12 women who will be mentored over the course of a five-month one-on-one program, working with some of Australia's most experienced leaders.

NFF president Fiona Simson said she was delighted to have Ms Ford join this year's program.

“In 2020, women make up more than 50 per cent of agricultural tertiary enrolments and on farm women are at the forefront of the adoption of ag-tech and innovation,” Ms Simson said.

“Yet women continue to be under-represented in the senior levels of our industry.”

Ms Simson said a part of the NFF's 2030 Roadmap was to double the number of women in leadership positions.

Ms Ford said it was a privilege to be associated with such an accomplished group of women and mentor leaders.

“Like many CEOs today, I have never actually had a formal mentor, so I feel the opportunity to learn from one will be invaluable for both myself and Australian Organic in terms of future growth and development,” Ms Ford said.