State Executive Committee

Position Name Surname Email
President Nikki Georgiou statepresident@vyf.org.au
Vice President Sarah Prendergast vicepresident@vyf.org.au
Deputy Secretary Jessica Cove deputy@vyf.org.au
Treasurer Tristan Zuidema treasurer@vyf.org.au
Newsletter Editor Meg Sullivan editor@vyf.org.au
Events Officer Laura Hammond events@vyf.org.au
Marketing Officer Alison Rowe marketing@vyf.org.au
Immediate Past President Skye Vermaas pastpresident@vyf.org.au
Executive Officer Linda  Thompson executiveofficer@vyf.org.au

 

Past President: Skye Vermaas

Skye grew up in the high country and now lives in the potato growing district north of Ballarat. This connected her with Dean-Newlyn Young Farmers (DNYF) where she has been a member since 2005. Skye was instrumental in the resurrection of DNYF who almost closed in 2012 to become a strong and active club, now contributing to the local community through over 50 members. Skye was first elected as VYF State President in 2013 and is currently enjoying a successful second term.

Outside of VYF, Skye has worked within the government sector and the Agriculture industry both in management and coaching roles. This experience, combined with the leadership skills developed through VYF have contributed to Skye developing a dynamic and successful career.

Vice President: Sarah Prendergast

 

 

Deputy Secretary: Jess Cove

 

Jess is a Veternarian 

Events Officer: Laura Hammond

 

Laura grew up on a vegetable farm in Lindenow, East Gippsland and has always had a passion for agriculture and producing quality food that is good for us and the environment! This lead to her studying Agricultural Science and Primary Teaching in Adelaide before beganing work as an agronomist in Koo Wee Rup. She began attending the South Gippsland Young Farmers and was elected President in 2015. As president she am hoping to get the club more involved in the community. In particular,  hopes to approach local schools with vegetable garden programs in place and help inspire the next generation of Young Farmers.

 

Newsletter Editor: Meg Sullivan

Meg grew up on a small farm in South Gippsland and still lives there now. She began going to South Gippsland Young Farmers events in 2012. In 2013 she was elected as treasurer of the club, then in 2014 she became secretary as well as being nominated as Newsletter Editor for the State Committee. As well as Young Farmers, Meg works in Administration and does freelance Graphic Design & Photography on the side.

Treasurer: Tristan Zuidema

 

Tristan is from the country town in Leongatha, the dairy heart of South Gippsland. He was raised and worked on a family dairy farm along side dad Paul, uncle Andrew, Uncle Hilco, and cousin Shane, were they milked around 700 cows. In 2014 he left the family farm and started working in Driffield on Marco And Rita Payettes dairy farm. He will go back to the family dairy farm but wanted to learn more about the industry and were it is headed. He has discovered a new passion to follow, raising and breeding cows, chasing everything from production components fertility and hopefully scores of at least 80+.

 

Marketing: Alison Rowe

 

 

President: Nikki Georgiou

 

Nikki grew up near Warrnambool and spent most of her teen year’s dairy farming in the Crossley and Kirkstall areas. After leaving school at age 16, she worked full time on farm until June 2006 where she started a traineeship with the Department of Primary Industries on the Pasture Agronomy Dairy Research Team that she completed in June 2007, whilst still working on farm.

After that, instead of pursuing a career in the Dairy Industry, she moved to the Northern Territory to work on a cattle station as a Jillaroo for a couple of years. It was definitely an eye opening experience coming from small town dairy farming to wide spread cattle work with Brahman cattle!

After her stint in the NT, she came home to Warrnambool and worked in a pub as well track riding and stable hand work for a local trainer, before moving to the Bendigo region to freelance track ride there. Then she resumed her work on a dairy farm in Northern Victoria on a farm between Rochester and Kyabram whilst completing her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services. After a short stint in the Child Care industry, she realised it was not the career pathway she wanted to take and eventually moved back down to the Warrnambool region to resume race horse work and pub work.

In 2010, she started work on beef cattle and sheep properties in the Caramut area, as well as being a casual rouseabout when work on farm was slow, up until she fell pregnant with her daughter in 2011. Nikki returned to work part time early 2012 as a Store Manager for Country Impressions Ballarat until the nearing of the store closure when she started for HF Richardson Livestock as an administrator and yard worker. In November 2014, she started working for Elders Rural Services where she works as a Livestock Officer.

 

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