Finalist: Outstanding contribution to policy development
FIONA SIMSON is the president of NSW Farmers – the first female to hold the role.
She was elected to the job in 2011, after several years steering the association’s mining taskforce and working nationally on issues like quad bike safety.
As president, she has advocated for members on key policies that affect farmers such as native vegetation, water management, strategic regional land use and drought policy.
Fiona sits on the board of the National Farmers Federation and is the Australian delegate for the women and young farmers committees of the World Farmers Organisation.
Fiona is a director of Plantation Trading, a 5500ha family farming operation at Premer on the NSW Liverpool Plains, where she is chiefly responsible for marketing, risk management and administration. She has previously served on the Liverpool Plains Shire Council.
Fiona holds a Bachelor Degree in Arts/Business, and has tertiary qualifications in workplace training and adult education.