KATHLEEN Allan is a fifth generation farmer.
Kathleen and her family live on a property near Yass in southern NSW, where they run a self-replacing, superfine Merino flock.
They also operate an award-winning small business Farm Animal Resource Management – an agricultural education business that was established in 1994 by her mother Jane Southwell to promote the importance of agriculture in an increasingly urban community and provide consumers with an opportunity to engage with practicing farmers.
Kathleen has a Bachelor or Rural Science with Honours from the University of New England.
She majored in animal health and sheep and wool production and completed her honours thesis on Ovine Johnes disease.
Kathleen has worked in a number of regulatory, program management and policy roles with the Australian government in Canberra.
She has worked in animal welfare, agvet chemical regulation, food policy and water management.
Kathleen is currently the program manager for capacity building at the Grains Research and Development Corporation.
Kathleen has a particular interest in community engagement and agricultural advocacy.