‘Women in Agriculture’ conference guest speakers

Roseann Kelly - chief executive of Women in Business
Roseann Kelly - chief executive of Women in Business

The Ulster Farmers’ Union’s first women in agriculture conference aimed at recognising the contributions of women working in Northern Ireland’s agri-food industry will take place on November 15.

The speakers at the event include Roseann Kelly, chief executive of Women in Business; Tracy Hamilton, Brand Director of Mash Direct and Zita McNaugher, YFCU president.

Tracy Hamilton - Hamilton, Brand Director of Mash Direct

Tracy Hamilton - Hamilton, Brand Director of Mash Direct

Roseann Kelly is a firm believer in diversity and equality in the workplace and has been a key individual in ensuring the voice of women is heard.

Women in Business has approximately 2500 members from across Northern Ireland and Roseann was instrumental in helping to forge links between Women in Business and the Ulster Farmers’ Union. Roseann has won many awards during her career including Entrepreneurship Leader of the Year and a special award for services to enterprise.

Tracy Hamilton is a well-known face in Northern Ireland agri-food circles. Tracy’s husband Martin was originally a fifth-generation vegetable farmer but in 2004 he took the decision in conjunction with Tracy, to diversify their business and they established Mash Direct.

The business employs more than 180 people and with an annual turnover in excess of £15 million, much of Mash Direct’s success in recent years can be attributed to Tracy’s leadership.

Zita McNaugher - YFCU president

Zita McNaugher - YFCU president

Zita McNaugher is the president of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster - the sixth woman since Northern Ireland’s largest rural youth organisation was founded in 1929 to hold the role of president.

Zita is a dairy farmer’s wife and is employed by the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise as a food technologist. In her role she helps to advise and assist Northern Ireland food businesses in the safe and efficient development, modification and manufacture of food products. A strong advocate for women in agriculture, Zita is passionate about the role women play in the farming industry.