Rural Women's Network Team

Allison Priest, RWN Coordinator

Allison Priest

Allison grew up in the Central West town of Orange, New South Wales and like many rural people she has remained in the town and has made it her home.

She joined the Rural Women's Network team in 1998 as a Project Officer before taking on the position of RWN Project Coordinator. She has 20 years experience in the public sector.

Allison is the Editor of RWN's flagship publication The Country Web newsletter which has become a valuable resource for government and non-government agencies to exchange information with the rural sector.

Her roles have seen her work on high profile initiatives and events for the department including the RIRDC Rural Women's Award, Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, Rural Women Connect and Daring to Dream. She is responsible for administering online communication iniatives for the RWN including the RWN internet site, Rural Email List and social media tools. Previously she provided Administrative support for the NSW Rural Women's Council and Rural Women Connect.

Her early projects include: Older Women Out There - a wellness project for older women living in rural and remote areas of NSW, Year of the Outback Women Overseas Study Scholarships, and the Team Up & Prosper - Rural Women in Decision Making Forum.

Allison was involved in the production of Daring to Dream: Stories of inspirational rural women and Living Out Back: People of Western NSW, a coffee table style book depicting the lives and images of people living in the western division.

Skills: Project Management. Event Management. Desktop Publishing. Business & Administration. Communications. Website development.

Emma Regan, RWN Project Officer

Emma Regan

Emma grew up in the Central West town of Orange, New South Wales. After completing a Diploma in Management she spent two years working in England and travelling through Europe.

A country girl at heart, Emma returned to her home town of Orange in 1999, where she lives today with her husband and two children.

Emma has always had a keen interest in rural life and some of the many challenges facing rural, regional and remote women. Since joining the RWN in 2010, she has been able to cement her commitment in supporting rural women and the vibrant and sustainable rural communities they live in.

With more than 10 years in the public sector Emma brings to the RWN her niche skills of project management and facilitation. Her role involves assisting with the coordination of high profile events and projects for rural women such as the NSW RIRDC Rural Women's Awards, the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll and the production of The Country Web newsletter. She also represents the RWN at events and facilitates rural women's workshops, whilst also providing administrative and executive support to the RWN.

Emma enjoys the quality of life a rural community offers and loves to spend her spare time with friends or family enjoying locally produced food and wine.