Ellen Downes

Ellen Downes standing in a field

Ellen Downes and her husband Stuart run a mixed farming enterprise at Canowindra in the Central West. A wife and mother to their three young children, Ellen successfully juggles the farm with her career as a regionally based medical specialist, show enthusiast, and stud dairy cattle breeder.

Ellen’s life was thrown into chaos after the sudden death of her father in 2010, as the family grappled with forced succession. The experience made her determined to ensure the next generation of farming families have sound planning, robust business structures and inclusive collaboration processes in place, so they are spared a similar situation.

Ellen’s vision is to empower women to become more actively involved in farm businesses to help them successfully navigate the agricultural  landscape through involvement in AgEDGE.

AgEDGE, a not-for-profit group made up of farmer and agribusiness people who meet quarterly in a board structure to review the performance of their business, assist farmers to get clarity around decision-making; set and achieve business and personal goals, and discuss current business challenges.


  • Empowering women
  • Rural community development
  • Rehabilitation
  • Communication/Public speaking


  • Rural communities
  • Rural health
  • Farming families
  • Agriculture


  • Board Director: Royal Agricultural Society NSW, 2017 onwards
  • AgEDGE Member, 2006 onwards
  • Rehabilitation Medicine Physician, Orange, 2009 onwards
  • Extensive involvement in Agricultural Show Movement
  • Councillor: National Rural Health Alliance, 2000­–2002
  • Contacts

    M 0402 133 728
    E edownes@me.com
    W www.agedge.com.au
    Twitter @DownesEllen
    Instagram Ellwater