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Christine Angland encourages other women to become involved with the Agri-Women's Development Trust's Escalator course.
Mrs Angland, from Waipori Station, along with Dawn Sangster (Maniototo) and Andrea Shore (Clydevale), were among the 11 graduates of the inaugural programme which was aimed at developing rural leadership and governance skills in women.
The programme was created as a result of extensive research into the role of women in the rural sector and low participation rates at the leadership and governance level.
It aimed to create prospective future leaders with the skills and capability to govern and lead rural organisations and communities.
The 11-month programme involved five Wellington-based learning modules, distance learning and professional development, supported by the trust and industry organisations and mentors.
Topics included leadership, governance, strategy, finance, communication, critical thinking and human resources.
While the first participants graduated last month, it was really only the beginning of an evolving process for them, as they would receive ongoing support from the trust and industry partners, AWDT executive director Lindy Nelson said.
"Now it's about the women selecting where to use the skills, ideas and networks they've developed and putting them into practice in a measured and targeted way."
The course is being evaluated and participants will then be recruited for the next programme beginning in February.
For Mrs Angland, a veterinarian by trade who has lived at Waipori Station - a 12,000ha Landcorp-owned sheep and beef property with 60,000 stock units, managed by her husband Peter - for the past 13 years, it was an enjoyable experience. The mother of three children, all at boarding school, was keen to get new skills and she enjoyed being part of a group of women.