A New Secretary for 2020 Wagin Woolorama

A New Secretary for 2020 Wagin Woolorama

Introducing Amy Kippin one of the youngest committee members to become a Woolorama Secretary


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Diana Blacklock, Media
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E: media@woolorama.com.au

introducing Amy

At 28 years old Amy is preparing to give back to her community now she has returned home from Perth to study fulltime. She lives with her mother and two brothers on their family farm in Woodanilling. Amy left the district in 2015 after working six years with the local shire to pursue other career opportunities and further develop her passion in equestrian sports.

Her first job after leaving school was with the Shire of Woodanilling as a trainee administrator where she quickly became the Executive Support Officer between 2009 and 2015. After moving to Perth, she got employment with a disability organisation, Family Support WA as an administration officer and soon promoted to Executive Assistance to management. Amy's primary task involved implementing IT systems and work processes leading to her becoming the 'go-to' person for the NDIS scheme team. This level required extensive training in service delivery and its many compliance requirements, during the transition from state to federal government-based policies.

Initially, it was a small organisation with 80 employees, including management. It expanded to medium-sized business within four years with 160 employees. She attributes this rapid growth to NDIS giving the clients more choice and control over service providers. She left there in February this year to move home and start full-time study in March 2019, studying a Bachelor of Commerce at Edith Cowan University. Amy believes her practical experience, combined with her tertiary qualifications, will increase her opportunities to progress into higher management positions within her chosen career. Her decision to study full-time online also meant coming home to the farm with her family and beloved horses Cruise and Sarg.

Since leaving school, Amy has also been hugely successful in the Show Jumping Society, starting from the Katanning Equestrian Association where she became a showjumping judge…to now being a qualified National-Level judge and sitting on the Equestrian WA State Jumping Committee. More recently she was a member of the ground jury and one of only three prestigious judges at the Royal Agricultural Show in Perth. She also adjudicates many competitions including Busselton, Bunbury, Katanning, Dryandra and Wagin Pony Club. Although she enjoys success at judging her other qualification as a National Level 1 Course Designer is her first love giving her extra enjoyment, capacity and freedom to combine all elements within the sport.

Amy competes in dressage herself, but due to spending most of her time adjudicating, she hasn't been doing much lately, although she still indulges in riding her young Friesian x Clydesdale around the farm while training him for a future career in dressage

A highlight in her social calendar over the years has been her involvement in the Wagin Woolorama. The personal connection enables her to contribute to her local community and mingles with her friends at the same time.

Since moving back to the area earlier this year, she understands the value of community and the importance of volunteering. Wanting to participate more in her community, the position of Woolorama Secretary fits perfectly with her skill set and her desire to support local events in rural communities, bringing many benefits and promoting the region,

Initially, her focus has been on modernising some of the current office procedures, namely placing section entries online. Competitions can now go online to enter into their respective show sections. Streamlining data collection by centralising and reducing hardcopy forms. Making it more efficient and user-friendly.

Amy brings a wonderfully open and youthful approach to the role. She hopes people feel they can approach her to discuss any ideas they have for the show. She also encourages anyone interested to come along and try out new things, volunteer and become a member of the extended Woolorama Family.

She has felt warmly welcomed to the Society and hopes to make her unique mark on the much-loved Wagin Woolorama.

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