Dr Pat Hamilton has been a strong advocate for rural, remote and regional communities through her experiences as a teacher, secondary school principal and sheep farmer. She has been a driving force on the Board of several state and national rural women’s and regional organisations – Australian Women in Agriculture Ltd, National Rural Women’s Coalition Ltd, the Regional Development Australia York & Mid North, Women Together Learning, and Country to Canberra.
Pat has been a member of APEN since 2003. She joined the APEN Management Committee in 2016 and became a Board Director in 2018 along with her role as editor for APEN ExtensionNet since 2016. She has guided APEN in its transition to a company limited by guarantee, with particular skills in corporate governance. Pat has been responsible for the re-invigoration of the Regional Coordinator network within APEN.
Pat has demonstrated a strong commitment to APEN, and to its efforts to build positive, productive relationships, networking and working with members as agents of change.