Following Amanda’s advice that she would resign her position as Industry Services Manager at the end of 2020, a selection committee was formed to facilitate engagement of a suitable replacement. The selection committee consisted of Amanda, Jane Richter and Cynthia Barbagallo. Following a call to our membership for nominations to fill the position, the panel shortlisted and interviewed two well-qualified candidates. The committee subsequently selected Sacha Harty for the role. Sacha took over from Amanda on 4 January 2021.
Sacha has had extensive experience in sales, services, and business administration, and her qualifications and experience closely matched the job criteria set by PAI. Her experience was gained with major companies such as Flight Centre, BUPA, and Virgin Australia as well as a proprietor of her own small business. These roles have given her the opportunity to develop strong verbal and written communications skills, along with advanced computer skills. Importantly, for organising our field days and other meetings she has had significant event management experience.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) Degree and a Certificate III in Business. These qualifications will also allow her to contribute to our communications and marketing programs.
Sacha is no stranger to the passionfruit industry. She lives on a farm at Urliup, just outside Murwillumbah, with her husband Matthew and their two children. This location is in close proximity to a number of farms operated by PAI’s members, including that of Matthew’s parents, Jan and Dennis Chant.
We would like you to make Sacha welcome!