Emma Ayliffe

Co-Founder Summit Ag – Lake Cargelligo NSW


Emma Ayliffe


In this episode we meet Emma Ayliffe from the Central West and Riverina of NSW, who owns an agricultural consultancy, was a recent finalist in the 2020 Channel 7 NSW Young Leader of the Year, and has many more accolades to her name.

Emma is a consultant and researcher based in the Central West and Riverina of NSW and the co-owner of her own consultancy business Summit Ag.

She also owns a farm with her partner, is Acting Chair of the Youth Voices Leadership team, was runner up in 2018 ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year and is a finalist in the 2020 NSW Young Achiever Leadership Awards.

In her life, Emma has moved numerous times and has had to face re-invention and re-establishment, which comes with its own hardships and challenges. After facing redundancy and isolation, she has managed to build her life back up and overcome personal and professional challenges to get to where she is today.

Her experiences have taught her a lot of lessons that she has taken with her along the way.

Emma’s top well-being tips:

  1. Make space for the things you like. Book time in your own calendar for yourself to do nothing, or exercise, or sew or read or garden, whatever takes your fancy, Structured spontaneity!
  2. Have a beautiful network of people that you can have open and honest conversations with when things start to unravel and you can  feel your life getting a bit hectic. Listen to what they say; little gems can be found everywhere.
  3. Know your red flags. Recognise when things aren’t feeling like they should and take the time out to reset and rest.


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