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And so, I continue my series of interviews with remarkable rural Australian women.

Ladies & gentlemen, meet Lyn Sykes.

Spending some time in nursing and counselling in her early career, Lyn found herself invited to help a group of farmers better manage family communication… and the rest, as they say, is history!

Thirty years plus and a highly successful career later, Lyn has become an icon in our industry on all things family alignment, communication and succession.

Having studied with Lyn over 20 years ago as a ‘whipper-snapper’ farm consultant, it is with great pleasure that I re-connect with her to discuss a host of critical family farming topics, including: 

  • where and why farm succession goes wrong;
  • how communication can fall apart;
  • what helps make it right;
  • Lyn’s process for fostering good outcomes; and
  • the role you best play as the mother, father, son, daughter, in-law or out-law to each succession conversation!

As you will glean, I have a lot of respect for Lyn. I see her as a true pioneer of this space and someone who has had a significant and understated contribution to our industry.

I hope that this podcast does her career justice whilst helping you check in and make improvements to how you are navigating this important conversation.

Thank you, Lyn – enjoy all, and keep winning!

Jeremy Hutchings


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