Deborah committed to helping farmers grow
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Deborah committed to helping farmers grow

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Deborah Flint

Amongst executive management, she’s known as the ‘Mother of the Knowledge Tour’, and rightfully so, with Rabobank clients and staff having Deborah Flint to thank for helping instigate some incredible knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities.

Part of the bank’s inaugural South Australian Grains Strategy Commodity Group, Deborah helped initiate and organise the first two Rabobank grain tours in the US and Europe, tours that proved invaluable to clients, and the bank.

“It’s quite incredible that from a grass-roots working group of South Australian staff, we have been able to offer clients from across the country such a unique international opportunity,” she said. “Clients have all expressed they were able to learn so much from individual farm visits, networking dinners and the consequential networks they’ve formed thanks to the tour.”

“I’m so grateful that the bank was willing to take our initiative on board and make it a reality, and grow these knowledge-sharing tours across other commodity sector groups.”

In many ways Deborah Flint feels like her life path was destined for a career with Rabobank.

Having worked with the Australian Wheat Board for 13 years, plus another 13 years in banking, Deborah came to the Rabobank extremely well-equipped to take on South Australia’s Port Lincoln Branch Manager role 18 years ago. 

“Rabobank was such a perfect fit for me, the perfect balance of my two former roles, allowing me to continue wearing both my agri hat and my banking hat, plus in my local region working with farmers that I knew,” Deborah said.

And clearly it’s a formula that has worked, almost two decades later Deborah is as passionate as the day she started, and this year took on a new challenge as the Senior Equipment Finance Manager for the South Australia and North West Victoria regions. 

With sentiment strong across many agricultural regions, she’s hit the ground running – good seasons and tax incentives provided for machinery purchases all contributing to very positive on-farm growth.

“It’s a really rewarding role, knowing you’re helping provide vital plant and machinery that’s going to help the long-term growth and viability of a farm business,” she said.

“And what farmer doesn’t love a new toy!”

Tractors, seeding equipment and sheds continue to be at the top of the wish list, with Deborah enjoying the variety of new sectors she’s now engaged with.

“I’m so used to working in the grains and sheep industry – but this new role affords me the opportunity to delve into a diversity of commodities such as almonds and dairy, which I’m finding really interesting, and I’m enjoying forming new relationships with dealerships across Australia.”

Deborah, who grew up in Adelaide before moving to Port Lincoln at the age of 12, also runs a small hobby farm with her husband, growing grain and hay.

As such, she said Rabobank’s philosophy of banking ‘Founded by farmers, for farmers’, really resonates.

“A client-led focus is my personal compass, and I love working at a business that puts the client first.”


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