Cultivating the future leaders of ag

The NFF recognise that if agriculture is to realise its vision for a $100 billion industry by 2030, smart, passionate and agile leaders are needed.

In July 2018, the NFF in collaboration with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation called on potential agricultural leaders to apply for the NFF 2030 Leaders Program.

Out of a field of over 100 applicants, a final 8 participants were selected to kick start their leadership journey.

The successful applicants came from all across Australia, and had a variety of backgrounds, occupations and experiences, although all clearly demonstrated a passion for advancing Australian agriculture.

The successful applicants were: Aimee Snowden, Matt Champness, Katie McRobert, Tim Kingma, Tegan Hogan-Smith, Oliver Le Lievre, Rayali Banerjee, and Nicole McDonald.

The first phase of the NFF 2030 Leadership program (which concluded last week), consisted of a four-day program in Tharwa.

During this part of the program, applicants participated in a challenging four-day outdoor leadership experience which provided them with the opportunity to develop personal effectiveness in a range of contexts; gain an understanding of ethics; values and social responsibility and develop leadership thinking for now and into the future.

Last week’s activities concluded in Canberra with the eight 2030 Leaders coming together to devise a project that they will jointly work on over the coming months.  It also was an opportunity for the 2030 leaders to question a panel made up of four leaders at various points on their leadership journey.

The panel was made up of Fiona Nash (former Nationals Senator and current strategic advisor of regional development, Charles Sturt University), Amanda Olthof (CEO, Australian Alpacas Association), Andrew Spencer (CEO, Australian Pork), and Lachlan McCaffrey (Brumbies player and part of the Brumbies leadership team).

The second phase of the program will be held over three days in Canberra from 14-16 October, and will offer the participants an opportunity to participate in industry, community and regional engagement and networking.

We wish all the 2030 Leaders all the best for their leadership journey and are pleased to be able to offer participants an opportunity to participate in a thought provoking program, where they are able to enhance their own understanding of leadership and engage in a powerful, shared learning experience.

Corrine Dooley

Corrine Dooley

Corinne Dooley is NFF's Senior Policy Officer for Rural Affairs.

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