Our Board

We are a not-for-profit, public company limited by guarantee. We are constituted under the Corporations Act 2001. We were established in the Australian Capital Territory in 1992.

Gifts to the Foundation are deductible for taxation purposes under Section 30-25, item 2.1.1 of the Taxation Act 1997.

Our Constitution

ARLF Constitution 2015

ARLF Strategic Plan Summary

ARLF Board Charter

Board of Directors

The governance of the Foundation is overseen by a Board of Directors.

Mr Michael Carroll


Michael Carroll was appointed Chair of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation in March 2016, and he first joined the Foundation Board in November 2015. He has more than 25 years experience in food and agribusiness with current directorships including Tassal, Select Harvests, Sunny Queen, Paraway Pastoral Company and Rural Funds Management. Mike is also a member of the Marcus Oldham Agricultural College Foundation and the Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation. Former board roles include Warrnambool Cheese & Butter, Queensland Sugar, Rural Finance, the Australian Farm Institute and Meat and Livestock Australia.

Mike held senior positions at the National Australia Bank (NAB) and Monsanto Agricultural Products. His family has been involved in farming for over 140 years, and Mike has a property in western Victoria. Mike holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from La Trobe University and a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne University Business School. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Boston and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Anna Carr

Fellow of ARLP Course 20, Dr Anna Carr was elected to the Foundation Board in November 2015. Anna is currently on secondment with the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy on stakeholder and communication mapping for northern initiatives. She has a strong background in community engagement and has a wide network across rural and community groups. Prior to this secondment, Anna worked with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). She is originally from the northern wheatbelt in WA, and has a PhD in Resource and Environmental Management.

Mr Ian Crook

Ian Crook joined the Foundation Board in 2013, bringing experience in agriculture, research and marketing. Ian holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Sydney University and a Masters in Agriculture from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate Army Officer, Training Unit Scheyville. He has held a range of leadership roles in the crop protection industry in Australia and overseas and most recently spent ten years with agrochemical company Arista LifeScience as Australasian Regional Manager. Ian completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2000 as a part of Course 6, and is now working part time and for charity.

Mr Rob Dulhunty

Rob Dulhunty joined the Foundation Board in November 2015. He brings extensive experience in leadership and advisory roles in the regional space. Since 2011, Rob has been Chair of Landcare New South Wales, and is Manager at Nant Pastoral Co Pty Ltd. Rob’s Landcare roots extend back to his roles as Vice-Chairman and a Founding member of Landcare NSW, from 2006-2011. He is also a member of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Ministerial Roundtable, in an advisory role to Minister for the Environment.

Ms Melissa Fletcher – Toovey

Melissa is a Kamilaroi woman from Moree now residing in Dubbo in NSW and a graduate from Course 18 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Melissa is the CEO of Fletcher International Exports Pty. Ltd as well as an owner of a small business with outlets in Brisbane and Dubbo. Melissa has previously served as a Director of the Albany Port Authority, General Manager of Fletcher International, WA and as Indigenous Liaison at St Patricks Senior College in Mackay, Qld.

Mr Rob Hadler

Robert Hadler has 30 years experience in banking and food production, manufacturing and retail including Non-Executive Director roles at Kinross Farms, the Rural Finance Corporation and the Global Foundation. He was the Deputy CEO of the National Farmers Federation and had senior executive roles at ANZ, NAB, Goodman Fielder, AWB and Coles. He is considered a best practice leader in branding and customer engagement, cultural change and employee engagement, risk and issues management, governance and reputation strategies.

Mr Rick Sawers

Rick Sawers joined the Foundation Board in March 2016. He is an experienced Company Director in Financial Services and Trade and Leadership sectors contributing strong business, risk management, strategic, human resource and system capabilities.

Rick has considerable experience leading very large, heavily regulated and international businesses. He has held a range of senior executive roles, including as Group Treasurer for ANZ and Group Execuitve and Group Treasurer for NAB. Rick is a Non-Executive Director for the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC), and has held the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the US Great Western Bancorporation. He has experienced diverse board positions with a range of international banks as well as the Australian Financial Markets Association.

Ms Andrea Staines

Andrea Staines joined the Foundation Board in November 2015, and she brings a strong background in corporate strategy, commerce and economics. Andrea’s board experience includes involvement in company floats, oversight of major construction and IT projects. She is a former member of the Qantas Executive Committee and former CEO of Qantas subsidiary, Australian Airlines. In addition to ARLF, she is currently on the boards of Tourism Australia, National Disability Insurance Agency, SeaLink, UnitingCare QLD and QIC. Andrea holds an MBA with a finance focus (Michigan) and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.