Our Staff

Matt Linnegar

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Linnegar joined the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation as Chief Executive in June, 2014. It is the first time in the 22-year history of the Foundation that a member of its alumni has stepped into the Chief Executive’s role. Matt completed Course 7 of the Foundation’s prestigious Australian Rural leadership program in 2001.

Matt’s prior leadership roles include CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation, General Manager, Corporate and Customer Operations with Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited and Executive Director of the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia. Matt is committed to the advancement of rural, regional and remote Australia and has strong linkages through the farming, agribusiness and regional Australia sectors. Matt is a strong supporter of leadership development as a critical factor to the success of rural, regional and remote Australia.

He holds a degree in Applied Science (Systems Agriculture) from the University of Western Sydney (Hawkesbury), is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Philippa Woodhill

Manager – Partner relations

Philippa Woodhill works across all the areas of the Foundation to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to grow and enhance the Foundation’s relationship with its partners and stakeholders. She has oversight of the fundraising and communications strategy and supports business development. She is a Board Director of the Commonwealth Study Conference Inc., of which she is an alumnus of the 2007 Study Conference to India. Prior to joining the ARLF in 2006, Philippa was an Australian Volunteer in the Pacific. Her background includes education, sports and network development and she has served on a number of community boards.

Charlie Morrice

Manager – Leadership Programs

Charlie manages all aspects of the curriculum and delivery of the Foundation’s leadership programs. He has worked in the education sector for 27 years and his experience in educational leadership includes working with all ages, from preschool to adult. Recently, he was a member of the Leadership Development Advisory Group for ACT school leaders and was Principal of a school with 700 students ranging from preschool to Year 10.

In his early days, Charlie lived and worked in the building industry in Captain’s Flat, Ulladulla and Tuross Heads. He recently spent five years in Rome, Italy, working as a workshop facilitator for business associations and graduate students.

Graham Smith

Facilitator – Australian Rural Leadership Program

Graham Smith coordinates the Australian Rural Leadership Program. His recent career included roles in the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service and General Manager of Questacon –The National Science and Technology Centre. His earlier career included establishing a Plant Science Education Centre for CSIRO and secondary teaching. He also worked in the Federal Department of Finance and ACT Parks and Conservation.

Graham grew up in north western NSW and has strong family connections with rural Australia. He has also had a long work history with rural, regional and remote Australian communities. His public sector work has been recognised by an Australia Day Medallion and Australian Public Service departmental award for leadership. Graham has a committed professional interest in Indonesia and its fast developing economic and cultural relationships with Australia.

Scott Gorringe

Program Director/Facilitator

Scott is the Program Director/Facilitator of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program. He is a graduate of the Foundation’s iconic Australian Rural Leadership Program. Scott is a Mithaka man from far western Queensland, with an extensive career in Indigenous education and has addressed academic and public forums on issues such as Indigenous Education, community development and water protection.

Scott holds a Masters Degree in Rural Systems Management from the University of Queensland. In 2013, he was appointed Visiting Fellow at Queensland University of Technology and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at UQ. He is passionate about bringing people together around approaches to create other ways to deal with complex challenges.

Andrea Hogg

Facilitator – Programs

Andrea has a background in adult education and the not for profit sector. She facilitates a range of short course programs for the Foundation and manages a range of projects related to the engagement with alumni, including fundraising. She enjoys the variety in her role and the opportunity to step away from her desk to engage with inspiring leaders during the Foundation’s programs.


Michelle Wickson

Coordinator – Finance and Governance

Michelle is responsible for the financial administration of the Foundation including providing support to members of the team and Board. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from University of Canberra and will be commencing her CPA in 2015. She has experience in the NFP sector formally working as the Finance Manager for Early Childhood Australia. She developed her love of the outdoors through childhood years living in Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains, and time spent on her grandparents’ property near Oberon.

Gemma Gordon

Coordinator -ARLP Partners

Gemma joined the Foundation  in June 2016 and works in a part-time capacity as a Partner Liaison. Originally from a rice farm in the Southern Riverina, she holds a double degree in agricultural science/business. Gemma brings experience in a wide range of agricultural industries through her work as a policy officer for the National Irrigators’ Council and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.

Monique Brouwer

Coordinator – Network and Communications

Monique joined the Foundation in 2016, having honed her expertise in the public service and not-for-profit sector. With over ten years’ experience as a marketing communications professional, Monique develops strategies to tell the Foundation’s story. She enjoys communicating and connecting with our alumni, partners and supporters.

She has lived in rural and regional Australia most of her life. Monique grew up on a farm near Cootamundra and has lived in the surrounding region. She is passionate about building relationships and communicating about rural, regional and remote Australia.

Matilda Ferguson

Network Relations

Matilda joined the Foundation at the end of 2016, as a Program Liaison and now is responsible for Network Relations. She grew up on her family’s station near Wanaaring in far north-west NSW and has lived and worked there in recent years. In early 2016, she moved to Canberra to study a Masters in International Relations at the Australian National University. She continues to hold a close connection with rural and remote Australia. She often heads home to help with mustering and other jobs on the station, in addition to attending events in the local community.

Naomi Browne

Program Liaison

Naomi joined the Foundation as a Program Liaison in 2016 and works specifically on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program (NATSILP). She is also the Program Liaison for some of the Foundation’s other short programs. She has a Diploma in Project Management from Canberra Institute of Technology and is currently working towards a Bachelor in Public Health at the University of Canberra. Born and bred in Canberra, Naomi enjoys spending holidays and weekends camping at the coast.

Jacqui Bond

Program Liaison

Jacqui is a Program Liaison for the ARLP  and joined the team in 2018.  She grew up in regional NSW, living in towns from Cobar to Wagga. She continued her love of the country by branching out and living in the Northern Territory and later in Queensland.

Jacqui studied a Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design)(Honours) at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and has forged a career in private and public enterprises over the past 15 years.  Jacqui is a keen sportswoman with a healthy addiction to netball and tennis, and is actively involved in coaching and mentoring.