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Agribusiness Leaders Program 2017

7 April 2017

Sixteen agribusiness leaders from across Australia travelled to Melbourne to commence the first of three sessions of the Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program (AALP).

The focus of this session was: Self and Others; Perceptions of Self as a Leader; Relationships; Constructive Sector Involvement and took place over five days, from 26 to 31 March.

The group travelled to the Gippsland region to engage in the experiential component of the program. They were challenged to examine their own leadership capacity and ability to develop relationships through various experiences. The group returned to Melbourne where they met with various leaders to gain insights into challenges, opportunities and innovations.

Highlights of the session:

  • Meeting with Paul Ford, Chair of Agribusiness Gippsland.
  • Meeting Andrew Bulmer, Managing Director of Bulmer Farms, to experience a local agribusiness operation in-situ.
  • Discussing social entrepreneurship and leadership innovation with Katy Barfield founder of Yume
  • Engaging in a round-table discussion with; Julie Rynski ARLF Fellow – Course 21, Westpac’s General Manager, Business Banking and Connect NOW; Mick Keogh, Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute; and Rob Hadler, Senior Adviser FTI Consulting and Board Member of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

What the participants said:

“I finished the week with an expanded mind, an awesome new network and some real things to put into action immediately,” said Dionne Walsh, Rangeland Program Manager, Northern Territory – Department of Primary Industries.

“Just what I needed to get my mindset and motivation to take things to the next level and really stretch myself as a leader,” said Lloyd Neilson, Regional Agribusiness Manger – Central Victoria, NAB

“It has made me more focussed around how I can become a better leader through awareness, adaptability and collaboration,” said Matt Ericsson, Albany Area Manager, Elders

The group will undertake an online session in April and May, and work on the group ‘Initiative’ which will be presented at the final session in June in Sydney.