Our Associates

Steve Colman

Steve works and plays at the intersection of social, business and natural environments. From his first business venture, a wilderness guiding company, he learnt the important skills needed to lead teams in challenging situations.

Today, his focus is on helping people engage in, design and lead deep change. Change that creates and sustains resilient organisations and communities. These projects have been with organisations large and small, across government, business and community sectors. 

In his spare time Steve can often be found exploring the planet’s remote and wild places. His most recent trip was a long sea kayaking trip along the Norwegian coast.

Lockie McDonald

Lockie has extensive facilitation and training experience with a diverse range of audiences and industries. These include, construction and mining crews, railway workers, tertiary education staff and students, Aboriginal health workers, disability professionals and firefighters.

Lockie has a warm and generous interest in people and has the ability to engage with audiences. Originally completing his nursing training he combines his experience in health, business and the arts with a commitment to empowering people to be their best possible selves in the community and workplaces.

Lockie also has a BA in English majoring in Journalism and is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program course 17. Currently Lockie is the Director of Fullsky a consultancy that provides a port folio of services.

He is a popular key note speaker and has contributed as the most recent Chair of Community Arts and Cultural Development at the Australia Council for the Arts.

Jen Wressel

Jen has had the privilege of being a leader in some of the most amazing places in the world. As an Expedition / Station Leader in Antarctica, she managed an intense team building exercise in one of the World’s special places. Managing health services in the remotest parts of Australia, and working with Australia’s first people, she learnt about the importance of culture, connection and belonging.  As a health service manager in Saudi Arabia, a place of contrasts, political and cultural complexity and expat community.  

Jen is a fellow of the ARLF and Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, and a professional members of the Australian College of Nursing, Council from Remote Area Nurses and Institute of Company Directors.  She is the Chair of the Australian College of Nursing, Rural Nursing and Midwifery Community of Interest.  Academically Jen holds a Masters in Health Administration, and has conducted research into occupational violence in the health industry as well as being a graduate of AICD and qualified mindfulness meditation facilitator.

Zoe Routh

Zoë Routh is one of Australia’s leading experts on people stuff – the stuff that gets in our way of producing results, and the stuff that lights us up. She believes developing people leadership perspectives is the gateway to better decisions and greater results.

She has worked with individuals teams internationally and in Australia since 1987. From the wild rivers of northern Ontario to the remote regions of Australia, Zoë has spent the last thirty years showing teams struggling with office politics and silos how to work better together.

Zoë is the author of three books: ‘Composure – How centered leaders make the biggest impact’,  ‘Moments – Leadership when it matters most’ and ‘Loyalty – Stop unwanted stuff turnover, boost engagement, and build lifelong advocates.” Her past leadership roles include Chair of the Outdoor Council of Australia, President of the Chamber of Women in Business, and Program Manager at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. Her fourth book, People Stuff – the power of perspective for better leadership, is due out May 2020.

Zoë is also the producer of the Zoë Routh Leadership Podcast, with insights and interviews on leadership perspectives – new points of view for dealing with the people stuff, in teams, leadership, and culture.

Becoming An Associate

If you are interested in becoming an Associate at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation please send a covering letter to foundation Chief Executive which addresses the following selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment over a period of time to rural, regional and remote Australia
  • Demonstrated and lived ARLF behaviours /values
  • Known to ARLF for at least three years
  • Commitment to First Nations Australia and diversity
  • Has acted in the interests of the greater good
  • Has courage to have difficult conversations

Once we have received your EOI your potential recruitment will be completed via a vetting process involving the Chief Executive, 3 Associates and Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee of the ARLF Board. You will receive written communication on receipt of your application and the decision about whether your application was successful.

Once a letter of offer has been made the successful candidate must adhere to and sign the following three documents:

  • Associates Charter (document placed on the Foundation website)
  • Foundation code of conduct (document placed on the Foundation website)
  • Associate terms of employment at the successful gaining of employment

This arrangement is for 24 months, before being reviewed at the end of this pre-set time-frame. If the Associate wishes to leave this arrangement within the 24-month period, they are free to do so, but an exit interview will be arranged for best practice and compliance measures. If an Associate does breach the code of conduct, the ARLF holds the right to cease the Associate status after an internal review in line with the ARLF grievance policy.

If you are interested in becoming an associate, please contact: Matthew Linnegar, Chief Executive: mattl@rural-leaders.org.au

Please find below the ARLF Associates Charter and Code of Conduct:

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