Alumni stories

Alana Johnson – Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

27 November 2019

Alana Johnson, graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program – Course 14 has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University.

Alana is recognised nationally and internationally for her work in rural development, women’s advancement, leadership and community activism. Alana was instrumental in establishing the Victorian Rural Women’s Network and Australian Women in Agriculture. She is a former President of the Foundation For Australian Agricultural Women, and she has served on numerous ministerial advisory councils and Government boards.

Currently chair of the Victorian Womens Trust, a member of the Victorian Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality. Alana’s advocacy saw her named in the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia and the inaugural 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness. She is a renowned public speaker and facilitator and Alana is a leader in sustainable agriculture, environmental protection and community participation in politics.

Alana is a founding president of Voices For Indi, initiating the nationally renowned democracy project in the electorate. In 2011 Alana was awarded Victorian Rural Woman of the Year and national runner up and for 2010. She was inducted into the prestigious Victorian Womens Honour Roll. Alana is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and she is completing her PhD. Alana lives on the family farm near Benalla. She has two adult sons and two grandchildren. 

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award, La Trobe University – Alana Johnson

View the La Trobe University Press Release here