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New Patron-in-Chief announced

15 May 2020

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) has accepted the ARLF’s invitation to take over the Patron-in-Chief role as the succeeding Governor General from Sir Peter Cosgrove who retired from this office in 2019.

In accepting the position, His Excellency said “I am delighted to become Patron of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation”.

“Now, more than ever, we need leaders at all levels of our society. From the Coronavirus pandemic to devastating fires, extended periods of drought and other natural disasters, we are grappling with a significant challenge. Effective, collaborative, and innovative leadership at a local level is a key part to how we respond – particularly in regional areas.”

I am passionate about rural Australia – the local communities that define so much of our national identity – and look forward to working closely with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation over the course of my term”

Sir Peter’s engagement with the Foundation has been outstanding and he will continue to work with us in a new role as Patron Emeritus.

In addition to the Patron in Chief, the ARLF also has three Patrons, they are:

  • Mr Tim Fairfax AC;
  • Professor Colleen Hayward AM; and
  • Mr Andrew Robb AO.

The ARLF appoints its Patrons on the basis of their eminent and symbolic standing within the Australian community, a connection between their values and those of the ARLF, and their actual or potential contribution to ensuring the ARLF’s ongoing role within Australian society.

More about the Governor General

Watch the Governor General’s statement in relation to COVID-19

List of patronages can be found here