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Alumni Connect November

Alumni Connect November

Thanks for helping us celebrate!  The 26th October finally arrived, and so did our Gala dinner.   About 270 people including ARLF alumni, representatives from sponsor organisations, staff, board (as well […]

Alison Mobbs

ARLP scholarship helps leader navigate a crossroads

Alison Mobbs | Agri-innovator | Rural community advocate by Claire Delahunty Alison Mobbs was at a liminal point in her life and career when she decided to apply for Course […]

ALUMNI CONNECT OCTOBER

ALUMNI CONNECT OCTOBER

The monthly column from our Alumni Engagement Manager. With our 30th Anniversary Gala dinner on our doorstep, we are deep in the detail of bringing this event together. It’s starting […]

The meaning of NAIDOC Week

The meaning of NAIDOC Week

A column by 2021 Milparanga Leadership program alumna Annette McCarthy My mother is Warumungu, she was a culturally strong woman who spoke her language. Her Country is within the plains […]

From the platform to the stage

From the platform to the stage

Written by Andrew Bryant I wasn’t expecting to be standing on the platform of Flinders Street Station, approaching perfect strangers to ask them about their thoughts on leadership.  Couldn’t we get […]

Including Unique Perspectives

Including Unique Perspectives

Growing up in Darwin, cultural immersion was a big part of life for Yola. An Indonesian-Australian of Makassan and Moluccan ethnicity, every aspect of her life was touched by culture. […]

Boosting Women in Ag Leadership

Boosting Women in Ag Leadership

Grain silos and long days working on the family farm in western Victoria are in the DNA of young agricultural leader, Amy Fay. However, curiosity and adventure are also in […]

Leading Tasmania’s Forestry Industry Into The Future

Leading Tasmania’s Forestry Industry Into The Future

Jim Wilson came across the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) at a time when his industry, forestry, and its leadership was regrouping in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis.  […]

Mentoring from New South Wales to the Top End

Mentoring from New South Wales to the Top End

Adelaide born Hugh Dawson has big dreams.       And it’s all thanks to a gap year in 2016 on Beetaloo Station, a 10,500 square kilometre cattle property located between Darwin and […]

Mentorship offers resilience insight for new farmer  

Mentorship offers resilience insight for new farmer  

Making a ‘tree-change’ was more literal for walnut farmer Sophie Milic than most.   She left her corporate communications career behind six months ago to return to her family’s walnut farm […]

Shepparton drought leader brings community together

Shepparton drought leader brings community together

Sarah Hardwick – who is participating in the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program – has received a $4,000 Community Engagement Grant to support the “End […]

Couple prioritise giving to honour ARLP impact

Couple prioritise giving to honour ARLP impact

Ross and Edwina Sharrock are in the unique position of both having experienced the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP); Ross graduating from Course 19 in 2013 and Edwina from Course […]

Resilience comes in all shapes and forms

Resilience comes in all shapes and forms

Resilience in all its shapes and forms has been Paul Ryan’s passion for nearly three decades.   As Director of the Australian Resilience Centre, he has a unique perspective based on the science and […]

Resilience is a well-known trait in outback Australia

Resilience is a well-known trait in outback Australia

Resilience is a well-known trait amongst those who live and work in outback Australia When you’ve spent generations on a pastoral lease in far north South Australia, there’s a number […]

Milparanga spurs leader to blaze own trail

Milparanga spurs leader to blaze own trail

Going after what you want in life is what led Rhi Parsons to the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s Milparanga Program – an experience that has shaped her vision for the future.  “I was looking for something that […]

Giving to the Foundation investment in the future

Giving to the Foundation investment in the future

Cecily Andersen makes a conscious choice to give as a financial donor to the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation in the same way that she has made a conscious choice to […]

Milparanga supports indigenous leadership growth

Milparanga supports indigenous leadership growth

Ollie Tester was on the lookout for opportunities to build his skills and support career development when he came across the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s Milparanga program. The self-described big-picture […]

Ag leader drives her own future

Ag leader drives her own future

Jasmine Boxsell’s career path in agriculture is tied to some of the industry’s oldest institutional heritage. From a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland in Gatton, straight […]

Graham Loves a Good Analogy

Graham Loves a Good Analogy

Why would a former ARLP leadership program facilitator choose Against the Wind as a theme for a self-supported, fundraising bicycle tour of over 3,800 km from Canberra to Perth? For […]

Ag entrepreneur embraces challenges and change

Ag entrepreneur embraces challenges and change

Like many young leaders in agriculture spearheading successful ventures, Tim Eyes envisioned growth and expansion as the natural next steps for his business. But his experience on the Australian Rural […]

Young farmer on the front foot

Young farmer on the front foot

On a sheep and cattle property at Currawang, south west of Goulburn, NSW, hard work has been done preparing to hand the farm smoothly from the sixth generation over to […]

Agribusiness leaders forging their sector’s future

Agribusiness leaders forging their sector’s future

Australian agribusiness is an ambitious sector with its focus on sustainably reaching an economic target of $100 billion. It’s an exciting time for the people and organisations which feed and […]

Impact of unrestricted scholarships

Impact of unrestricted scholarships

Unrestricted ARLP scholarships ensure diversity in program participants, and enrich the alumni network across rural and regional Australia. Nuance. It’s a vital part of living and working in regional Australia. […]

Leadership Impact Case Study: First Nations Australia

With a network of more than 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alumni, the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation has provided a platform for some of the boldest and brightest Indigenous […]

Leadership Impact Case Study: Industry Scholarship

Leadership Impact Case Study: Industry Scholarship

As part of an industry that contributes nearly 30% of the total gross value of agricultural production in Australia, grain producers are nothing if not innovative and demand driven, often […]

Leadership Impact Case Study: Voices for Indi

Leadership Impact Case Study: Voices for Indi

Ripples in a pool When you throw a stone into a pool, the ripples continue long after the stone sinks. A single stone generates movement and energy; it can have […]

Mentorship at the heart of leadership

Mentorship at the heart of leadership

Tim Collins (mentor) and Oli Le Lievre (mentee) were matched as a part of the 2020 National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Broader Networks Mentoring Program, delivered by the Australian Rural Leadership […]

THE RURAL WOMAN – SURVEY

THE RURAL WOMAN – SURVEY

ARLF Fellow and ARLP C17 Graduate Rebel Black’s company THE Rural Woman, co-hosted a roundtable with Economic Security for Women last week – focused specifically on understanding the unique challenges […]

Edwina Sharrock receives Order of Australia Medal

Edwina Sharrock receives Order of Australia Medal

Edwina Sharrock OAM was awarded an Order of Australia Medal at the recent Australia Day Awards for her contribution to the health sector. This is her story. Edwina Sharrock, ARLP […]

ARLP insights follow Indonesian leader on Fulbright journey

ARLP insights follow Indonesian leader on Fulbright journey

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is fortunate to work with many inspiring leaders and experts overseas. Not only do they exchange valuable knowledge with our own leaders, representing often-connected industries […]

Rob Bailey – Young Agribusiness Leader of the Year

Rob Bailey – Young Agribusiness Leader of the Year

ROB BAYLEY, Blackwood Piggery Blackwood Piggery was established in the 1980’s, with Rob Bayley taking over management of the piggery business seven years ago. A highly respected leader at a […]

Donate to our Christmas appeal

Donate to our Christmas appeal

Please donate to our Christmas Appeal in support of an Alumni Scholarship to be awarded to an Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) candidate. We have already raised $15,000 towards a […]

Sam Archer joins ARLF

Sam Archer joins ARLF

When I stepped off the plane at Kununurra to start ARLP Course 22 little did I realise what lay ahead. At the time I was managing the family farm, heavily […]

Ready to be empowered

Ready to be empowered

“You don’t get to sit in circles like that every day,” Emma Hickey says, as she reflects on the people she has met and been inspired by as part of […]

How Quinton found his interest in politics and data

How Quinton found his interest in politics and data

For Quinton Vea Vea, saying ‘yes’ to the Milparanga Program sparked a “massive shift” in his sense of purpose, and his way of looking at the world around him. “I […]

Grant Cameron joins our team

Grant Cameron joins our team

Grant Cameron and is a graduate of the Milparanga leadership program. His role involves managing leadership programs, working closely with participants to challenge and develop their communication and advocacy skills. […]

Driving change

By Dodie Henderson, Rural Room Media Stringer Viewed from the air, Western Australia’s Kimberley region is an endless expanse of terracotta red with an overlay of eucalyptus green. Its seemingly smooth landscape […]

Leadership for our Regions Program makes a difference

By Megan Woodward, Rural Room Media Stringer For current and aspiring leaders in regional and rural Australia, holding a title can be daunting yet necessary, both as an individual and […]

Bec Bignell – Founding a remote creative agency

Bec Bignell – Founding a remote creative agency

A childhood in the bush presents the ideal opportunity to cultivate an active imagination and fully immerse in creative opportunities. The wide-open spaces and vivid shape shifting, nature of regional […]

Grant Melrose – ARLP 24 reunites

Grant Melrose – ARLP 24 reunites

I often think about my friends and families that live in the ‘big smoke’ – living where and how I once knew as my standard daily life to be, but now […]

Top 3 TRAIL takeaways

Top 3 TRAIL takeaways

Last year I was fortunate enough to be a participant in the TRAIL: Emerging Leaders Program. Having worked for the Foundation for only a few months at the time, I […]

Anna Carr – Be-cause, at cause, we cause!

Anna Carr – Be-cause, at cause, we cause!

Rewind 6 years: I never imagined I would find myself in an ancient wide, shallow, and very rocky valley – clearly an old river system – without water. I was walking in a group, […]

Leadership journey with evolving style

Leadership journey with evolving style

One of the great surprises of Stuart Crosthwaite’s Melbourne university years was being elected president of his hometown cricket club in north-east Victoria. As a dairy farming teenager “too shy […]

Anika Molesworth – Homeward Bound

Anika Molesworth – Homeward Bound

Post-voyage reflection – By Anika Molesworth It has been quite an extraordinary start to 2020 – extreme heat, dust-storms, drought and bushfire smoke – have been events that many of […]

The future in our hands

The future in our hands

No matter how hard I have tried to escape the bush, I can’t. Years away at boarding school, university, attempts at establishing a career in town were all clustered in […]

Rural Tongue Twister

Rural Tongue Twister

I recently came across a list of the 10 most difficult words to say. You can argue what should be in or out, but here’s the list as it appeared […]

Driving home with Reg…

Driving home with Reg…

It’s our afternoon ritual. As early as 4am or as late as 7pm in the evening the familiar iPhone shudder in my pocket prompts me to answer. “Lockie how are […]

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…by Jen Wressell

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…by Jen Wressell

It feels like we have been waiting for a long time now, but it’s really only been a few weeks since our lives changed, in a major way. Stage 3 […]

Leader focused on new frontiers for wool

Leader focused on new frontiers for wool

Being ‘on the front foot’ is how Stacey Lugsdin and her family have to be, running their sheep property, Toyota dealership and newly acquired rural service station in the Riverina […]

It’s all in the book

It’s all in the book

Graham Smith | Manager, Programs | ARLF I’ve had the good fortune of working with the ARLF for the past six years in several roles including Program Director, and as […]

Creating a new normal

Creating a new normal

Philippa Woodhill | Director, Partnerships | ARLF As the health emergency has gone from one of voyeuristic nature to one of living immersion, I have been struck by the examples […]

From the frontline

From the frontline

Alex Dunn | ARLP 24 My name is Alex Dunn, and I am a member of ARLP C24.  I work as a doctor in regional QLD, in both the community […]

A COVID-19 travel story

A COVID-19 travel story

Anna Butcher | ARLP 13 Don’t be complacent, this is serious.  EVERYBODY STAY HOME.   Wash your hands. Obey the health directives.  This is really important for ALL of us.  Covid-19 […]

Graham Smith rides against the wind

Graham Smith rides against the wind

Program Manager, Graham Smith plans to ride across Australia to raise funds for ARLF. Working at the ARLF, and seeing first hand the positive difference it makes to people, has […]

Suanne Sands – Finding the confidence to lead

Suanne Sands – Finding the confidence to lead

“I’ve always known what I wanted to do,” Suanne Sands reflects, half-way through her Milparanga experience. “But I had no idea what to expect from the program. What I’ve come […]

Alumni Connecting

Alumni Connecting

A strong attribute of the Australian Rural Leadership Program is the opportunity to network and learn with professionals from a diversity of rural industries.  Australian College of Rural and Remote […]

People are the Difference

People are the Difference

At this year’s Annual Gala Dinner we celebrated the theme ‘People are the Difference’.

Lisa Dwyer: Never Waste a Crisis

Lisa Dwyer: Never Waste a Crisis

The dairy and live export industries are two of the most turbulent and highly publicised industries in agriculture today, and Lisa Dwyer is leading the charge in both of them.

(In)Visible Farmer

(In)Visible Farmer

“It’s no good sitting around complaining about something if you’re not prepared to get up and help fix it.” The Dowden family, from Challa Station, have a long history of […]

Ingrain in the Grains: Caroline Rhodes

Ingrain in the Grains: Caroline Rhodes

A chief advocate for enabling people to succeed within the grain industry, Caroline has established the GPSA Emerging Leaders Program.

Fiona Gaske’s Ballet Experience in Indonesia

Fiona Gaske’s Ballet Experience in Indonesia

Prior to our International block and travelling to the Archipelago, I saw a Facebook post about a very talented ballerina from Indonesia. The story explained that the ballerina came from […]

Prizing the People Behind the Process

Prizing the People Behind the Process

Red meat industry leader Melissa Fletcher grew up ‘taking the lead’ for herself; pursuing exactly what she wanted to learn and do. Now, she leads for others, working hard to […]

A liberated leader: Catherine Marriott

A liberated leader: Catherine Marriott

From confident cattle industry leader, to so much more, Catherine Marriott reflects on what she has learned since taking part in course 17 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, and […]

Knowing Your Purpose To Choose Your Path

Knowing Your Purpose To Choose Your Path

Professor Jacinta Elston took part in Course 20 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) almost five years ago, but it sowed seeds that have led her to say ‘yes’ […]

Leading for Climate Action

Leading for Climate Action

From Young Farmer of the Year in 2015, to a participant on the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s Rice Growers’ Association – Emerging Leaders Program in 2018, Anika Molesworth has her […]

Developing agribusiness leaders

Developing agribusiness leaders

Shane Bodiam reflects on the Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program (AALP) he undertook last year and how it was about the journey, not the outcome. Like most participants, finding time in his […]

25 years of investing in people

25 years of investing in people

Mike Logan reflects on the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) and how it was key to his proudest achievement. Mike is graduate of the first ARLP intake in 1993. He […]

How Krysteen found courage and focus

How Krysteen found courage and focus

Krysteen McElroy is a recent graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP), hailing from Padthaway, South Australia. She is a partner in a mixed farming operation and a leader […]