Their Stories

Ag entrepreneur embracing challenges and change

16 June 2021

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 Leadership Foundation’s 2020...

Young farmer on the front foot

16 May 2021

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 the seventh. It’s...

Agribusiness leaders forging their sector’s future

20 April 2021

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 clothe millions of...

Mentorship at the heart of leadership

25 March 2021

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 Foundation (ARLF). Making...

Indonesian leader carries powerful imprint

20 March 2021

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation has benefitted from the generosity of in-country leaders guiding leadership cohorts through its cultural immersion sessions. Through an exchange of culture and knowledge, these leaders become an invaluable...

THE RURAL WOMAN – SURVEY

13 February 2021

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 and opportunities rural...

COVID highlights health-care needs of country mums

12 February 2021

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 alumni from Course...

ARLP insights follow Indonesian leader on Fulbright journey

3 February 2021

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 and interests, but...

The wheel of life

17 December 2020

If 2020 has taught us anything, we are creatures of habit; we tend to do what we have always done. 2020 has had everything, fire, floods, disease, and many personal triumphs and tragedies....

The journey of leadership

17 December 2020

Australian land teaches us many things about perspectives. On the surface you see the tough terrains, rough coastlines, and thick bush. The view is different from the bottom of a mountain to the...

Donate to our Christmas appeal

24 November 2020

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 scholarship and by...

Sam Archer joins ARLF

18 November 2020

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 involved in agri-politics,...

Ready to be empowered

11 November 2020

“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 the Milparanga leadership...

Strength in culture

11 November 2020

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 had no interest...

Grant Cameron joins our team

29 September 2020

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. Grant is a...

Making a Difference

25 September 2020

For current and aspiring leaders in regional and rural Australia, holding a title can be daunting yet necessary, both as an individual and as a member of a collective community. To support those...

A reflection from ARLP C26 Course Council

4 September 2020

Unprecedented, new normal, self-isolating, quarantine, pivot, lockdown, essential workers, social distancing, we are all in this together, zoom, home-schooling, work from home, the various Karen’s, and you are on mute. Not necessarily new...

The hold of the country

4 September 2020

Growing up on a small farm outside of Wagga, I never understood the hold the country had on me until I left. In my final year of school, the question that often accompanied...

The great re-calibration to finding our better and new normal, without losing who we truly are

3 September 2020

Recently, who I am was significantly challenged by a complete stranger who suggested selling our dairy farm in the current environment was a good opportunity to capitalise on our asset.  I was then...

#storiesfromthesticks

3 September 2020

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 Australia makes for...

Country upbringing

3 September 2020

As a daughter of a dairy farmer growing up on the family farm in Maroon, South East Queensland, there were a few certainties in my life – the cows would be milked twice...

“Dad, is Brisbane another country?” asked my son.

3 September 2020

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 with unprecedented restrictions...

Against the Wind fundraising bicycle ride

2 September 2020

Graham Smith, the former manager of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP), had been planning to retire from the ARLF in June. His exit plan was simple. With a couple of friends, he...

Top 3 TRAIL takeaways

21 July 2020

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 had some idea...

Be-cause, at cause, we cause!

13 July 2020

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, single file, with...

How attached are you to your point of view?

1 July 2020

I remember Barb Grey (ARLP 15) saying about her course experience, “If you told me a year ago that as a cotton farmer I would become best buddies with an environmentalist from Victoria...

That precious human interaction

21 June 2020

by Charlie Morrice: Manager, Leadership Programs Those special ‘crucible’ moments in your development can come at the most unexpected times. I was a young impressionable guy working in my first job as a...

Leadership journey with evolving style

16 June 2020

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 to put his...

Homeward Bound

10 June 2020

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 us have experienced...

The future in our hands

10 June 2020

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 the painful ‘seeing...

Rural Tongue Twister

10 June 2020

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 on a random...

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Regional collaboration and vision harnessed in WA Leadership Program

17 May 2020

The South West region of Western Australia is a complex area, encompassing stunning tourism drawcards like Margaret River, alongside industrial towns feeling their way in a post-resources-boom environment. Each regional community has different...

Driving home with Reg…

15 May 2020

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 ya, ya great...

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…by Jen Wressell

15 May 2020

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 restrictions in Victoria...

Leader focused on new frontiers for wool

15 May 2020

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 town of Hay....

It’s all in the book

18 April 2020

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 a Manager/Facilitator of...

Creating a new normal

16 April 2020

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 of leadership around...

Leadership is an action & arises from disruption

16 April 2020

Jane Milburn | ARLP 16 We are all being called upon to stay safe and adapt as the world faces profound changes due to the coronavirus pandemic and everyone’s life, work and study...

From the frontline

16 April 2020

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 and hospital settings,...

A COVID-19 travel story

16 April 2020

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 spreads between people....

Finding the confidence to lead

7 January 2020

“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 away with so...

Tanya Stevenson – Collaboration is Key to Transforming Regions

3 December 2019

For Tanya Stevenson, project development was the highlight of her experience taking part in the Leadership for our Regions program in 2019. “It was great to design a new idea to address our...

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...

Sanjeeta Singh – Putting People First

19 November 2019

“People are our business and we have a responsibility for their safety and welfare,” says Sanjeeta Singh, Head of Risk, Safety and Environment at Elders. The graduate of the Foundation’s 2019 Agribusiness Leadership...

Alumni Connecting

12 November 2019

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 Medicine (ACRRM) approached...

Andy Kidd - Agribusiness

Andy Kidd – Agribusiness

11 November 2019

Senior Agribusiness Manager of the Westpac Tamworth branch, Andy Kidd, recognises that cultivating trust and valuing people are key aspects to success in his job. Since graduating from the Agribusiness Leadership Program in...

First Alumni Scholar Has Graduated

7 November 2019

This year saw the first Alumni Scholar of the Australian Rural Leadership Program - Course 25, graduate. Yola Bakker took a creative approach to her sponsor report and recited it at the 2019...

Tim Ferraro – Making the Plan Happen

1 November 2019

General Manager of Soil Conservation Service, Tim Ferraro, is about to undertake his biggest project to date. Valued at $37.5 million, the recent Australian Rural Leadership Program graduate is leading the project to...

People are the Difference

29 October 2019

At this year’s Annual Gala Dinner we celebrated the theme 'People are the Difference'. To celebrate our Alumni and their stories of leadership, change, success and impact we created mock magazine covers with...

Lyn French: Bringing it Back to the Outback

11 September 2019

Lyn French has transformed regional isolation into an opportunity for increased educational support and luxury outback tourism. After graduating from Course 20 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, Lyn has focused her leadership...