Their Stories

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....

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...

Lisa Dwyer: Never Waste a Crisis

15 August 2019

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. Graduate of the...

(In)Visible Farmer

13 August 2019

“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 community engagement. Debbie...

The ARLP Impact: Unlocking Authenticity and Fuelling Advocacy

8 August 2019

It may have been the lure of large machinery that drew John Durham from his sheep-farming roots into the cotton industry, but it’s a passion for the fibre, the progressive and innovative industry,...

Helen Jenkins – Two Steps Forward, None Going Back

5 August 2019

Nobody else is doing what Helen Jenkins, recent graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, is doing within the seafood industry. Having worked in the seafood field for over 30 years, Helen is...

“It’s a Gift”: Wool Industry Leader on the ARLP

1 August 2019

Bookham farmer, David Young, is at the tail-end of his incredible experience with Course 25 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP), sponsored by the Australian Wool Innovation. Here, he reflects on how...

A Grains Leader’s Inclusive Approach to Sustained Change

16 July 2019

David Jochinke may be used to a high-pressure role as president of the Victorian Farmers Federation, but his first leadership role model was entirely grass-roots: his grandfather. Since taking part in Course 18...

Supporting Our Alumni Founded Charity

12 July 2019

This year for our Gala Event, we've decided to do things a little different - we've partnered with @Humanitix, the first not-for-profit ticketing platform.  Profits from all booking fees will be donated to @Yalari as our...

Scholarship Opportunity for Agriculture Leaders

12 July 2019

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce The John B. Foundation Innovation in Agriculture Scholarship. The Scholarship has been established for a leader in the agriculture sector to develop themselves and...

C25 participant calls on fellow Alumni to impact Indonesia

12 July 2019

Eastern Indonesia suffers the highest levels of poverty and malnutrition along with the lowest levels of education in the nation. It is also home to one of the largest National Park Reserves, Manusela....

Ingrain in the Grains: Caroline Rhodes

11 July 2019

Only 14 months as CEO of Grain Producers South Australia (GPSA) and Caroline Rhodes is fuelling the industry with leadership initiatives to enhance productivity and sustainability. A chief advocate for enabling people to...

Safeguarding the Australian Pork Industry with Proactive Leadership

4 July 2019

In a global industry, already crippled by the effects of African Swine Fever in China, Rhys Collins, Executive General Manager at SunPork Fresh Foods, has big plans to ensure the sustainability and value...

Fiona Gaske’s Ballet Experience in Indonesia

12 June 2019

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 a family who...

Prizing the People Behind the Process

14 May 2019

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 instill pride and...

A liberated leader: Catherine Marriott

15 April 2019

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 how the challenges...

Knowing Your Purpose To Choose Your Path

9 April 2019

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’ to one of...