Their Stories

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

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...

Leading for Climate Action

9 April 2019

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 sights unwaveringly set...

A leadership experience for life

26 September 2018

From succession planning, to dryland cotton farming, to a kidney transplant – the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) has been a source of strength and direction for Scott McCalman since graduating from Course...

Learning to lead for impact

27 August 2018

In the 12 months that have passed since Rebecca Lomman completed Course 23 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP), the leader has found herself reducing the number of ‘hats’ she wears in...

Profile of Lindsay Godfrey – Leading through tough times

9 August 2018

Written by Marg Carroll OAM – Course 4 graduate, National Library of Australia oral historian, writer/photographer, farmer With southwest Queensland into its fourth year of drought and the population halved over the last...

A leader creating safe spaces

19 April 2018

Ebony Hickey shares her experiences as part of the first cohort to graduate from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program (NATSILP) and the influence it has had on her as...

Standing tall, dreaming big

10 April 2018

Cory Paulson shares his experiences of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program (NATSILP) which he graduated from last year. The program has been renamed Milparanga this year and applications are...

Q&A with Anna Carr

8 March 2018

Anna Carr,  graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 20 and ARLF Board Member, answers a few questions in celebration of International Women's Day (Thursday 8 March 2018) Tell us about...

Q&A with Ebony Hickey

8 March 2018

Ebony Hickey,  graduate of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program, answers a few questions in celebration of International Women's Day (Thursday 8 March 2018) Tell us about you and how...

Q&A with Edwina Sharrock

8 March 2018

Edwina Sharrock,  graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 23, answers a few questions in celebration of International Women's Day (Thursday 8 March 2018) Tell us about you and how you...

Q&A with Jen Wressell

7 March 2018

Jen Wressell,  graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 22, answers a few questions in celebration of International Women's Day (Thursday 8 March 2018) Tell us about you and how you...

Q&A with Lucinda Corrigan

7 March 2018

Lucinda Corrigan,  graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 5, answers a few questions in celebration of International Women's Day (Thursday 8 March 2018) Tell us about you and how you...

Q&A with Barbara Nattabi

6 March 2018

Barbara Nattabi, graduate of TRAIL: emerging leaders program 2017, answers a few questions in celebration of International Women's Day (Thursday 8 March 2018) Tell us about you and how you got to where...

Q&A with Dionne Walsh

6 March 2018

Dionne Walsh,  graduate of the Agribusiness Leadership Program 2017, answers a few questions in celebration of International Women's Day (Thursday 8 March 2018) Tell us about you and how you got to where...

Profile of Lorraine Gordon – Building a legacy

5 March 2018

Written by Marg Carroll OAM – Course 4 graduate, National Library of Australia oral historian, writer/photographer, farmer Lorraine Gordon undertook the taxing Kimberley session of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) eight weeks...

Communication is key for leaders

30 January 2018

Adam Knapp, a Policy Advisor on Environment and Natural Resource Management with the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF), expected to leave his comfort zone when he signed up for the TRAIL program for emerging...

Leading for Change

14 November 2017

As someone who has made a life-long study of leadership and governance, it is no surprise that Michelle Deshong’s involvement with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation has many facets. Since graduating from Course...

25 years of leadership: a dramatic impact from the start

19 October 2017

Profile of Mike Beckingham, founding ARLF Executive Director Written by Marg Carroll - Course 4 graduate, National Library of Australia oral historian, writer/photographer, farmer Twenty five years on - what a milestone for ARLF!...

Leadership: Giving back

28 August 2017

Waverley Stanley is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and grateful for all the opportunities he has received over the years. He is giving back as co-founder of Yalari, which provides...

Developing agribusiness leaders

9 March 2017

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 diary to undertake...

25 years of investing in people

31 January 2017

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 is a seasoned...

Leading with courage and support

16 January 2017

Krysteen McElroy believes iconic rural leadership program has given her a supportive network, more courage and a greater understanding of values. Krysteen is a recent graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP),...