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Andrea Hogg


Andrea Hogg

The learning team is responsible for the design and delivery of leadership development programs and other learning opportunities to contribute to thriving regional, rural and remote Australia. We facilitate learning using experiential, immersive and challenge-based adult learning methodology. Leadership is a learning activity, it continues to evolve, develop and mature – it is responsive and dynamic and always curious about the possibility.

Where does your passion for rural, regional and remote Australia come from?

I grew up in regional North Queensland in a tropical location sun-kissed and bordered by the magnificence of the ocean. Many people headed south to complete their university studies as the opportunities were not locally available at the time. Despite being part of a city population comprising a significant percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we learned very little about this at school, there was little reference to Indigenous languages in our schools and cultural icons and artwork were not publicly celebrated. There was a cultural void for non-indigenous people in the region and sadly, very few attempts at reconciliation. 

When I return to the location of my birth today, I see, feel and hear about the significant changes that have been brought by the passage of time, connection, vision, justice, alignment, community, social and economic growth. The change has been steered by the innovation and adaptation and leadership action which continues to evolve. 

Leadership has the capacity to alter, modify, create and extend boundaries of what was to what can be. Leadership provides new stories, pathways and ways of being in the world- it pays homage to the past and does not attempt to dwell there. I am so lucky to experience and hear of so many leadership stories of courage and persistence in my work. 

What’s your favourite memory or most memorable moment in rural, regional and remote Australia?

My favourite memories are of time spent in the top end of Queensland and in the Torres Strait. The clarity of the water as you arrive at Thursday Island, the swaying palm trees, the humidity. It reminds me of my years living in the Pacific. It is a beautiful part of Australia and not every Australian knows this is part of our nation 

When I am not working you will find me walking in the bush near my house, dancing, reading, and enjoying the magnificent cultural institutions in Canberra – museums and galleries and the sand and sea on the New South Wales south coast. 

What’s your professional background?

Before working at the ARLF I spent many years at the Australian Institute of Sport, supporting them to combine their vocational and educational plans with their sporting dreams and aspirations. I also worked for an International Development Organisation for many years, supporting programs in the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with a focus on education for girls, maternal health, water and sanitation, economic development, human rights and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Three things you love about working at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation?

At the ARLF, I have found a home for all of my curiosity, questions and challenges are rewarded and encouraged here. 

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