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Gemma Gordon

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Gemma Gordon

I work with our funding partners who invest in the leadership capacity of their industries and organisations through the Australian Rural Leadership Program. This involves contracting and reporting, but also assisting them to maximise this investment through meaningful engagement with their participants, the broader cohort and alumni.

In my spare time, I read voraciously, I parent endlessly, and I escape to the beach or the farm as frequently as possible. I dabble in suburban flower farming with mixed success.

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

It’s very cliche, but it is the way I have always felt, growing up in a small rural community, I always felt that the opportunities and benefits far outweighed the challenges. In year 11 I wrote a story for the ABC’s Heywire competition about the joys and benefits of growing up in the bush and was lucky enough to attend their national summit. It opened my eyes to a whole world of people who felt like I did about agriculture and rural communities. Since leaving school I have been lucky enough to continue to build a career that has allowed me to continue to work for and with rural communities and industries and I hope this long continues.

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

The moments I remember most about growing up in the country are harvest or sowing time, closely followed by river and channel swims on balmy (aka scorching) summer evenings.

What’s your professional background?

I am an Agricultural Scientist by trade with a background in agvet chemical regulation and water policy. 

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

What I like most about being part of the ARLF team is the people, our team, our participants, our alumni, our partner organisations and their members, they are a continuing inspiration, and awe-inducing, joy.

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