Meet our team:

Suanne Sands


Suanne Sands

In my role, I work with the learning managers to organise the logistics of the leadership programs and ensure they run smoothly. I also assist in promoting the program to regional, rural and remote communities with the intention that suitable participants will apply.

Most weekends you will find me at some of the best beaches in Sydney and soaking up all they have to offer.

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

Whilst I am blessed to have the best of both worlds growing up where the ocean meets the rainforest in Far North Queensland, I have discovered the West Coast of Australia also has heaps to offer. A recent recce trip to Albany, Western Australia, for the Milparanga Established Leaders Program has got to be one of my favourite memory of all time. Driving into the township of Albany from the airport was just mesmerizing. There are no high rises, no traffic jams just hills and roundabouts. Albany is surrounded by pristine beautiful blue seas, white sandy beaches and national parks. The township is a beautiful place filled with various coloured rose gardens. The air is clean and listening to the sounds of the birds chirping is soothing. A personal guided tour with a local Elder to the Stirling Ranges National Park and surrounding areas was an experience that I will never forget.

What’s your professional background?

Prior to joining the ARLF, I worked at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern with the Hospitality Team as an Events Coordinator and then moved into the role of WHS Business Partner.

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

The supportive staff, flexible work arrangement and inclusion and diversity.

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