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Seventeen leaders graduated from TRAIL: emerging leaders program

6 May 2018

Seventeen leaders from throughout Australia graduated from the TRAIL: emerging leaders program in Canberra on Friday 4 May 2018.

The eight-day program held in Canberra and surrounds provided many challenging opportunities for this diverse group of emerging leaders to identify and expand their leadership skills, meet established leaders from different sectors and industries, and participate in experiential exercises to promote cross-sector collaboration.

Some of the benefits of the program are the opportunities to reflect on their own stage of leadership, make commitments to future leadership and to maximise the valuable networks that are provided as a result of participating in this diverse cohort.

Graduates of the program were sponsored by industry and government organisations, or their employers. They stepped away from their busy lives to focus on developing their abilities to  collaborate, communicate, influence and lead.

“The program took me out of my comfort zone and challenged me in many ways. I believe the knowledge and skills I have gained I will use in both professional and personal life. I will try to become the leader I know I can be and inspire my community,” Stephen Foster, sponsored by the Torres Strait Regional Authority.

“Loved it. Concepts and tools that are relevant to my work and self. A great group of people!” Nicola Cottee, sponsored by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.


Some of the highlights of the program were:

  • Completing a challenging four-day outdoor leadership experience in the mountains outside of Canberra
  • Travelling to Young, NSW to engage in a panel discussion with local regional and community leaders
  • Visiting Bowylie Station in Gundaroo, NSW
  • Meeting a range of influential and established leaders
  • Participating in sessions to set a vision for future leadership.

TRAIL Graduates for 2018



Rob Arnts Australian Honeybee Industry Council
Jeff Bourke Australian Honeybee Industry Council
Tristan Campbell Australian Honeybee Industry Council
Nicola Cottee Cotton Research and Development Corporation
Benjamin Fleay Australian Honeybee Industry Council
Stephen Foster Torres Strait Regional Authority
Sarah Green Goat Industry Council of Australia
Thomas Green Australian Lot Feeders’ Association
Joshua Kennett Australian Honeybee Industry Council
Holly Ludeman Australian Live Exporters’ Council
Susan Maas Cotton Research and Development Corporation
Olivia McFarlane NAB
Kate Plush Sunpork
Nancy Pratt Goat Industry Council of Australia
Courtney Ramsey Grains Research and Development Corporation
Michael Rollin NSW Department of Primary Industries
Mathew Welch Australian Honeybee Industry Council


More information

For more information about the program, see TRAIL: emerging leaders program.