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Fostering Australia's future wool leaders

Friday, 14 February 2014

Left to Right: Daniel Rogers (Telangatuk East Vic), Nicola Turner (Broken Hill NSW), Fiona Warwick (Cradock SA), Jessica Horstman (Drummond Cove WA) and Thomas Pengilly (Esperance WA).

Jillaroos, overseers, stud masters and wool agents are amongst the 22 participants at the professional development course known as Breeding Leadership this week.

The bi-annual Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) event involves participants from every state who will be trained in areas such as people management, business innovation, corporate governance, strategic planning and time management.

More than 100 young Australians have now attended the course which fosters the future leaders of the wool industry.
Speaking to the attendees and current industry leaders at the course dinner, AWI CEO Stuart McCullough said how he relished the diversity and passion within the wool industry.

"The wool industry can be anything for you. From becoming a highly successful woolgrower, shearer, agent or exporter to a processor of wool, manufacturer of garments, a world-famous designer to a leading researcher; the wool industry has it all for you."

Many previous participants now hold leadership positions within business and industry.

Dan Korff, Board member of Future Farmers Network and Stud Sheep Overseer at Hazeldean Merino Stud in New South Wales added, "Breeding Leadership was a terrific opportunity at the beginning of my career to be able to network, learn and share experiences with a really good group of like-minded industry people. Elements of the course have been very helpful with both strategic thinking and day to day management."

Held at Clare in South Australia, this week's event involves a mix of both classroom and field-work with excursions to wool processing facilities, stud and commercial operations as well as an exposure to a variety of non-woolgrowing enterprises.

Growing the skills of Australian woolgrowers is a key element within the current AWI Strategic Plan.

Pages 63/64 of the plan outline the investment focus and targets associated with Education and Extension investments.

Breeding Leadership is held in conjunction with South Australian based consultancy Rural Directions together with sponsorship by ANZ Agribusiness and the Future Farmers Network.

Breeding Leadership participants 2014
Scott Dixon Carrathool, NSW Jessica Horstman Northampton, WA
Murray Jackson Ando, NSW Stephen Keatley Gnowangerup, WA
Samantha McPhee Crookwell, NSW Thomas Pengilly Esperance, WA
Michael Peden Goulburn, NSW Robert Brown Bollon, QLD
Brett Smith Walgett, NSW Lauren Crothers Dirranbandi, QLD
Tom Tourle Dubbo, NSW Alexandria Duske Elbow Valley, QLD
Nicola Turner Broken Hill, NSW Jayden Harris Mitchell, SA
Catherine Agar Penshurst, Vic Robert Pocock Lameroo, SA
Simon Riddle Violet Town, Vic Fiona Warwick Cradock, SA
Daniel Rogers Telangatuk East, Vic Frank Archer Cressy, Tas
Samantha Wan Altona Gate, Vic Emma Boon Kempton, Tas


Released by:

Marius Cuming
Manager Corporate Communications
Mobile: +61 400 305 716

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