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This week 22 young wool industry representatives from across Australia have gathered in Clare, SA for the AWI Breeding Leadership 2024 course.

The biennial, week-long course includes sessions on personal leadership, strategic planning, and corporate governance, as well as skills such as communication and delegation.

Charlie Brumpton from Mitchell, Queensland, is one of the woolgrowers participating. Charlie is aiming to boost his “confidence in people management, decision making and future planning”. Day to day he oversees three employees and aims to bring his new knowledge back to his team and business.

Another woolgrower, Allie Brinkworth from Meningie, South Australia, said she’s enjoying developing her personal skills and commented “the opportunity to network with people across the wool industry from right across Australia is so beneficial for the whole rest of my career”.

Allie Brinkworth , Woolgrower

Meningie, South Australia
Breeding Leadership 2024 participant

Charlie Brumpton, Woolgrower

Mitchell, Queensland
Breeding Leadership 2024 participant

Emily King, AWI National Extension Manager, said “2024 is the tenth iteration of Breeding Leadership. For many years it has been an industry-recognised program that engages the next generation of woolgrowers and industry stakeholders. Since 2006, over 200 people have undertaken the program – many of whom are now in leadership positions across the industry. I am sure this cohort will be the same into the future, they’re a great bunch of young people.”

As well as the structured course work, throughout the week the group visit two local Merino operations to look at innovative on-farm practices and hear lived examples of what they’ve been hearing on the course, as well as a bus tour to gain a first-hand insight into the latest industry research and wool processing. AWI CEO, John Roberts, also hosts the AWI Breeding Leadership Industry Dinner as a networking opportunity for the course participants with industry guests.

AWI Breeding Leadership is a flagship investment under AWI’s Leadership and Capacity Building program. AWI Breeding Leadership aims to develop young leaders to enable them to actively contribute to the future of our wool industry and encourage them to step into leadership roles within their business, industry and community.

The program is running from 12-16 February 2024.

AWI Breeding Leadership 2024 course participants

New South Wales
Austin Grace Murringo
Jack Kelly Murrawombie
Sarah Maher Wagga Wagga
Jesse Moody Tenterfield
Christine Plummer Buronga
George Shannon Bookham
Britt Stein


Joe Walden Cootamundra
Nick Westcott Peak Hill
Charlie Brumpton Mitchell
  South Australia
Allie Brinkworth Meningie
James Goss Brinkworth
Liam Sander Hamilton
Tim Shepherd Balaklava
Chloe Smart Stirling North
Grace Teate Wandearah
Amy Byrne Wangaratta
Kate Methven Branxholme
Emily Foss Upper Lurg
  Western Australia
Luke Button Tammin
Tom Campbell Boxwood Hill
Trent James Karlgarin

Participant images and contact details are available on request.


Kevin Wilde
0436 031 277


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