National Leadership Course
About the National Leadership Course: The South Australian Stud Merino Sheepbreeders’ Association (Merino SA) conducted an inaugural leadership course in 2003 that has since been expanded to cover all States. The first national event was held in 2006, followed by another in February 2008 and 2010. The objectives are to –
- Develop leadership skills for young people.
- Provide an opportunity for networking for future leaders.
- Learn and understand the various processes involved for leadership.
- Promote and nurture future industry leaders.
- Target industry needs.
- Ensure future leaders maintain and expand their profile and advocacy role for the Australian Merino industry.
Rural Directions Pty Limited prepare and deliver session plans. Travel and course costs are subsidised by sponsors with participants paying a minimal amount. Eligible applicants (guideline to age range 18-35) should approach the relevant Stud Merino Breeder Association in the State where they reside.
Press Release, 4 February 2008
Exciting future for the Merino
The promotion and nurturing of future leaders of Australia’s Merino sheep and wool industry is one aim of a leadership course taking place in Clare, SA, this week.
An initiative of the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders (AASMB), the course is sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) with funding also provided by FarmBi$ and National Australia Bank Agribusiness (NAB).
Young Merino industry participants have been selected from the six Merino breeding States of Australia to take part in this four-day course which will develop their leadership skills while giving them a better understanding of the various processes involved in leadership.
Conducted by Rural Directions Pty Ltd, the course will give each young breeder a valuable networking opportunity and a chance to expand their profile and advocacy role in the Australian Merino industry.
President of the AASMB, Will Roberts said, “The passion and commitment already displayed by these young people promises an exciting future for the Merino industry.”
Aged between 21 and 35, those selected by the various State Merino breeding associations to participate in the course are:
New South Wales: James Armstrong, Stephen Lindsay, Matthew Coddington, Ben Watts
Tasmania: Michael Nicholas, George Gatenby
South Australia: Matthew Fiebig, James Sullivan, Adam Willis, Michael Mortiz
Western Australia: Steven Bolt, Courtney Sutherland, Peter Whitfield, Nathan King
Queensland: Catherine Roberts, Candice Roberts
Victoria: James Collins, Penny Phillips, Trent Carter, Sam Thring
Mr Roberts said, “This is our second biennial National Leadership course and with the generous sponsorship and collaboration of Australian Wool Innovation, FarmBi$, NAB Agribusiness and Rural Directions I am confident that at the course’s conclusion these talented and promising individuals will be in a position to develop an action plan to further their leadership roles in the industry.
“For a number of participants who have already taken on leadership roles within industry, the course provides the opportunity to enhance their skills and the goals they have set for themselves.”
Topics covered by the leadership course include entrepreneurship, decision-making, public speaking, media management, conflict resolution and corporate governance.
The NAB’s David Watson will also address participants on one of the main issues confronting young farmers today, that of succession planning.
The AASMB thanks the sponsors of The 2008 National Leadership Course - FarmBi$, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and National Australia Bank Agribusiness. Without their support the leadership initiative would not be possible.
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