Grains Leaders Step Up for the Challenge

Author: | Date: 28 Jun 2019

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Annabelle Bushell established the legal entity, Grower Group Alliance Inc. to support WA grower groups to succeed, and collaborate on research and innovations. Photo GRDC

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is proud to be supporting the ARLP again in 2020, to further develop the skills of identified leaders across the grains sector.

Early July will see leaders from the grains industry commence their first session of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) in Darwin, before travelling to the Kimberley region in WA for an outdoor experiential component of the program.

Annabelle Bushell (WA) and Claire McLaren (NSW) have been selected to represent the grains industry in the upcoming ARLP cohort. Thirty-four people from across rural, regional and remote Australia have been selected to partake in Course 26 of the iconic Program.

Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) says the ARLP is a 15-month leadership program which takes place across Australia and Vietnam, immersing participants in a series of unique experiences to develop their leadership capabilities.

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Clare McLaren is a member of the local council and is passionate about representing farmers on issues that are important to them. Claire hopes to gain the skills and confidence to take the issues of importance to rural and regional communities to the decision makers in the city centres. Photo GRDC.

“Our generous partners provide a $55,000 scholarship for each participant to undertake the program. Our partners believe that investing in people is crucial for the greater good of rural, regional and remote Australia,” said Matt.

“Throughout the program participants will engage in challenging and lifechanging experiences. We’ll provide time and space to reflect on their abilities as a leader. They’ll be given the tools and capacity to influence change and make an impact in regional Australia.”

GRDC Managing Director, Dr Steve Jefferies recognises the critically important role leadership will play in the future of the Australian grains industry.

“Throughout the grains industry we have incredibly committed and capable leaders. GRDC’s support for the ARLP program allows leaders to sharpen their skills and provides the networks and opportunities for them to amplify their contribution for grain growers nationally.

The ARLP is Australia’s longest and most in-depth experiential leadership program. The program gives participants valuable opportunities to nurture, challenge and build upon their leadership skills with people from diverse communities and industries.

Contact Details


Kylie Dunstan, GRDC Head of Corporate Affairs
+61 428 864 934