GRDC invests in rural leaders
Author: Ellen McNamara | Date: 24 May 2018
A Forbes, central west New South Wales grain grower and business advisor is one of two Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) funded participants in the recently announced Course 25 of the iconic Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP).
The ARLP is a 15-month leadership program which takes place across Australia and Indonesia, immersing participants in a series of unique experiences to develop their leadership capabilities.
Emma Thomas said the opportunity to be involved in the ARLP has been one of her long-term goals.
“I have always been a strong advocate of investing in people, as they are the future of the industry both as researchers, growers and members of the supply chain,” she said.
“I firmly believe strong leadership and appropriately skilled people are essential for the successful future of the industry.
“I hope the ARLP will give me a greater understanding of leadership qualities, good networks with like-minded people as well as help me to lead a sustainable agricultural industry in my region and in Australia.”
The participants will start their first session of the program in Darwin in July 2018, before travelling to the Kimberley region in Western Australia for an outdoor component of the program.
GRDC Grower Relations Manager North Richard Holzknecht said the GRDC considered the ARLP an important way to build leadership capacity within the grains industry.
“The GRDC invests in this, as well as many other scholarships, training awards, student development programs and fellowships which are aimed at supporting current and future members of the Australian grains industry,” he said.
“Through this investment we aim to improve grain growers’ capacity to lead, learn, change, innovate and advance the industry.”
Ms Thomas holds a Masters in Environmental Business Management from the University of Newcastle and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program with Grain Growers Ltd.
In 2015, she led one of GRDC’s investments, a Partners in Grain grower tour to Western Australia to showcase environmental issues (resistance and integrated weed management) which could be addressed through management practice change in NSW.
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