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14 in Sheep industry leadership program

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Dec 14, 2017

Sheep Producers Australia has selected 14 participants to be part of its Sheep Industry Leadership Program, to be run in 2018.

The successful applicants work throughout the sheepmeat value chain representing producers, agribusiness, researchers, marketing and communications and industry consultants – from all sheep producing states.

They include:
    John Murdoch, NSW
    Jock Munro, NSW
    Peter Thornton, NSW
    Allison Mudford, NSW
    Steph Fowler, NSW
    Johnny Gardner, Vic
    Craig Hinchliffe, Vic
    Catriona Nicholls, Tas
    George Nichols, Tas
    Louisa Street, Tas
    Karen Smith, WA
    Susanne Levett, WA
    Samantha Anderson, Qld
    Graham Clothier, SA

Sheep Producers Australia President Allan Piggott said it was only the second year that the professional development program had been run, as part of the SPA and Meat & Livestock Australia joint initiative, Building Leadership Capability for the Sheep Industry.

“The initiative is designed to ensure the Australian sheep industry attracts, develops and retains people with the right leadership skills to contribute to the long-term viability of the industry,” Mr Piggott said.

“As part of a review undertaken by SPA two years ago, during its development of the Sheep Industry Strategic Plan 2020, it was determined that there were 150 leadership positions within the industry which were being filled by only about 50-60 people.

“So we know there is a real need to be investing in the current and future leaders of our industry to ensure the sheep industry has a strong, united voice to government and service providers.”

The program is run by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and occurs over three sessions – two face-to-face and one online.

The first face-to-face session is in Queensland in February 2018, where participants will embark on an outdoors experiential learning experience and classroom activities understanding their role in the industry.

Session two will be held in March and April where participants will be guided through online programs and the final session is set for May and will coincide with a range of SPA Board and other leadership activities.

Each of the 15 positions in the program is valued at more than $10,000 which covers all training, course materials and travel to the two face-to-face sessions.

To find out more about SPA’s investment in leadership programs, visit