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A unique leadership opportunity for growers

Combining application and selection revision with the development of leadership capability and sound governance capacity a modern Director requires, OnBoard is a unique and exciting professional development opportunity specifically for growers.

OnBoard is a pandemic-proof program, meaning participants can still develop their skills in both a face-to-face or virtual learning environment.

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Key Dates: Applications open 17 January 2022 Applications close 7 February 2022 Successful applicants notified: 1 March 2022

The OnBoard program was developed by GrainGrowers after recognising the depth of talented growers capable of making significant contributions to the sector, yet lack of grower applicants for industry boards.

The program is comprised of hard and soft skills training by expert facilitators as well as funding participants to complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

The program will be made up of three modules with each module being delivered by a different facilitator/expert.

MODULE 1 Honing the Hard Skills. This module is about preparing for the board selection process and your first board appointment. It will look at areas such as developing a Board CV, using critical analysis tools and understanding Director responsibilities.

MODULE 2 Sharpening the Soft Skills. This module is about developing the intangible skills that effective board directors possess such as the art of influencing and speaking with authority.

MODULE 3 Governance Training. The participants will complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Read the information brochure below to find out more about the program.

OnBoard Information Brochure

Meet the inaugural OnBoard participants

Ashleigh Brooks

Dimboola, VIC

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Ashleigh Brooks

Dimboola, VIC

Wimmera grain grower and InterGrain Senior marketing lead with extensive cross sectoral supply chain knowledge and understanding of on-farm profit drivers. Advocate for sustainable broadacre agriculture, grower driven industry solutions and opportunities; passionate about leadership, development, investment and building diverse capacity in regional Australia.

Bruce Watson

Parkes, NSW

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Bruce Watson

Parkes, NSW

Bruce is a Director in his family's winter and summer dryland grain growing business Kebby & Watson based at Parkes, Central West NSW. He is a Nuffield Scholar and also a member of the GRDC Northern Panel.

Claire Booth

Geurie, NSW

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Claire Booth

Geurie, NSW

Claire is a hybrid farmer ("half lawyer, half farmer"), mother of young children and grateful for her very supportive husband Brendan, who together founded Booth Ag in 2012. Booth Ag produces vegetables, grains, seed, lamb & beef in the Macquarie Valley of New South Wales.

John Bennett

Lawloit, VIC

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John Bennett

Lawloit, VIC

John is a grain grower at Lawloit, in Victoria’s West Wimmera region. John’s background is very much all farming. John is a member of the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) Wimmera Advisory Committee and the Chair of the GRDC Southern Region panel.

Kate Gunn

Curlewis, NSW

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Kate Gunn

Curlewis, NSW

Kate, together with her parents and brother, runs a progressive family farming business on the Liverpool Plains which comprises of broadacre rain fed winter and summer crops, grain handling, storage and logistic operations, as well as a beef cattle operation. Kate holds Bachelors of Science and Commerce and a Master of Economics, and has recently been admitted as a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Megan Gooding

Kukerin, WA

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Megan Gooding

Kukerin, WA

Megan is the Managing Director of Three Farmers Australia, a paddock to plate business that has brought Australian grown quinoa and low-gluten oats to supermarket shelves Australia-wide to replace imported products. She farms a mixed crop and livestock enterprise with her husband and extended family near Kukerin in Western Australia.

Sam Heagney

Mungindi, NSW

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Sam Heagney

Mungindi, NSW

Sam grew up on the outskirts of Melbourne in Victoria. Sam worked as a grain trader and grain broker across Australia before moving to Mungindi on the NSW/Qld border with his wife, Annette, in 2012 where he is now operations manager on her family’s property. They grow dryland and irrigated wheat, barley, chickpeas, cotton and sorghum and run a small cattle grazing enterprise.

Tracy Lefroy

Moora, WA

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Tracy Lefroy

Moora, WA

As a farmer and a community leader, Tracy holds several roles that makes her a valuable asset to the GrainGrowers NPG. Tracy is a Partner in a 4500ha grain growing enterprise (6300ha total), Cranmore Farming, Moora Shire President, a board member of Innovations Central Midlands Inc and Gardiner Street Arts Collective and completed Leadership WA’s Signature Leadership Program as Valedictorian (2019). These positions contribute and attest to Tracy’s ability to approach challenges strategically.

Why was OnBoard developed?

The Problem:

There is no shortage of talented and progressive grain farmers in Australia, many of whom are capable of making significant contributions to the grains industry. However, it can be difficult to attract a competitive Director candidate field for industry positions.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that this is due to growers being time-poor, not perceiving themselves as board director material, or as is the case for many, lacking the skills and experience required to see them successfully appointed to or endorsed for a board position.

The Solution:

GrainGrowers seeks to expand the talent pool of qualified grower director candidates and ensure that we have a strong talent pipeline into the future by providing a professional development program that builds the requisite skills for collaborative, progressive and effective governance.