OnBoard – A grower director progam

Growers keen to be an active voice for their industry through board appointments and Directorships were encouraged to take part in a grains industry-first initiative.

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

Eight growers from across Australia have been announced as the inaugural participants for the GrainGrowers OnBoard grower director program.

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 and committees.

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

Meet the inaugural OnBoard participants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracy Lefroy, together with her husband Kristin, runs Cranmore Farming; a diversified livestock and cropping farm in the WA wheatbelt. In addition to her on-farm role, Tracy is also Moora Shire President, a member of the National Policy Group and an active community member.