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Agribusiness leaders graduate from industry leadership program

Recent graduates of the ARLF’s Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program.
Recent graduates of the ARLF’s Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program.

Article first appeared on the ARLF website here.

Sixteen leaders recently graduated from the second Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program run by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF).

The Agribusiness Leadership Program is a leadership development program designed specifically for agribusiness leaders. It encourages participants to develop greater self-awareness and adaptability in their leadership style and approach. It provides opportunities to develop a deep sense of trust amongst a cohort of agribusiness leaders; cultivating beneficial inter-organisational linkages.

The program initiates structured pathways for future leadership development and offers access to a diverse, national network of leaders through our alumni of over 1000 rural, regional and remote leaders.

The 2017 cohort of leaders came from different organisations and locations to collectively develop themselves as leaders, develop relationships and collaborate with other agribusiness leaders. This was the groups’ final session, with the first session taking place in Victoria in March and an online session occurring in April.

Two Syngenta staff participated in the program, Grayson Killen and Ross Bloore, both Strategic Account Managers based in the Syngenta head office in Sydney.

“This program has really reinvigorated my leadership journey. It deepened the awareness I have of myself and who I am. It certainly deepened my awareness of the influence and the impact we can make as a team. And of the program itself, the biggest gift is the network that comes from being involved,” Grayson Killen.

“What I took away from the experience was the collaboration and the friendships; the relationships with industry people that we’ll be seeing and working with from now. The breadth of the experience in the group was fantastic and everyone has a likeminded mentality. We all want the same things and we are going to fight to get there,” Ross Bloore.


Before graduating, the cohort presented an inspiring initiative which focused on ways to encourage youth, particularly science, technology, mathematics and engineering graduates into the agribusiness sector.



  • Ross Bloore, Syngenta          
  • Grayson Killen, Syngenta
  • Jacqui Cannon, Consolidated Pastoral Company    
  • Paul Channon, CBH Group   
  • Matt Ericsson, Elders 
  • Clark Forbes, SunPork          
  • Sam Gaston, Westpac          
  • Scott Glasser, Millmerran Meat Holdings      
  • Jonathon Hewitt, Elders         
  • Sion Jones, NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Deb Kerr, Australian Pork Limited     
  • Lloyd Neilson, NAB    
  • Ciaran O’Gorman, Auctions Plus      
  • Bradley Siddans, Oakey Beef Exports         
  • Renee Teys, Teys     
  • Dionne Walsh, NT Department of Primary Industries and Resources