ABIF Awards Seven Scholarships to attend Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program

The Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) are pleased to have supported seven scholars again this year to attend the 2014 Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program.

“Sponsorship of our programs by Fairfax Agricultural Media, HV McKay Charitable Trust and Centralian Beef Breeders Association have made it possible to provide the 2014 Scholarships” ABIF Chairman John Gunthorpe said when reflecting on the scholarships today.

The ABIF scholars attending Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program this year were:-

HV McKay Charitable Trust Scholars: Kylie Stretton, Charters Towers, QLD; and Aleisha Finger, Dysart, QLD

Centralian Beef Breeders Association Scholars: Hamish Lee-Warner, Minderoo Station, WA

Fairfax Agricultural Media Scholars: Richard Sutton, King Island, TAS; Jim Guilfoyle, Kyneton, VIC; Meg Bell, Millicent, SA; and Rich Trigg, Adelong, NSW

“These seven scholars joined an impressive alumni of young people who attended the Marcus Oldham Leadership Program and are now making an important contribution to Australia’s agriculture” Mr Gunthorpe said.

The 2014 Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program ran 30th June to 04th July and is an intensive five-day workshop conducted on the college campus at Geelong. The prestigious leadership program assists young people by enhancing their personal development and leadership abilities to equip them in taking leadership roles in the agricultural sector. For young people involved in agriculture the course also provides excellent opportunities to network with other future leaders.

Fairfax Agricultural Media ABIF Scholarship recipient Jim Guilfoyle, Livestock Procurement Manager for Coles Supermarkets said “I was very impressed with the quality of the program particularly the calibre of the guest speakers and the diversity of the participants. The week was interactive, challenging and directly applicable to the modern agricultural industry”.

“The Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program provided an excellent networking opportunity. Participants gathered from across the country and all sectors of the agricultural industry including truffle farming, cotton, agribusiness and beef, and all up and coming leaders of their sector. I would highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to improve their leadership skills and thank Fairfax Agricultural Media and ABIF for the opportunity to attend” Mr Guilfoyle said.

ABIF Sponsored and delegates

Pictured: ABIF delegates with scholarship recipients

Meg Bell, Millicent SA; Lyn Davies, Director ABIF Education Fund; Jim Guilfoyle, Coles Supermarkets Victoria; Kylie Stretton, Charters Towers Queensland; Michael Pointer, past Director ABIF; Richard Sutton, King Island Tasmania; Aleisha Finger, Dysart Queensland; Jason Strong, CEO AACo; John Gunthorpe, Chairman ABIF; Brian Mobbs, Life Member ABIF; Rich Trigg, Adelong, NSW; Sam Inglis, Director of Corporate Training Marcus Oldham College ; Simon Falkiner, Director ABIF Education Fund; Ivan Pyke, Sales Manager Merial Australia; Hamish Lee-Warner, Minderoo, WA.

Contact: John Gunthorpe, Chairman ABIF

E: jgunthorpe@bigpond.com

T: 0400 403 456