Timothy Chaffey of Quirindi and Richard Malone of Griffith have graduated as cotton's participants in course 24 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP), supported by CRDC, Cotton Australia and Auscott Limited.
The graduates were presented with their certificate at an event in Canberra in October by Australia’s Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove who is Patron-in-Chief of the Foundation, and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove.
Timothy and Richard are among 33 leaders from diverse industries, communities and backgrounds selected to undertake the ARLP: a 15-month leadership program which takes place across Australia and Indonesia, immersing rural, regional and remote leaders in a series of unique experiences to develop their leadership capabilities.
The next cohort of rural leaders selected to participate in the ARLP were announced in August, with Fleur Anderson and John Durham announced as the next cotton industry recipients. Fleur is no stranger to leadership, having a long list of responsibilities including the chair of this year’s Australian Cotton Conference, for a start, however she has found the experience so far to be an incredible one.
“I’ve returned from the Kimberley experience and am grateful for the support I have in CRDC, CA and Auscott.
“Really it's a luxury to take two weeks out from your everyday to take stock and think about your 'what next'.
“Whilst the program was far from luxury I will always be thankful for that luxury of time, personal development and reflection.
“I've met some incredible people, done some incredible things and I'm looking forward to the next instalments.”
Through the sponsors, ARLP includes a $55,000 scholarship for each participant to undertake the program. During the program the participants will develop as leaders through challenging their own behaviours, thinking and actions, and those of others and develop relationships to form a network of supportive leaders.