Farm Management

Leadership, governance training scholarship applications

Attending the 2016 governance scholarship training in Canberra are John Murdoch (NSW), Troy Fischer (SA), Malcolm Starritt (VIC), David Young (NSW), Bindi Murray (WA), Fiona Rasheed (SA), Allison Harker (NSW), Andrea Mitchell (NSW), Jo Hall (Wool Producers Australia), Kat Giles and Kathleen Allan (Sheepmeat Council of Australia). Image credit: Sheepmeat Council of Australia

Applications are open for the Sheepmeat Industry Governance Scholarship – an opportunity for sheepmeat producers to receive formal training in industry leadership and corporate governance.

There are five scholarships available – each valued at up to $10,000 – through the Sheepmeat Council of Australia and Meat & Livestock Australia joint initiative, ‘Building Leadership Capability for the Sheep Industry’.

The initiative’s objective is to ensure the Australian sheep industry attracts and retains people with leadership skills to contribute to the long-term viability of the industry by developing industry capability and capacity.

The governance scholarship is for producers to complete the Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors. It includes all course fees and one year of AICD membership (paid direct to the AICD), travel to the course and accommodation and meals during the course.

The course is a five-day intensive program for board directors, aspiring directors or executives and focuses on the roles, responsibilities and skills required by directors and boards.

Sheepmeat Council of Australia CEO Kat Giles says the Council is committed to ensuring the next generation of sheep producers is equipped to take on positions of leadership in the organisation.

“Strong corporate governance and board leadership skills are crucial to the future of the Australian sheep industry and the AICD Course is a great program to learn the skills important to SCA,” she said.

“Graduates learn key skills such as the roles and responsibilities of being a director, duties around risk, legalities, strategy, financial literacy and driving board effectiveness which is useful at a farm management level as well as representing the industry.”

Participants in the 2016 program, held in Canberra, said:

“The course gave a comprehensive overview of governance structures, relevant legislation, risk management and financial literacy and gave excellent insight into what to look for and what questions to ask to ensure sound Board decision-making. It has increased my confidence and helped to fill skill gaps in financial literacy as well as updating and strengthening other knowledge areas. It is a very positive move that the sheep industry is upskilling those in the industry in corporate governance as it will increase the confidence and effectiveness of decision-making of those involved in the industry which will in turn strengthen the performance of the industry itself.”

  • Fiona Rasheed, producer, South East of South Australia

“Completing the AICD Company Directors Course was a really valuable experience for me personally, giving me great exposure to the principles that underpin good governance from grassroots organisations right through to whole-of-industry bodies. The training provided to me and the other participants will help ensure the sheep industry has a growing number of individuals that understand governance and are able to apply those skills within the boards and governing bodies they are part of now and for years to come.”

  • Troy Fischer, producer, Mid North of South Australia

Applications must be submitted before 5pm on Tuesday 1 August 2017.

Source: Sheepmeat Council of Australia

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