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ARLF welcomes new Directors

ARLF welcomes new Directors

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation would like to welcome two new directors to its Board, in the wake of its 2015 Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 18 November.

Rob Dulhunty joins the Foundation as its newest elected Director. Rob is chair of Landcare New South Wales, and Manager at Nant Pastoral Co Pty Ltd. He brings to the Foundation Board extensive experience in agriculture and leadership.

Anna Carr also joins the ARLF Board as a Fellow Director, bringing diverse skills in agriculture, environment and policy. Anna is a graduate of Course 20 of the Foundation’s Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP). She has a PhD in Resource and Environmental Management, and is currently on secondment with the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy on stakeholder and communication mapping for northern initiatives.

The Foundation would like to congratulate its newest elected directors, and extend its warmest thanks to its two outgoing directors.

Barb Madden, a graduate of ARLP Course 14, dedicated six years to the Foundation Board, bringing invaluable experience in financial administration, community innovation and engagement, and Indigenous affairs. Barb held the role of Chair of the Foundation’s Finance and Audit Committee, displaying impressive passion and rigour in her work.

“It has been an absolute honour to sit on the Board of the ARLF,” Barb said.

“As someone who lives and runs a business in rural Australia, I applaud the Foundation’s commitment to improving rural economic and social outcomes, through developing its people.”

Over the past three years, Craig Burns has deftly juggled his Board position with that as Managing Director of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Craig brought an informed big-picture perspective to his role, leveraging his extensive experience working with international bodies including the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and the OECD.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure engaging with the Foundation,” Craig said.

“Developing leadership skills is essential for the future of rural Australia. The ARLF has rightly developed a reputation as the leading delivery agency of rural based leadership programs. I wish the Foundation well for the future.”

Foundation Chair, Dr Wendy Craik, said each outgoing director demonstrated the dedication to rural, regional and remote Australia that is a signature of the ARLF and its work.

“I would like to thank Barb and Craig for the tremendous commitment they have shown in their roles. They contributed essential skills that have assisted me in my work as Chair, and they will be missed.” Dr Craik said.

“The constitutional changes passed today mean that the Foundation is well placed to meet the challenges ahead through a skills-based Board. It is exciting to welcome Rob and Anna as our newest directors. I look forward to working closely with them as we continue to focus our efforts based on the Foundation’s values: to develop and promote courageous, visionary, ethical leadership for the greater good of regional Australia.”

View as media release here.

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