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Emerging leaders complete TRAIL 2016

Emerging leaders complete TRAIL 2016

The eight day TRAIL program came to an end in Canberra on 20 April 2016, capping off another successful program for emerging leaders from rural and regional Australia. Armed with enhanced leadership skills and contacts to draw on, this cohort of TRAIL graduates will return to their communities and workplaces keen to apply their valuable learnings and reflections.

Training Rural Australians in Leadership (TRAIL) is an experiential program for emerging leaders working in or for rural and regional Australia, who are ready to develop their capabilities and potential. The program takes participants through experiences designed to establish collaborative skills, build team cooperation and understand individual’s behavioural preferences.

Mark Langham of Kialla, Victoria; Ria Garside of Clermont, Queensland; James Battams of Canberra; Jeff Schuller of Coonamble, NSW; Kailu George from the Torres Strait, Queensland; Emily Hanlan of Delungra, NSW; Lauren McNally of Spring Hill, NSW, Emma McCullagh from Emerald, QLD; Jessica Horstman of Drummond Cove, WA; Sam Tourle of Dubbo, NSW and Michelle Wickson from Canberra made up this year’s cohort of up-and-coming leaders.

For Ria Garside, who works on her family’s 10,500 acre property in central Queensland, the TRAIL program offered an ideal opportunity to hone her communication skills.

“I want to contribute to my local community to the best of my ability. Experiences like TRAIL are very rare and will broaden my ideas for a stronger future. I’ve committed myself to a life in agriculture and want to do the best job possible, ”Ria said.

The latest crop of TRAIL participants are united by a common passion for their communities, and the desire to make a real difference through their work.

Kailu George, from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, currently works with artists from the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area and is committed to the maintenance and preservation of Indigenous artefacts.

“I have a passion for working in the art and culture industry. This program provides the opportunity to learn leadership skills for my workplace and community,” Kailu said.

The Foundation’s TRAIL program combines outdoor challenges and engagement with inspiring leaders from Canberra and surrounds. Participants on the program this year are endorsed for participation by a range of industries and sectors.

This year, places have been supported by: Australian Lot Feeders’ Association, Torres Strait Regional Authority, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Australian Wool Innovation and Australian Pork Limited

To find out more about this unique program for emerging leaders, visit: http://rural-leaders.com.au/programs/trail-for-emerging-leaders

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