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Landmark program to boost grower representation on boards

Grain Central, February 2, 2021

FARMERS across Australia who are keen to grow strategic direction in a boardroom setting in addition to their crop rotation are encouraged to apply for a landmark program initiated by GrainGrowers.

OnBoard: a grower director program’ has been developed to strengthen the pipeline of growers applying for board director positions. The program will upskill growers, enabling further industry representation by those who experience the challenges and opportunities of the industry first-hand.

David McKeon

Evidence suggests that due to the time-consuming nature of farming, many growers do not see themselves as a natural fit in a director role. Feedback received was that growers would like to further develop the specific skills around the role of a board director.

The GrainGrowers OnBoard program will cover all costs for growers including supporting a place on the prestigious Australian Company of Industry Directors course.

“It is critical that grower voices are a part of the conversation at every level. An investment in our growers is an investment in our industry’s future,” GrainGrowers chief executive officer David McKeon said.

“At GrainGrowers, we are proud that our Board and National Policy Group have strong grower representation. GrainGrowers has created this opportunity to ensure that growers who are keen to be an active voice for their industry through board appointments and Directorships have a professional development opportunity designed specifically for them.”

The OnBoard program covers hard and soft skills as well as governance training. Each module will be facilitated by an industry expert.

Source: GrainGrowers

Growers from across Australia are encouraged to apply via the GrainGrowers website before Friday 13 March 2021.

 

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