Beef 2015

Beef 2015 mentor program participants get to work

Beef Central, 05/01/2015



NINE of the beef industry’s best and brightest young minds are a step closer to pursuing their dreams after being selected to be participate in the inaugural Graeme Acton Beef Connections Mentor Program.

The successful candidates, all aged between 25 and 35, were announced recently and will now have access to mentoring from experienced beef industry leaders, as well as formal personal development training.

They come from four states and territories, and represent a broad cross-section of activity across the beef and live export supply chain.

Blair Angus

Blair Angus

Beef Connections is a new initiative of the Beef Australia 2015 Next Generation committee, designed to assist in the acquisition and retention of talented young people in the beef industry.

“The quality of the 49 applications received was outstanding across the board, and so tough was the task of separating candidates for the eight spots on offer, that we have provided an additional ninth position to cater for another worthy recipient,” Beef Australia chairman Blair Angus said.

“A core goal of Beef Australia is to act as a platform to build the capacity of the national beef industry, so it is particularly pleasing that the successful applicants are from all parts of the country and currently have roles at various points along the length of the beef supply chain.”

The Graeme Acton Beef Connections Mentor Program participants announced recently are:

  • Adam Coffey, beef producer, NT
  • Amanda Moohen, beef producer, Qld
  • Ashley Kirk, beef producer, Qld
  • Blythe Calnan, live export industry, WA
  • Donald Hook, ag education, WA
  • Joanna Robertson, DAFF extension employee, Qld
  • Kenrick Cross, beef producer, NSW
  • Rachel Hoolihan, agribusiness, Qld
  • Sarah Rutledge, marketing, Qld.

The Beef Connections program was named in honour of the late Graeme Acton, who was renowned for supporting young people in entering the sector and generously sharing with them his extensive knowledge.

The successful candidates will now be paired with a mentor who has proven leadership skills in agricultural industry, who will support each participant to achieve their personal development aspirations.

Mentors are currently being selected, and will be introduced to the participants in January 2015, ahead of the Building Your Future Conference to be held in Brisbane in February 2015.

Mentors and protégés will meet again at Beef Australia 2015, where they will be involved in a workshop program.




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