The Cattle Council of Australia and National Australia Bank had announced the seven state finalists for the 2020 NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion Initiative, a program designed to develop and support young, passionate members of the Australian beef industry.
The 2020 finalists are:
• John Cunnington, Perth, Western Australia
• Elisha Parker, Clermont, Queensland
• Bianca Tarrant, Casino, New South Wales
• Chelsea Rayner, Sheffield, Tasmania
• Elle Moyle, Hamilton, Victoria
• Grayson Webster, Darwin, Northern Territory
• Emily Buddle, Eudunda, South Australia
With a focus on developing the leadership, negotiation and business skills of emerging beef industry leaders, the NAB Agribusiness Rising Champions program is a key initiative for the sector.
Cattle Council President, Tony Hegarty, said the program is an important avenue for young industry participants to strengthen their skills and take the next step in their careers.
“Many of this year’s finalists are already actively involved in the beef industry, and the Rising Champions program is a wonderful springboard for them to really take this involvement to the next level,” Mr Hegarty said.
“Boosting the sustainability of the beef industry is a key objective of ours, and we see development of our young industry participants as being critical to this achieving this.”
NAB Agribusiness Customer Executive, Neil Findlay, said the bank was proud to be supporting the program for the tenth consecutive year.
“NAB is a firm believer in the importance of developing the skills and networks of young professionals in our rural and regional areas, and we’re delighted to once again be supporting the Rising Champions program,” Mr Findlay said.
“Congratulations to the 2020 state finalists. The calibre of candidates that the Rising Champions program continues to attract is outstanding and bodes well for the future of the Australian beef industry.”
The seven state finalists will attend an intensive three-day leadership development workshop in Canberra in August 2019, where they will meet with politicians, network with departmental staff, and learn a range of leadership and communication techniques.