Gardiner Foundation backs NHIA Award

Posted By Adam Sawell  
14:11 PM

NHIA is excited to announce that the Gardiner Foundation is supporting the 2023 NHIA Young Achiever Award with a fully sponsored place for the winner on the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program.

Rural Leadership Program

Over the course of a week NHIA’s Young Achiever Award recipient will have the opportunity to develop leadership, communication and planning skills.

Through personal involvement and group participation, they will gain an understanding of their strengths and development needs, as well as having the opportunity to network with keynote speakers from a range of rural and community organisations from across Australia.

This program is designed to connect participants with prominent community and industry leaders to maximise their learning experience. The program is supported by NAB Agribusiness.

About the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program

NHIA CEO Sara Merckel says: “With Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s support we are able to offer the 2023 NHIA Young Achiever Award winner a fantastic opportunity to fast track their career and leadership development. I’d encourage all members to consider eligible candidates for the award from their workforce.”

Young Achiever Award - call for nominations

Please note that applications for the 2023 NHIA Young Achiever Award MUST be made via NHIA using the official nomination form by close of business on Monday 23rd January 2023. No time extensions will be allowed.

Award nominees must be available for interview on Wednesday 25th January. The Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program takes place in Waurn Ponds, Victoria, from Sunday 14th to Friday 19th May 2023.

Download the form and apply now

Who should attend?

 NHIA ask that you nominate your young emerging leaders, those who would get maximum benefit and express a keen interest in this program. 

They must also be enthusiastic and committed about their career in industry with:

  • Potential to contribute as a leader in their community and industry
  • Demonstrated desire to develop their leadership skills, self-confidence and personal effectiveness
  • Capacity to contribute to our diverse national industry, sector and role representation criteria
  • Participants should be at least 21 years of age to 35 years of age

 Learning outcomes

The NHIA Young Achiever Award winner can expect to gain:

  • An appreciation of the demands of leadership within the current rural environment
  • Awareness of the five major practices of successful leaders
  • An understanding of your own strengths and development needs, and how these interact
  • Communication strategies
  • Decision-making skills

Laurie Wells Award – call for nominations

NHIA is proud to have a long-standing tradition of awarding the prestigious Meritorious Service Award, which is now named the Laurie Wells Award.

The Laurie Wells Award recognises excellence and outstanding service to the Australian dairy industry and more specifically the herd improvement sector.

Nominations are requested for the Laurie Wells Award by Monday 23rd January 2023 via email to the NHIA office using the official nomination form.

Alternatively visit the awards page on the NHIA website. Any questions in relation to either award should be sent to NHIA CEO Sara Merckel.