Cotton leaders graduate from Australian Rural Leadership Program (23 September 2014)

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Cotton’s representatives on the highly regarded Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) – Elizabeth Stott and Brooke Summers – have graduated from Course 20 in Darwin this week.

Elizabeth, a cotton farmer from Gogeldrie in the NSW Riverina (sponsored by CRDC and Cotton Australia), and Brooke, a rural communications specialist who works with the cotton industry (sponsored by CRDC and Auscott Ltd), have been participating in the ARLP for the past 17 months.  

CRDC is a proud supporter of the program, considered Australia’s iconic rural leadership development program, helping to produce a network of informed, capable and ethical leaders within the cotton industry. 

The program works to improve the capacity of rural leaders to engage wherever a challenge is best addressed, and wherever they can contribute most effectively. Now in its 22nd year (with a 700-strong network of fellows), the ARLP is a scholarship-based program with a national, competitive selection process held each year. 

CRDC proudly sponsors cotton industry leaders per intake into the ARLP in partnership with Cotton Australia and Auscott, and encourages all with leadership roles or aspirations within the cotton industry to apply. Course 21 of the ARLP is currently underway, with three CRDC supported participants: Tobin Cherry, Dr Sharon Downes (co-sponsored with Auscott), Bronwyn Christensen (co-sponsored with Cotton Australia). 

Pictured: Brooke Summers and Elizabeth Stott at the ARLP Course 20 graduation in Darwin this week.