Participants in the 2021 Australian Future Cotton Leaders program with Dr Ian Taylor of CRDC, Paul Sloman of Cotton Australia, and Jo Eady, program facilitator.

Future Cotton Leaders embark on their leadership program


The 2021 cohort of the Australian Future Cotton Leaders Program came together in Armidale NSW this week for their first face-to-face meeting. 

The Future Cotton Leaders Program is funded by Cotton Australia and CRDC, and is aimed at emerging leaders across the cotton industry. 

The 2021 program features face-to-face forums, interactive online discussions, one-on-one coaching and integration with industry activities. The program covers four stages: leadership development, individual skill application, leading change, and contributing to industry. 

CRDC Executive Director, Dr Ian Taylor, met with the group in Armidale and shared his leadership journey, and his commitment to maintaining a positive culture, built on shared values, in the workplace. 

Pictured from left to right: Paul Sloman (Cotton Australia), Chris Hutchinson (Moura), Rob Weinthal (Gunnedah), Kimberley Fawkes (Dalby), Joe Briggs (Coleambally), Will Jackman (Moree), Mel Swift (Macquarie Velley), Ian Taylor (CRDC Executive Director), Richard Gray (Moree), Sally Ceeney (Warren), Nicole McDonald (Melbourne), Alexandria Galea (Emerald), Matt Anning (Springsure), Jo Eady (Australian Future Cotton Leaders Facilitator).