1 April, 2019

WoolProducers Australia Raising the Baa in Industry Capacity Building

WoolProducers Australia is excited to announce that the second round of nominations for their ‘Raising the Baa’ Leadership in Agriculture Program are now open.


WoolProducers identified a gap in industry representative capacity building within the Australian wool industry. In order to address this gap, WPA pursued and were successful in obtaining a grant under the Commonwealth Government’s Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.


WoolProducers President, Ed Storey said, ‘while there are a number of leadership programs that exist in the wool industry, there was no program that focused on enhancing the governance capacity of the industry’.


There are two separate components of the Program that WoolProducers are currently taking nominations for – Australian Institute of Company Director (AICD) – Company Directors Course and the WoolProducers Australia Youth Ambassador.


‘We had a wonderful response last year when we called for nominations and the five people that were selected to undertake the AICD, Peter McCrabbe, Stacey Lugsdin, Dan Korff, Matt Bartlett and Robert Pocock, were a diverse group of people who all have varying roles within the wool industry’. Mr Storey said.


‘Dr Dione Howard has participated in the WoolProducers Quarterly Board Meetings as the Youth Ambassador and has undertaken two research projects; ‘Youth in the Wool Industry’ and ‘Animal Health Communications’, with updates presented at each meeting, which have been very well received by the WoolProducers Board.’ Mr Storey said.


WoolProducers are again seeking nominations from interested parties who have a passion for the wool industry and are active in any sector of industry throughout the supply chain.


The AICD Company Directors Course is a globally recognised qualification which provides participants with a thorough understanding of corporate governance.


While the WoolProducers Youth Ambassador provides a young person, aged between 18-35 years of age, with the opportunity to join the WoolProducers Board as an observer for a 12-month period.


Mr Storey said, ‘this concept is aimed at providing exposure and experience to young people who have an interest in industry policy development and agri-politics in general’.


‘The Raising the Baa Program enables future leaders of the wool industry to gain knowledge in compliance, risk, strategy, finance and the role of the board.’ Mr Storey said.


Course costs, accommodation and travel expenses will be covered. Nominees will be required to apply for these positions and all appointments will be merit based. Nominations close on 26 April, 2019. For further information email



WoolProducers Australia contact:

Ed Storey


0438 309 500


Jo Hall

Chief Executive Officer

0488 554 811