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Nominations sought for 2016 agribusiness leadership awards

Nominations have opened for the 2016 Rabobank Leadership Awards, recognising the contribution of senior and emerging leaders in the success of Australia and New Zealand’s food and agribusiness industries.

The peer-nominated awards – now in their eleventh year – include the flagship Rabobank Leadership Award, which was last year won by New Zealand business luminary Sir Henry van der Heyden, the former chair of global dairy giant Fonterra.

 The award is presented annually to an individual in a senior leadership role in the food, beverage and agribusiness sector who has created sustainable growth and prosperity at both corporate and industry level, while also demonstrating a wider commitment to society.

Sir Henry was recognised for his role in guiding and driving the evolution of New Zealand’s dairy industry over the past two decades and as a key player in the creation of Fonterra.

Past recipients of the award include Australian Farm Institute executive director Mick Keogh, Bega Cheese executive chairman Barry Irvin and founder/owner of New Zealand’s Villa Maria Estate Sir George Fistonich.

A second award category, now in its fourth year, the Rabobank Emerging Leader Award recognises up-and-coming young leaders in the sector.

Last year’s winner of the Emerging Leader Award was 29-year-old viticulturist Zachary Caudo, from South Australia’s Riverland.  Brand and development director of Caudo Vineyards, Mr Caudo was recognised for the instrumental role he has played not only in transforming his family business, but in helping to cement the Riverland region as a premier tourism destination.

Previous winners of the Rabobank Emerging Leadership Award were Queensland beef producer Bryce Camm (from Camm Agricultural Group) and NSW-based grains industry advocate Georgie Aley.

The winner of this year’s Emerging Leader Award will receive a prize of an international educational farm visit to a country relevant to their agricultural sector, as well as business mentoring sessions with the senior industry leader who receives the 2016 Rabobank Leadership Award.

Announcing the opening of nominations for the 2016 awards, Rabobank Australia CEO Thos Gieskes called on those involved in agriculture and the food and agribusiness industries to nominate individuals they believed worthy of recognition of their leadership and achievement in the sector.

 “As well as the very great contribution we see from leaders at the senior end of the agri sector, it is also important to acknowledge and foster the young up-and-coming leaders.  Because without their vision, innovation and dedication, the sector will not realise its enormous potential for the future,” he said.

The 2015 Rabobank Leadership Award winner Sir Henry van der Heyden agrees, saying it is important to develop the culture of leadership in the food and agribusiness sector and its industries to ensure businesses are robust and sustainable for the long term.

 “Developing a culture of leadership means understanding the challenges and opportunities and establishing a clear vision for the future and sharing that vision with other so they will follow willingly,” he says. “And translating that vision into a business strategy and plan that will deliver change and future growth.”

Judging criteria for the Rabobank Leadership Award include: significant achievement as a senior leader in building, rejuvenating or expanding a business in the food, agribusiness or beverage sectors;

  • developed and communicated a clear vision and direction for sustainable growth and prosperity at both a corporate and industry level and;
  • regarded as a good corporate citizen and demonstrates social commitment.

Nominees for the Rabobank Emerging Leader Award need to have:

  • an industry tenure of 10 years or less and
  • demonstrated a significant contribution to the food, beverage and agribusiness sector in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Nominations for both awards can be made on the Rabobank Leadership Awards website at: https://www.rabobankleadershipawards.com/nominations/

    Award nominations close on July 31, 2016, with the winner to be announced at the annual Rabobank Leadership Award dinner, to be held in Sydney at Doltone House on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

    Keynote speaker at the awards dinner will be Blackmores CEO and managing director Christine Holgate.

     

    Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 115 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 40 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 8.6 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1000 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is one of Australasia’s leading rural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the region’s food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 94 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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