Champion: new Kellogg Rural Leadership programme leader

Dr Scott Champion, former Beef + Lamb NZ (B+LNZ Ltd) chief executive, has been appointed as programme leader for the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme. He takes over the programme leadership on the retirement of Dr Patrick Aldwell, who has led the programme since 2018.

The Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme chair Juliet Maclean says the board is thrilled to attract someone of Scott’s calibre and recent industry experience to the role.

“Scott will bring a fresh approach to the programme and has strong industry connections across the primary sector from his time as B+LNZ chief executive. Scott has worked in research and development roles in both the private sector and academia, experiences that will add value to the programme and its participants,” she says.

Since leaving B+LNZ, Scott has continued to be deeply involved in the sector across a range of issues through his own consultancy work. Scott will continue to build on the Kellogg programme’s current strengths around supporting the development of critical analysis and change leadership skills required in the industry at at community level.

Champion says it’s a privilege for him to take up the role and that he’s looking forward to the opportunity to work with the well-respected programme.

“There is no doubt that the skills the Kellogg programme builds in its participants are of critical value in supporting the sector’s current and future leaders to engage and support the changes the sector will need to make as it develops into the future. I’m passionate about really engaging our industries and communities in solving and designing solutions for the future. I’m looking forward to bringing some of these approaches and techniques into the Kellogg programme.

The announcement coincides wit preparations for the first Kellogg Alumni Summit, which is to be held in Wellington on 18 May this year. The Summit, which will engage with the programme’s 700+ alumni, will also provide an opportunity to acknowledge Dr Patrick Aldwell’s contribution across 21 courses over 19 years.

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