Zespri renews support for rural leadership development

Media Release - 20 March 2015

Zespri has signed a new partnership agreement with the Kellogg Rural Leadership Development Programme, extending its support for developing future industry leaders for a further three years.

The Kellogg Rural Leadership Development Programme has been run by Lincoln University for over 30 years but recently has begun a collaboration with the New Zealand Nuffield Scholarship Trust.

The Kellogg programme has recently undertaken some exciting changes including a shortened six-month programme and two intakes a year from NZ’s primary sector. This has created opportunities for 40 to 45 participants each year to undertake leadership development contextualised to rural and primary industry strategic and leadership issues.

Zespri Chairman Peter McBride is a former participant in the Kellogg Rural Leadership Development Programme. He comments: “I am delighted that Zespri and the Programme have renewed their partnership. We need to continue to invest in the capability of the next generation of leaders, both for the kiwifruit industry and for the wider New Zealand primary sector.

“The Kellogg Rural Leadership Development Programme offers a unique opportunity for early career leaders to develop themselves and build their strategic knowledge across the primary sector, which is such an vital contributor to NZ’s economy.”

As a partner, Zespri will provide financial support for the Programme and take part in presentations and student selections.

Anne Hindson, General Manager of both the Nuffield NZ Scholarships and the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme says, “Zespri is a long-term supporter of the Programme and clearly understands the need to invest in the leadership skills that are so vital for future success of our rural sector.”

Zespri will offer a place on the course each year to a candidate from the kiwifruit industry as part of its partnership with the Kellogg programme. Lorry Leydon is the Zespri scholarship recipient for 2015 and he says he is really pleased to have been accepted.

“I applied because I want to further my development as a future rural leader and through the Kellogg Programme, I hope to gain the skills and competencies to achieve this. I’m also looking forward to learning from some of New Zealand’s primary industry leaders and meeting the future leaders of our rural industries,” says Lorry.

Zespri also has two employees completing the programme, along with others from the horticulture sector.

Zespri’s investment in the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme is one part of its broader social investment programme, focused on supporting strong and healthy local communities, developing industry capability and promoting a positive business environment.

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