The AgriFutures™ Ignite Network is a program of work and a space for passionate rural leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs – present and future. Ignite Network members influence, make changes, innovate and are interested in exploring agribusiness trends. Their ideas and knowledge will shape the future of agriculture and its long-term prosperity.


The AgriFutures™ Ignite Network is a program to connect passionate rural leaders. Participants in the Network have a strong interest in shaping the future of Australian rural industries and are responsible for igniting the passion, revitalising the industry and introducing and encouraging the changes to make it happen.

AgriFutures™ Ignite Advisory Panel

The AgriFutures™ Ignite Advisory Panel is an opportunity offered to the AgriFutures™ Ignite Network. Panel members will advise on all aspects of our Strategic R&D Plan 2017 – 2022 and the positioning of our organisation, our arenas and our priorities.

The Panel is an exciting opportunity for passionate rural leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs – present and future – to draw on their experience and networks to provide meaningful and relevant advice to AgriFutures Australia.

2018-2019 AgriFutures™ Ignite Advisory Panel members

  • Guy Coleman (Narrabri, NSW)
  • Andrew Duver (Kensington, VIC)
  • Jessica Fealy (Paddy’s Green, QLD)
  • Joshua Gilbert (Nabiac, NSW)
  • Susan Hall (Myaree, WA)
  • Lucinda Hawkins (Dubbo, NSW)
  • Simone Kain (Penola, SA)
  • Sally Leigo (Darwin, NT)
  • Nicolas Lyons (Sydney, NSW)
  • Oli Madgett (Adelaide, SA)

Who can apply

  • AgriFutures Ignite Advisory Panel members are passionate rural leaders who are tuned into trends, responsive to change, open to diversification and ready to tackle some of agriculture’s biggest challenges across the entire sector including farming, supply, service and research
  • Applicants must have industry specific skills and knowledge in two or more areas including commercialisation, spin-outs and start-ups, communication and stakeholder engagement, development and training, leadership, rural industries and regional communities and science, technology and innovation
  • Location is no barrier. If you want to create impact, innovate and/or enhance the prosperity of rural and regional Australia, then we want to hear from you.

Advisory Panel commitments

When submitting an application, please consider the below meetings and events outlined in the schedule.
The Ignite Advisory Panel term will be 18 months.

Date / Location
17 May 2018
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Advisory Panel Meeting 
15 October 2018
Canberra, ACT
AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner
16-17 October 2018
Canberra, ACT
 Advisory Panel Meeting 
18 – 20 February 2019
Melbourne, VIC
Advisory Panel Meeting and evokeAG event
16 May 2019
Wagga Wagga, NSW 
Advisory Panel Meeting 
1 July 2019
Location TBA
AgriFutures™ Summit 
10 October 2019
Wagga Wagga, NSW 
Advisory Panel Meeting 

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