The AgriFutures Ignite Network is a program for passionate rural leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. 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.

Get involved

Join the AgriFutures Ignite Facebook group to become part of our Ignite Network and to connect with passionate rural leaders.

  • Exclusive access to events and opportunities
  • Share information and knowledge
  • Peer support and networking
  • Unlock professional development and leadership skills
  • Uncover emerging initiatives

You will need to describe your involvement in the agriculture sector in order to be accepted into the group.

AICD Foundations of Directorship program

The AgriFutures Ignite Network is offering 25 Ignite Network members the opportunity to attend the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Foundations of Directorship program.  The three day course will be held in Sydney. Due to the impact of COVID-19 the course has been rescheduled from May to November 2020.

Successful applicants who complete the course will be equipped to take on positions of leadership and will be confident to apply for executive positions such as Advisory Panels and Boards. These skills will be particularly important not only for AgriFutures Australia but for other organisations across our rural industries who have recognised the importance of succession planning for these positions of leadership and the benefits that young passionate voices for our rural industries can bring.

Who should apply?

  • Those with a current career in the agriculture sector
  • Those who are passionate about the agriculture sector and who want to ensure its long term prosperity
  • Those who are interested in developing key skills of directorship (note, you do not have to have prior board experience) and who think the skills gained could be utilised in their careers.


AgriFutures Australia will pay for your flights,4 x nights accommodation, and 1 X networking dinner. All other expenses such as taxis, meals, coffee etc will need to be covered by the successful applicant.

Application timeline

Applications open on Monday, 10 February 2020 at 09.00AM AEDT

Applications close on Friday, 6 March 2020 at 5.00PM AEST

Successful applicants have been notified.

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.

2018-2021 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)

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