Wine Australia's Future leaders

Are you an Australian wine Future Leader?

January 18, 2021
By Melissa Parker

Wine Australia and Australian Grape & Wine are seeking inspiring and enquiring wine minds to join the wine and grape sector’s professional development program.

Future Leaders  is designed to equip the next generation of leaders with skills to take the Australian wine and grape sector into the next era.

Funded by Wine Australia, supported by Australian Grape & Wine and delivered with Pragmatic Thinking, Future Leaders 2021 has identified and developed leaders of the Australian grape and wine community since 2006 with more than 100 graduates completing the program. 

Wine Australia R&D Program Manager and Future Leaders coordinator Jo Hargreaves said this past year has seen Future Leaders reshaped in response to the challenges, resilience and ingenuity of Australian grape and wine businesses.

‘We’ve experienced significant disruption and seen huge shifts in the way many of us connect and work with each other, all within the space of a year, and the way that we lead needs to change in response. We have honed the focus of Future Leaders 2021 on sector impact in a disruptive business landscape’, Ms Hargreaves said.

She said Future Leaders 2021 guides participants on a personal leadership journey that will inspire them while fostering world-class leadership qualities and skills and connecting participants with the program’s alumni community.

Philip Shaw Wines winemaker Nadja Wallington, a graduate of the last run Future Leaders 2019, said the program was a fabulous opportunity to develop her personal leadership style and build a strong network of peers to collaborate with and learn from.

“It has enabled me to better understand the problems facing the wine sector and geared me with better knowledge and perspective to contribute to the conversations of the future of our sector’, Ms Wallington said. 

‘No matter what stage of your career you are at, the Future Leaders program has something to offer to your development. You will learn about yourself and how to be a better leader, you will be challenged to grow and take the next step, you will be connected with other fabulous leaders in the industry – there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. Get in!’

Applications for Future Leaders 2021 will close on 15 March. If you or someone you know has what it takes to be the next shining light go to

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