J-Tech Systems General Manager Cameron McInness, Hugh Tully and Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani.
Ironbark Citrus operations manager, Hugh Tully, received the inaugural emerging leaders scholarship at the 2017 Citrus Technical Forum and Field Day.
The scholarship, valued at approximately $10,000, was sponsored by J-Tech Systems, a leading supplier of machinery, packaging and labelling solutions to the Australian fresh produce industry.
The scholarship includes an intensive three-day course, as well as a global experience – international flights from Sydney, accommodation and entry to the PMA Fresh Summit in the USA.
Hugh has been involved in the citrus industry for 3 ½ years and has recently purchased a block with his wife, Alicia.
Previously working in recruitment, Hugh said he had been on a “steep learning curve”.
Hugh said the format of the scholarship would enable him to step back and look at the big picture, and help hone his business acumen.
J-Tech Systems General Manager Cameron McInness said his company sponsored the scholarship to encourage young people in citrus to further develop their skills and knowledge.
“The 3-day fully residential format comprises a mix of experiential learning activities, a business simulation, case studies and the application of learning through team presentations to PMA executives. “These action learning methods will continually link back to the participants’ real world issues and situations identified in pre-program goal setting discussions between each participant, their manager and the Program Director.” The candidates were judged by Cameron and Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani.