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Leadership Fund

Building capacity through investment in programs which support ongoing leadership development

The Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund identifies, builds and empowers future industry leaders at all stages of their career, so that the most effective integration of land, labour, capital and entrepreneurship occurs in horticultural production

A recent study commissioned by Hort Innovation and conducted by the University of Queensland suggested the Australian horticulture industry outperforms the average Australian business in the innovation field – with almost 80 per cent of horticultural producers reporting some form of innovation, whether it was new to the farm or new to the industry. However, the same study showed 72 per cent of horticulture growers are aged over 50.

The Leadership Fund looks to broaden the leadership pipeline, taking into account the current ageing demographic and the increasingly fast-moving technological landscape that horticulture is. The fund provides opportunities for horticulture professionals at all stages of their careers to advance along the ladder of leadership, and attracts a new generation to Australian horticulture by showcasing the dynamic careers paths that exist.

Numerous investments have been made in the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund – explore these ongoing and completed projects below.


Get involved

Hort Innovation is seeking new investment opportunities in the Leadership Fund. The co-investment calculator below provides a guide on the level of funding Hort Innovation may contribute to your investment idea.

For potential co-investors, partnering with Hort Innovation provides access to world-class research, and the peace of mind of project management by a specialised team well-versed in managing large-scale R&D. The Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund is governed by a Co-Investment Strategic Intent (CSI) document that outlines key investment themes that must be met in order for proposals to be successful.

Your investment idea for this fund is welcome – you can share it with us at our Investment idea form or discuss it with a Hort Frontiers Business Development Manager.

Co-investment calculator


Expert Advisory Panel

The function of the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) is to provide expert advice and oversight of the fund, including providing input into proposed projects/research and recommendations on potential methods to address future gaps or deficiencies in the existing body of research. The panels provide impartial assessment and commercially relevant scrutiny of research proposals, fostering external confidence in Hort Innovation’s ability to rigorously assess, and provide evidence and merit-based recommendations to the Hort Innovation Board.

Jan Vydra Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs
Tania Chapman Nutrano Produce Group
Professor Jim Pratley Charles Sturt University
Dr Callum Wilson Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania       
John Maher Ruralco Holdings
Jeremy Badgery-Parker Primary Principles


More information
Jane Wightman
Relationship Manager, Hort Innovation
Contact details
0427 142 046 Send an email
Strategic Intent document
Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund
Strategic Intent document