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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

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 research and development.

The Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the Leadership Fund, available below, is the investment roadmap providing the criteria and boundaries for the Leadership Fund and its portfolio investments. It lays the foundation for guiding co-investment decisions, providing a clear vision, mission and investment priorities.

View the Leadership Fund SIP or view a simplified version of the SIP as a plan on a page.

Your investment idea for this fund is welcome

If you are a grower, we invite you to submit your idea through our investment idea form or discuss it with a Hort Innovation employee

If you are an industry participant, delivery partner or researcher we invite you to contact Hort Innovation employee directly to discuss your idea. 

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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
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Strategic Intent document
Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund
Strategic Intent document