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2020 Nuffield Scholars Insights

Stories from the year of living precariously

Presented at the Nuffield 2021 Scholarship Awards Ceremony
3rd November 2020, Wellington

The Nuffield NZ 2020 Scholars have had conversations with food and fibre producing leaders about the impact of COVID-19 on the primary sector.

From these conversations our 2020 Scholars (Tracy Brown, Ben Mclaughlin, Phil Weir, Edward Pinckney and Shannon Harnett) have worked together to deliver four collective insights around supply chains, innovation, people and strategies.

Watch the 2020 Scholars deliver these insights in the video below.

Tracy Brown

“Conversations with food and fibre producing leaders about the impact of COVID 19 has helped us gain insights and become critically reflective thinkers”

Nuffielders 2020

Our year of living precariously

For the first time, the New Zealand Nuffield Scholars have worked together to deliver collective insights.

The collaborative learning model focused on ‘Critical Reflective Practice’ providing significant insight and a framework for more focused individual efforts in 2021.

Greater opportunity to connect locally has been valuable and should be incorporated into future program delivery.

Ben McLauchlan

“Resilience is the capacity of a system, enterprise, or person to maintain its core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances.”

Andrew Zolli

Insight one: Proven supply chain resilience

The World Trade Organisation forecast that world merchandise trade would be reduced by between 13% and 32% in 2020 (WTO, April 2020).

  • NZ has been able to continue to trade goods, despite local and international challenges.
  • We have outpaced other export focused countries.
  • Our supply chains have been tested and found to be resilient.
  • The demand for our food has ensured prioritisation and flow of key imports.
  • The primary sector has been a vital lifeline in keeping the NZ economy intact and lessening the economic impact.

Phil Weir

“The threat of going hungry became real for many people for the first time in their lives”

KPMG, The ‘now’ normal’ future

Insight two: Growing disparity between the haves and have nots

We have all been affected by COVID-19. Some of us to greater or lesser extents. It has not just been the spread of the virus that has followed an exponential growth curve.
  • Technological innovation has quickened.
  • Increasing inequality between the haves and have nots.
  • The degree and obviousness of disparity raises significant risks to social license and export markets

Edward Pinckney

“Chaos is exhausting, structure and certainty keeps us sane”

Insight three: Challenges around fit for purpose leadership

Risk related to COVID-19 escalated rapidly. Previously it was not high (or even present) on the risk matrix for many businesses. Some leaders were caught out, “frozen with indecision,” unable to make decisions and move forward. Others excelled!

The following are attributes of great leadership in a crisis:

  • Communication to create certainty
  • Culture of experimentation
  • Creativity and agility
  • Values based

Shannon Harnett

“Lock down gave me time and space to evaluate my ideals around how I live. This was an opportunity I had not had in 30 years.”

Business owner

Insight four: Adding value by moving value to values

The rise of the ‘Conscious Consumer’ is a growing trend and COVID 19 has accelerated this.

We need to further understand the drivers behind consumers preparedness to buy and consume sustainably grown, values-based produce.

Chris Parsons Introduces 2021 Nuffield Scholars : Sarah’s Country Interview

In this interview on Sarah’s Country Chris Parsons, CEO of Rural Leaders introduces the 2021 Nuffield scholars and talks about how they will navigate their global research with covid-related travel restrictions.

Chris also touches on the 2020 Nuffield Scholar insights that were presented at the 2021 Nuffield Awards Ceremony, following the work the 2020 Scholars have been doing on the sector impacts of COVID-19.

Listen to the podcast here:

2021 Nuffield NZ Scholarships Awarded

2021 Nuffield Scholars

Photo from left to right: Lynsey Stratford, Daniel Eb, David Eade, Hon Minister Damien O’Connor, John Foley, Ben Anderson 

 

Media release, Tuesday, 3rd November 2020

The latest cohort of emerging leaders in New Zealand’s primary sector were awarded a 2021 Nuffield NZ Farming Scholarship at Parliament on 3rd November. The Scholarships were awarded by Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity and Food Safety, Minister for Rural Communities and Minister of State for Trade and Export.

The 2021 Nuffield scholars are Ben Anderson, owner and manager of a dry stock farm in Hawkes Bay, David Eade, owner of a finishing block in Whanganui and GM of Apiary Solutions, Daniel Eb, Auckland based Communication Strategist, John Foley, Senior Seed Production Agronomist for PGG Wrightson Seeds in Christchurch and Lynsey Stratford, an equity partner in a 420 cow dairy farm in Curio Bay and Dairy Environment Leader with Dairy NZ.

Click here to read the 2021 Nuffield Scholar bios.

The travel programme for scholars next year will be different to previous years due to border closures resulting from COVID19.  Typically, the Nuffield Scholarship programme involves travel internationally for at least four months and participation in a Contemporary Scholars Conference with Nuffield Scholars from around the world. Followed by a six-week Global Focus Programme through several countries with other scholars. 

“Next year our scholars will start their programme with extensive national travel to gain greater insights and deeper understanding into New Zealand’s primary sector before embarking on any international travel” says Nuffield NZ Chairman, Andrew Watters.

“Although the programme will be delivered differently to previous years, it will offer scholars new opportunities and experiences, along with a global perspective whether or not scholars travel abroad” says Watters.

The five new Scholars will join more than 160 Nuffield alumni who have been awarded Nuffield Scholarships over the past 70 years. Their research topics are likely to cover a range of different agricultural issues such as climate change, fractional investing in agriculture, repositioning the role that farming plays in society, technology in agriculture around automation of roles and health, safety and wellbeing on farm.

Rebecca Hyde’s Nuffield Journey

Rebecca's video insights from her travels around the world

Before leaving...

Notes from India

Brazil

Denmark

Quatar

USA continued

United Kingdom

Canada, Ireland, UK

China

Rebecca Hyde's Nuffield Report:

Rebecca's stories and articles

Chris Parsons on Sarah’s Country

Chris Parsons, CEO of Rural Leaders talks to Sarah Perriam about leadership in the primary sector and Rural Leader’s mission to grow world class leaders in our country.


Or you can listen to the podcast here:

If the interview sparked your interest in Nuffield Scholarships, go to ruralleaders.co.nz/nuffield to find out more.

Applications for the 2021 intake are OPEN NOW and closing soon – on 23 August 2020!

There are five scholarships available, each worth $40,000, for New Zealand farmers, growers and agribusiness professionals looking to broaden your horizons, grow your networks and gain some global experience in the agri sector.

Click here to find out how you can do that through the Nuffield Scholarship Programme.

Hamish Murray : Lessons for farm teams in study

Nuffield Scholar Hamish Murray’s work on the changing nature of farm work highlights how even that bastion of stalwart farming types needs to change to remain a relevant, exciting and desirable place to work for a new generation.

Read the full article sourced from Farmers Weekly (18 June 2020) here.

Click here to listen to Hamish’s interview on Sarah’s Country. 

OPEN NOW!
2021 Nuffield NZ Farming Scholarship Applications

Applications close 23 August 2020

Are you an NZ Farmer/grower or Agribusiness Professional looking to broaden your horizons, grow your networks and gain some global experience in the agri sector?

Click here to find out how you can do that through the Nuffield Scholarship Programme.

Apply now for a 2021 Scholarship.

Corrigan Sowman : All Black thinking tackles stress

Nuffield Scholar Corrigan Sowman believes an All Black approach to thinking will build more resilience in farmers.

Farmers are under increasing pressure as changes in society, technology and climate leave them questioning their role as producers of food. The challenges are making the right decisions for their wellbeing and producing food modern consumers demand. 

Corrigan Sowman has found some of the best lessons for thriving in this new environment can be found with the All Blacks.

Read the full article sourced from Farmers Weekly (3 June 2020) here.

Tune in to Corrigan’s live interview on Sarah’s Country (4 June 2020).

OPEN NOW!
2021 Nuffield NZ Farming Scholarship Applications

Applications close 23 August 2020

Are you an NZ Farmer/grower or Agribusiness Professional looking to broaden your horizons, grow your networks and gain some global experience in the agri sector?

Click here to find out how you can do that through the Nuffield Scholarship Programme.

Apply now for a 2021 Scholarship.

Rebecca Hyde: REX Interview, what’s next for 2021 Nuffield Programme?

Rebecca Hyde, NZ Rural Leaders Trustee and 2017 Nuffield Scholar joined Hamish McKay and Richard Loe on Rural Exchange (Sunday 14 June) to talk about what’s next for the 2020 Nuffield Scholarship Programme post the COVID19 global travel restrictions.

OPEN NOW!
2021 Nuffield NZ Farming Scholarships Applications 

Are you an NZ Farmer/grower or Agribusiness Professional looking to broaden your horizons, grow your networks and gain some global experience in the agri sector?

Click here to find out how you can do that through the Nuffield Scholarship Programme. 

Apply now for a 2021 Scholarship.

Bio-ethics can help tough choices – Ben Hancock

Ben Hancock, 2019 Nuffield Scholar joined Sarah Perriam recently to talk about his scholar report ‘Rural Leadership taming the wicked problems‘ and how to grow the toolbox to foster society’s trust.

Click here to listen to the full podcast on Sarah’s Country – 20th May.

Ben also spoke with Richard Rennie from Farmers Weekly (28th May) and said ‘Bio-ethics can play a role beyond medical dilemmas in helping agriculture resolve its wicked problems.’

Read the full Farmers Weekly article here.

News from Rural Leaders

Rural Leaders welcomes new CEO – Chris Parsons

 

We are pleased to announce that Chris Parsons joined us on Monday, 4th May as our new CEO. Chris was recently interviewed by Rural News and would like to convey the following message:

“To all of you on the journey to develop your leadership, well done! It is a transformative journey. The learnings you absorb over your scholarship will have life long impact, not only improving the quality of your connections with others but also in multiplying your ability for positive impact. Leadership is a life-long journey and I look forward to being one of your support crew for the road ahead. “

Read the full interview at Rural news here

At the end of April we farewelled Anne Hindson who has led Rural Leaders from its inception. Her early pioneering work with Patrick Aldwell and Richard Green and Tony Zwart has been critical to the coordination of the iconic Nuffield and Kellogg Leaders programmes and their continual modernisation to ensure that modern scholars get world class leadership development.

We were sad to see Anne go, but grateful for her vision and commitment to the primary sector and Rural Leaders over the last six years. 

Rural Leader’s Board appoints new Trustee – Kate Scott

 

At our recent AGM the Rural Leaders Board welcomed Kate Scott (2018 Nuffield Scholar) as a new Trustee, who replaced James Parsons. The Board will also be seeking to elect a new Independent appointed Trustee, following the recent resignation of Louise Webster.