Applications are open
for Kellogg Course (Lincoln) : 27 January – 7 July 2021
& the Tai Tokerau Kellogg Course: 4 May – 21 October 2021

Programme Overview

The Kellogg Rural Leadership programme is a modern delivery platform facilitating participants to expand their ‘contextual intelligence’ and the critical thinking required for effective leadership

The Programme has a strong management and delivery team with the Programme Leader, Academic Director and high calibre presenters from the New Zealand agri-food & business sector as well as leadership workshop specialists. 

Meet our Team

Dr Scott Champion - Programme Leader

Dr Scott Champion is the Founding Partner of Primary Purpose and is an experienced leader, strategist, facilitator and executive manager. He has worked across tertiary education, innovative organisations in the private sector and industry service delivery and advocacy for more than 20 years. In April 2016, he completed a decade working for the national sheep and beef industry body, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, the last 7.5 years as Chief Executive Officer. He was also concurrently Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Meat Board for this period.

Since May 2016, Scott has been consulting across food, agriculture and natural resources, and in June 2017 co-founded the specialist consulting practice Primary Purpose to continue working in these areas by drawing on a mix of disciplines, combining data and information with human centred insights. Scott also has governance and technical advisory roles in the primary sector, not for profit and community organisations.

Scott is passionate about the primary sector, and identifying, creating and connecting strongly with ‘communities of interest’ and customers/clients to build effective products and services that make a difference.

Dr Patrick Aldwell - Academic Director

Dr Patrick Aldwell has worked with the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme for over 20 years. He is passionate about life-long learning, the natural sciences and supporting those he has taught and encouraged.

After retiring from Lincoln University as Dean of the Faculty of Commerce in 2012, Patrick has continued to focus his attention on agribusiness programmes that facilitate leadership in the sector. These include the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, the Horticultural Leadership Programme and more recently, the Nuffield Scholarship and Future Food Network programmes. Over the years he has been privileged to have had the opportunity to study, work and travel throughout the world meeting many different cultures.

Prior to returning to Lincoln in 1998 he was a scientist at the then Forest Research Institute in the Trade, Marketing and Economics group for almost 20 years. During this time he worked on New Zealand land use issues and internationally for the UN and for the World Bank, mainly on capacity-building for science infrastructure projects.

Patrick’s disciplines are in the fields of regional and industrial economics and strategic management. He has degrees from Massey University, Monash University, the University of Washington and a Dip Agr from Lincoln University. Today his academic interests lie in fields of technological change, rural issues, and the interface between agricultural intensification and other ecosystems.

Course Format

The six-month course includes 18 days of programmed content delivered in three residential-based phases and course project report between Phase 1 and Phase 3. 

Course content is varied and intensive by design with presentations, case studies, field trips, discussions and group work as well as a self-directed project of personal interest.

Each day there is a review session which pulls together the threads and key discussion points to consolidate learnings.

Phase 1: Leadership Tools And Industry Contexts

Nine-day (8 night) residential module at Lincoln University
Focus: Phase 1 is made up of three key components which provide the foundation for the course.

• Leadership skills and tools including personal and team styles & outcomes, design thinking, critical analysis tools, design thinking approaches

• Leadership Applications – of skills and tools in various situational contexts

• Leadership Strategic Contexts – specific focus on NZ Agrifood sector strategies and leadership challenges.

Phase 2: Political, Economic And Environmental Contexts

Four-day (3 night) residential in Wellington

Focus: Phase 2 is held in Wellington to gain greater insights into the political and economic macro environment and decision making and policy development contexts. Focus is on how to engage and influence decision making at local, regional and central government and industry level.

The leadership contexts and personal leadership styles are personalised with the opportunity to meet and discuss with political, industry and business leaders around their individual leadership experiences challenges, and personal leadership approach.

Phase 3: Leadership Application Goal Setting

4 day (3 night) residential at Lincoln University.

Focus:  Phase 3 is the culmination of the project work and the opportunity to demonstrate the application of research, presentation and critical analysis skills before colleagues and industry representatives with questioning and discussion, followed by peer feedback. 

Case studies and industry leader challenges also provide further application of learnings.  Goal setting for the future including personal brand identification and presentation provide the platform for ongoing leadership development.


Course Report Project

The Individual research project is undertaken between phase 1 and phase 3 of the course. 

Focus: Participants choose a topic of interest and value which can contribute to developing leadership outcomes and aspirations. The project brings together problem/research question definition, research tool application, critical analysis, management report writing and presentation.