The 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 attracs a new generation to Australian horticulture by showcasing the dynamic careers paths that exist.

If you’ve got an idea for a Leadership Fund initiative, or if you’re a business who’d like to take part in an existing program, get in touch today.

Please be aware that all submitted concepts must fit within the parameters outlined in the Strategic Intent Document


Some of our current Leadership Fund projects include:


Get inspired! Meet our inaugural Masterclass students in these videos: