College – Issue 36

THE QUADRANGLE Leadership and innovation in agriculture

Old Boy Hamish Murray (12086) isn’t getting to spend as much time as he would like on the family farm in Marlborough at present. But the distraction is a good one.

global focus, designed to fast track the development of emerging leaders in the agri-food sector. Hamish has recently returned from Illinois and Iowa in the US. In June he will head away for six weeks, to the Philippines, Singapore, China, Germany, Ireland, Washington DC and Texas as part of the global focus programme travelling with nine other scholars. He will then have another two months of travel later in the year to pursue his research,

with a draft itinerary that includes the UK, Europe, Southern Africa and the US. “The topic is very broad and we’ve been encouraged to keep it that way until closer to the reporting time. Basically, my interest is in people, leadership, teams and/ or how change happens within business, organisations and so on. There are some differences I’ve noticed between the way adult populations in various generations handle these and I’d like to find out more.”

Hamish manages Bluff Station, a 13,800 hectare high country sheep and beef property in the Clarence Valley. The drive starts five minutes off the coast at Kekerengu and runs two and a half hours inland to its boundary with the remote Muzzle Station. This year, much of Hamish’s time will be spent overseas as one of the 2019 recipients of a prestigious Nuffield New Zealand Farming Scholarship, a rural leadership programme with a

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