Supporting the leaders of tomorrow

February 9, 2018 7:50 am

Achmea Australia and Angus Australia announce a program to support the leaders of tomorrow.

Specialist rural insurance company Achmea Australia and registered breed organisation Angus Australia have today announced a new program designed to support the future leaders of Australia’s Beef and Agricultural industries.

The GenAngus Future Leaders Program will mentor young entrepreneurs seeking to advance their knowledge and skills, via a first-class initiative that will help shape the industry for years to come.

The comprehensive program will provide opportunities for program members to create a business plan, utilising knowledge gained in corporate governance and commercialising ideas, to business resilience, obtaining funding, financial planning, farm risk management, insurance, succession planning, marketing, promotion and branding, effective business networking, industry insights and supply chain. With Achmea Australia committing to funding support over three years to help set up and sponsor the program, it’s intended to be of huge benefit to the ongoing establishment and promotion of entrepreneurial beef and cattle-related businesses.

Achmea was established in the Netherlands over 200 years ago, when 39 farmers put money into a glass jar to be compensated in the event one of them had a haystack fire, Achmea has a long history of supporting the agricultural industry through a mutual approach to farm insurance. Today they provide a full range of farm insurance in a package that gives cover for buildings, inventory, business interruption, vehicles, liability, and crop insurance.

Achmea Australia will share their years of knowledge and experience with members, helping them to better identify, reduce, prevent and manage their on-farm risks – and they’ll also work with Angus Australia to co create/develop and offer a tailored beef cattle insurance solution and stud stock insurance product as part of the package

For Achmea Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Emma Thomas, the program reflects Achmea Australia’s unique focus on collaboration and community: “Our approach offers a partnership alongside an insurance solution – and our ‘glass jar beginning’ represents the co-operative spirit that still drives us today. We hope this industry partnership will be first of many aimed at helping to protect and enhance our agricultural communities, and we’re delighted to be involved in this much-needed initiative.” This initiative should be seen as a sign of Achmea Australia’s commitment to the future leadership of the agriculutural industry and that we want to invest and grow our presence in rural Australia.

Angus Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Peter Parnell spoke of the importance of the new program, which is intended to bridge the generation gap between people finishing Youth Programs and taking up industry leadership roles: “While our existing Youth Program is already highly successful in providing opportunities via a suite of Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries, this new initiative is part of our organisation’s aim to support the development of leadership and entrepreneurial  skills amongst our young members.

“We find that while a lot of youth programs tend to focus on the 16-25 age group, there aren’t many programs for 25-40 year-olds. It means that a lot of younger people are hesitant to take on leadership roles, because they feel they don’t have enough experience.

“It’s our goal to equip our young members with the knowledge they need to run a successful beef business, and develop their knowledge and skills so they can more effectively establish, advance and promote our breed, and the beef industry as a whole. This is a tremendous opportunity to realise that goal, and we’re thrilled Achmea Australia has come on board to deliver a highly innovative and meaningful new program.”

For more information, on the GenAngus and Future Leaders Program, please contact Candice Liddle Events and Youth Development Officer 02 6773 4622.

For more information on Achmea Australia call 1800 724 214 or visit


Feature Image: Angus Australia’s Events & Youth Development Officer, Candice Liddle and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Parnell, with Achmea Australia Chief Executive Officer, Emma Thomas and Angus Youth member Jasmin Ramage at the announcement of the new partnership between Angus Australia and Achmea Australia to develop the GenAngus Furure Leaders Program.