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Past Graduates

AWI Graduates – Where are they now?

 

Ellie Bigwood

Hailing from the Frankland River region of Western Australia, Ellie was one of our first graduates, joining the program in 2018 and bringing with her an abundance of enthusiasm and passion for wool. Since completing the program in late 2019, Ellie has relocated back to regional WA where she is AWI’s Industry Relations Officer. With her connection to the industry in WA and experience overseas and in head office in Sydney, it was an organic transition for Ellie to become an essential conduit between AWI and wool industry networks in WA

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Ellie at the SafeSheds program launch in Broomehill last year, with WA Farmers’ Vice President Steve McGuire and WA Shearing Industry Association (WASIA) President Darren Spencer and Executive Officer Valerie Pretzel

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Ellie learning to shear at an AWI x DPIRD shearing school in Wellstead, WA

Miles Barritt

Miles entered the AWI Graduate Training program in March 2019, after completing his bachelor’s degree in commerce from The University of Western Australia. Although the civil unrest in Hong Kong and the Global Pandemic hindered his experience in the program, Miles powered through the adversity and was well placed to take on the role of Business Analyst, Risk and Recovery. In this role Miles analyses the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on global marketing strategies and partnership projects, as well as providing insights and strategy development around opportunities and threats to the global supply chain & key markets in terms of trade, manufacturing, and consumption.

 

AWI Graduate Miles Barritt
Mile Barritt presenting at Longreach Sheep Forum

 

Emma Murphy

From NSW and alongside Miles, Emma began her journey through the AWI Graduate Training Program in March 2019. Her background in event management, a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, and the recipient of the prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, meant she was well placed to thrive across all of the rotations the program had to offer. So much so, that her International Rotation in London was extended to provide invaluable support to our UK office in a time of increased workload. It only made sense that upon her return, Emma would move into our Global Marketing Team, supporting them in the role of Marketing Communications Coordinator. 

 

AWI Graduate Emma Murphy


Emma Murphy representing AWI at the inaugural Elders Walcha Merino Flock Ewe Competition

 

George Lehmann

Also from NSW, George’s time in the program began in March 2020. Unfortunately for him, it was at a time when the Global Pandemic was just rearing its ugly head across the globe and he spent the first 4 months of the program, working remotely. Additionally, this meant that his international rotations would be postponed and the program ending a bit earlier than anticipated for him. Showing true resilience, this did not dampen George’s enthusiasm or motivation and he rose to the challenge. Coming from a wool growing farm in Junee, tied in with his high energy, maturity and positivity, George made the smooth transition into the Woolgrower Services Team in the role of Project Coordinator, Training and Education in March of 2021.

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George attending SA Sheep Expo

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George attending SA Sheep Expo