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Beyond the Bale : September 2019
ON FARM 29 BEN MADGWICK Before graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Design Computing, Ben grew up on properties throughout the Liverpool plains of NSW and spent his formative years assisting his family in wool production. The list of opportunities the AWI Graduate Training Program has presented to me is as long as the Australian wool supply chain itself. I have been entirely immersed in AWI and The Woolmark Company’s work both domestically and internationally, with each department I’ve joined welcoming me and ensuring that I get maximum exposure to their line of work. The initial challenge of starting with a new team, on a new set of projects was something that I became comfortably attuned to by the end of the program. On three occasions, this came with moving from Sydney to a new office – in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong – with a total of six months spent overseas. As a result, after only 18-months with the company, I have been fortunate enough to meet and work alongside most staff of AWI. This marks a great success both for my personal development and my abilities to contribute to the business and wider industry moving forward. “My time overseas emphasised the importance of our relationships with processors, manufacturers, educational institutes and brand partners for the transfer of knowledge across the supply chain.” Ben Madgwick As I moved throughout the business, I became particularly interested in the education extension programs that AWI offers across student, trade and retail programs. The value of these programs became evident when I witnessed first- hand both educational content being created from our Sydney office and then delivered to the overseas markets by our local teams. My time overseas emphasised the importance of our relationships with processors, manufacturers, educational institutes and brand partners for the transfer of knowledge across the supply chain and to ensure we are driving innovation and keeping up with consumer expectations. To this end, in September I begin my full- time role with the Education Extension Ben Madgwick, pictured with AWI Marketing Manager for China, Alexis Zhang, examining some raw greasy wool from Australia at Xinao Textiles in Jiaxing, China. team in the Sydney office. In this new role, I am intent on using the knowledge learnt and connections made throughout the program to ensure this long supply chain is increasingly interconnected and efficient for all involved. BEN’S NEXT STEP Ben will be moving into our Processing Innovation and Education Extension (PIEE) team in the permanent role of Project Coordinator Education Extension. Over the course of the program, Ben has proven himself to be an asset across any project he is involved with. Working heavily with the PIEE team as well as our UK office on the Woolmark Performance Challenge, his transition into his new role is sure to be a smooth one. WELCOMING OUR NEW GRADUATE After yet another successful year for the AWI Graduate Training Program, AWI has selected the next graduate for the 2020 program who in March will embark on their career in the Australian wool industry with AWI. New graduate George Lehmann. The competition for the 2020 program was extremely high and once again, the calibre of candidates that AWI received was outstanding. It was an extremely rigorous process for the graduates to get through to the final stage. AWI is delighted to announce that George Lehmann has been chosen to take part in the 2020 AWI Graduate Training Program. He will begin the program in March next year. George grew up on a mixed farming enterprise, combining wheat and canola cropping with Merino sheep. He graduated this year from the University of Sydney where he completed a Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness. Having grown up on a sheep farm, George is passionate about the wool industry and excited at the prospect of learning more about the global supply chain, particularly post farm gate.
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