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The Young Achievers Muster, Tuesday 14th March

The Social House, Kennigo Hotel

This special day is exclusively for award alumni, sponsors and select members of the Award team, providing an incredible opportunity to get together in one space to learn and be challenged.


The Muster kicks off with Richard Rains - Award Chair, and Shane McManaway - Award Founder, setting the scene and on the role you can play in changing the world.

Top PR agency Sticks and Stones will bring together some of the top social media and content experts in the agriculture industry to discuss the benefits of social media for regional businesses, what content is currently working, how to best capture that content

Then work together on a bigger challenge, honing your negotiation skills in an interactive session hosted by Amanda Roughan, from Evolve Agri. We’ll be talking about real issues and challenges – so Chatham House Rules apply. This will be an exciting day where you’ll build relationships and develop a deeper level of understanding and connection. Buckle up.

Amanda Roughan – Evolve AGRi

Amanda is passionate about influencing collaborative leadership in rural and regional

Australia.  She hails from Toogoolawah in south east Queensland where she lives on a

small beef breeding property with her husband Bill and 3 daughters.  


She has over 20 years of experience facilitating and leading teams across regional

Queensland.   She is part of the management team for  QDAF Advancing Beef Leaders

(ABL) and is currently facilitating a group in far north Queensland.   

ABL has now helped to build the confidence, capability and networks for over

55 upcoming leaders in the Queensland beef industry.  


In addition to this, Amanda is Director of South East Country Vets,

a mixed practice veterinary business that employs 25 staff across 3 clinics in

South East Queensland.   She is responsible for the strategic planning, governance,

people/culture management, and helps to mentor leadership capability in this team of

vets and nurses.

At an industry level, Amanda is currently Policy Councillor of Cattle Australia, and the Deputy Chair of the South East Queensland Region Beef Research Committee.  She has a special interest in bridging the gap between research, development and extension with an effective policy that helps deliver better outcomes for producers.

Sticks and Stones Media

PAUL STONE – Director. With more than 20 years experience

in journalism, marketing, public relations and business,

Paul brings a commercial focus to every project and a

results-driven commitment to clients. Owning and operating a

chain of retail stores has given Paul a real-life MBA, and a deep

understanding of the needs of business and how PR plays a

role both in the Australian market and overseas.


He has created strategic health and safety campaigns from

concept ideation and design to shooting and editing

TV commercials and implementing social content strategy.


JO STONE – Director. An award-winning journalist and former

TV News presenter, Jo has almost two decades experience in

media, communications and marketing. Jo’s innovative approach

and ability to think “outside the box” helps create publicity

campaigns worthy of national coverage.


She has experience in corporate communications at ASX-listed companies, startup and consumer PR, TV production and content creation, strategic social and communications and wide-ranging skills across the education and legal sectors. She is the co-host and editor of industry podcast It’s PR Darlings.

We look forward to seeing you all in Brisbane.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us 

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