Workshop: Agricultural Research Leadership and Management - Wagga Wagga 14-16 May

Places available: 25

Length:  Two and a half days

Date: Tuesday to Thursday 14-16 May 2019 (commences at lunch on Tuesday 14th February)

Location: Wagga Wagga

Venue: Building 288.109, Charles Sturt University, Wagga              


The workshop will provide an introduction to managing and leading in the context of research for development; and enable each participant to develop a set of actionable outcomes (the 30-day challenge) as a result of participation.


  • Understand the basic concepts of managing and leading
  • Build self-awareness of your own styles and preferences and understand how these impact both your perceptions and how you interact with people
  • Explore people management, and the way people work with and respond to each other
  • Gain skills in providing and receiving feedback, and how to manage conflict
  • Learn about how to manage up-wards
  • Understand models that integrate evaluation and planning
  • Explore processes for effective project management
  • Plan a process of on-going self-directed learning

The workshop will be a combination of seminar style presentations, class and group discussions and group exercises

Target Audience

Outcomes of this workshop will be most useful to those currently working as researchers on agriculture projects in developing countries. However, all of the content is relevant to agricultural research in Australia. PhD students at any stage of their candidature would also benefit.

Networking Event - 14th May: Birdhouse – Bar and Kitchen, Baylis Street, Wagga

The workshop will include a networking event for participants, RAID committee, Crawford Fund state committee of New South Wales, RAID members and supporters. A short presentation will be made by a guest/RAID speaker. A light meal will be provided for all in attendance. 

Requirement of attendees

The selection process will favour early-to-mid career applicants (including students) currently working on projects in Australia or in developing countries. Other applicants are welcome to apply, as additional places may be available. The places in the workshop will be capped at 25, so register early to avoid disappointment. Post workshop, each attendee is to write a blog for publication on the RAID website. Attendees are required to fund their own way to the event.

Registration Details

  • RAID Members - $137.50
  • Non-members - $400
  • Must be Australia-based and speak fluent English
  • Pursuing a career in agriculture, agrifood research and/or international development

To register your interest go to

Attendance to workshop will be confirmed after receipt of registration fees

For more information about the workshop, contact Rebecca Cotton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  OR Rohan Yargop at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Tamaya Peressini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications close Friday, April 26th, 2019.

The workshop will be a combination of seminar and lecture style presentations, class and group discussions, individual reflection and group exercises. 

 Workshop Agenda


Tuesday 14 May 2019

1 pm to 5:30 pm

(Break for afternoon tea included)

Management and Leadership Fundamentals

Presenter: Shaun Coffey

  • Introduction to management and leadership and why they are important for research.
  • Your experience of “management” and leadership
  • Sapienza’s research on how scientists experience management.
  • Managing – administering, leading and engaging
  • Introduction to common leadership models, adaptive leadership and steward leadership.
  • Culture contexts for leadership
  • Career management and development pathways (including T-individuals {static perspective} and neo-generalists {dynamic learning perspective}).
  • Your development journey – leveraging the course into a self-directed learning program.  Reflective practice.

Wednesday 15 May 2019

8:30 am to 5:30 pm

(Breaks for morning and afternoon tea and lunch provided)

People Management: from self-awareness to influence

 Presenter: Lynne O’Brien

  • Exploring self-awareness; personal styles and your impact on people.
  • Working in Teams; team roles.
  • Interpersonal communication.
  • Conflict management and resolution.
  • Receiving and Giving Feedback.
  • Managing upwards - handling the boss.
  • Coping with toxic environments.
  • Performance management.

Thursday 16 May 2019

8:30 am to 4:00 pm

(Breaks for morning and afternoon tea and lunch provided)

Project Management, Evaluation and Impact,  And Personal Effectiveness

Presenter: Shaun Coffey

  • Principles of project management
  • Logic models
  • Tools like Bennett’s Hierarchy and Kirkpatrick’s 4 frames
  • Project planning and delivery
  • Building your project team or redesigning the team you inherit
  • Successful self-managed teams (Buurtzorg model)
  • Evaluation and planning for impact
  •  “Snappy Systems” exercise
  • Identifying and writing better objectives and translating them to KPIs
  • Understanding outputs, outcomes and impacts
  • Managing yourself
  • Time management and to-do-lists/priorities
  • Handling meetings

 Workshop presenters

Lynne O’Brien

 Lynne has extensive experience working in a range of senior management roles within the Australian Public Service. Her career commenced in the Australian National Audit Office in 1984 and, subsequent to achieving Chartered Accounting Qualifications, was promoted to the Senior Executive Service as a financial statement-signing officer in 1990. Lynne subsequently moved to Medicare Australia and later, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry where she undertook a range of senior executive roles in financial corporate, program management and service delivery functions.

Capabilities include:

  • Financial management
  • Program design, implementation and management
  • Change management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Corporate management
  • Service delivery.

Following her retirement in 2014, Lynne now volunteers with a Canberra based food rescue service, and is the Director Finance for the Murrumbidgee Golf Club. She has qualifications in Accounting and Information Technology and is currently studying Financial Advising.

Shaun Coffey

 Shaun Coffey is Director of Capacity Building in the Crawford Fund. An agricultural scientist by training, his career has included appointments as Chief Executive of Industrial Research Ltd, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute; Foundation Chief of the CSIRO Division of Livestock Industries, and Director of Research and Extension in the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. He currently serves in several roles, including as a Director of Technical and Further Education Queensland, Director of the Australian Institute of Agriculture, Adjunct Professor in the School of Management in Victoria University of Wellington, and Managing Editor of the Journal of Agricultural Science.

Shaun is a recipient of the Silver Medal of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (2001), a Centenary Medal of Agriculture from the University of Melbourne (2006), and the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Thomson Medal (2010) for his leadership of research and commercialization. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, elected Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

RAID is a program of The Crawford Fund