New Fairley facilitator

By John Lewis

The Shepparton-based Fairley Leadership Program has welcomed its 11th program facilitator in the organisation's 23-year history.

Former University of Melbourne Rural Clinical School manager Melissa Seymour replaces Sandy Gunn as the program's new facilitator.

Program chief executive Michelle Luscombe said Ms Seymour's more than 10 years of experience in leadership and management roles in the education and medical sectors would bring a wealth of skills to the role. 

Ms Seymour said she was passionate about coaching and developing emerging and established leaders.

"If you are a member of the local community who has the passion and courage to drive change in the Goulburn Murray region, I encourage you to apply for next year's leadership program before the Friday, October 25, closing date," Ms Seymour said.

The Fairley Leadership Program began in 1997 following McPherson Media Group managing director Ross McPherson's participation in the Melbourne-based Williamson Community Leadership Program.

The Fairley program now has 550 graduates across the Goulburn Murray region.

Ms Luscombe said the program provided an opportunity for people to develop leadership skills and to explore major issues facing the region and assist in making positive change.

To apply for the 2020 program go to