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Alison Larard – 2018 Nuffield Scholar

Alison Larard from Evelyn near Atherton in Queensland receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Westpac. Through her research, Alison will seek to find ways to strengthen business and strategic planning capabilities of family-owned northern beef enterprises.

Alison believes improving management skills within family businesses can assist in objective and professional decision making and business performance. Her research will look at how this may also empower families to question if the traditional ‘succession at all costs’ inter-generational ownership transition approach is sustainable or suitable to northern enterprises.

Alison helps operate her family’s Limousin seed stock operation, spanning three properties on the Atherton Tablelands. Here, she applies the management skills she has gained both off-farm and through formal education, including a Master of Business Administration, to strategic planning and performance analysis within the cattle business.

“Inadequate financial literacy and limited succession planning are particularly concerning in the North Queensland beef industry, with the remote, insular nature of the region and poor profitability further constraining these businesses,” Alison said.

“Overcoming these barriers will enhance producer capability and enterprise viability.”
For her study, Alison will travel to North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile and South Africa.

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