Did you know that this year we’re celebrating 20 years of the National Rural Ambassador Award? To celebrate, we’ve been catching up with the 19 individuals who have held the prestigious title since 2001.

With three young children under five, his role as branch manager for Nutrien Livestock business in Albury and the day to day managing of the family’s 100 acre property, Tim Robinson admits he’s pretty ‘flat out’ these days. Fortunately, he’s never too busy to keep in touch with the many friends and business contacts he made during his time as the 2008 rural ambassador. They may not talk every day, but Tim says the connections he made will last forever. 

When Tim entered the program he was a stock and station agent; a role he still enjoys today. He was heavily involved in the local Albury Show in the beef and cattle section and in the promotion of youth involvement through the ASC Youth Group (now Next Generation) Tim is also a founding member and past president of the ASC Youth Group (Next Generation)

Along with meeting his now wife through the show movement, Tim says watching the mates he made during the Rural Achiever and Ambassador experience go on to achieve wonderful things in various agriculture fields has been particularly rewarding. 

“The ultimate highlight is watching the many peers met through the program achieve great things from their experience in the program,” he says.

“The access to people is invaluable from a professional perspective too. Knowing who they are and how to reach out to them through being associated with them during the program was so important because you never know when you need to call on them. 

“A friend of mine was going for an interview in agribusiness – it’s who you know, not what you know. I was able to put her in touch with a contact of mine who ended up being the person who interviewed her and helped her forge a career.”

Tim says the experience honed his ability to deal with vast groups of people, tackle public speaking with confidence, and gave him the ability to do business across many aspects of agriculture. 

These days he makes it a priority to help others achieve their professional and personal goals. 

“I love watching other people achieve success in their chosen business and knowing people outside of town (Albury) in a larger network has opened up the opportunity to see how people do things differently,” Tim says.