GAMAA (Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia) is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2008 GAMAA Leadership Programme Scholarship -  Adam Newman, Ferag Australia; Helen Woods, Fairfax (Gippsland News); Joanne Kesby, QM Technologies.

“On behalf of the GAMAA members I welcome the new scholars and wish them well in their studies,” said Alastair Hadley, President GAMAA.   “The GAMAA Leadership Programme is designed to challenge and inspire participants.  The scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to select their own courses, and also attend the GAMAA Leadership Workshops which have been expanded in 2008.” 

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 Adam Newman

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 Helen Woods

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 Joanne Kesby

The GAMAA Leadership Programme provides for a limited number of scholarships each year.  Since its inception 31 scholarships have been awarded including 27 full scholarships.

“Once again we attracted a diverse group of highly motivated and enterprising individuals from both the supplier and production sides of the industry making the selection process difficult for the committee and demonstrating the calibre of people we have working in our industry,” said Samantha Crock, GAMAA Education Manager.  The selection committee comprises Samantha, GAMAA Executive Director Karen Goldsmith and senior academic Peter Rose.  Selection is made via written application and interview.

On notification of their scholarships, recipients had the following comments:

Adam Newman, Ferag.  “It is an immense honour to be accepted into the GAMAA Leadership Programme. One of the things I find striking about the graphic arts industry is that it truly does look after its own, and it is this internal investment that ensures the human capital of the industry is the best it possibly can be.

This ethos only ensures that the industry will remain powerful, influential and above all profitable. Without skilled stakeholders at all levels of the industry, the threat of stagnation and demise looms large. It is initiatives like the GAMAA Programme that enables the industry to succeed and move forward.  I am immensely looking forward to being a part of this new wave of leadership.”

Helen Woods, Fairfax. “I was very excited by the news.  For me personally this programme creates an opportunity to be able to network with my peers and to be able to share idea's and discuss issues with people who are ultimately on the same journey as I am.

My goal is to climb to the summit and to take as many others with me as possible.  The GAMAA Programme opens the door for me to do this. I see the value of the programme to the industry as second to none as I have an opportunity to grow and become the best Leader/Manager for myself, my employer and the industry.”

Joanne Kesby, QM Technologies.  “GAMAA’s Scholarship Programme is an exciting opportunity for personal growth and to develop leadership skills. The GAMAA workshop I participated in last year was challenging, informative and rewarding - my experience with the other scholars is that they are enthusiastic industry ambassadors, so I was delighted and honoured to be able to join them.

This programme gives me the chance to learn with these peers and mentors, sharing experiences and knowledge. I believe my organisation will directly benefit from GAMAA’s scholarship initiative through my being a more effective leader.”

For further information about the GAMAA Leadership Programme and 2008 Workshop dates visit or contact Karen Goldsmith, GAMAA Executive Director on or GAMAA’s Education Manager, Samantha Crock on

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