A Margaret River wine industry executive topped more than 100 applicants across the country this month to snag one of just 15 spots in the sector’s peak personal and professional leadership program. Future Leaders is a prestigious program held every two years for the Australian wine community, and Margaret River Wine Association chief executive Amanda Whiteland said she was honoured to be accepted. “Gaining a place in the Future Leaders program is not only a privilege for me personally but (also) great news for the Margaret River community,” she said. The Future Leaders program seeks out the wine industry’s cream of the crop to give experienced workers the opportunity to take their business to the next level. After not making the cut in 2019, Ms Whiteland said she was overwhelmed to have been accepted this year. “What I most look forward to is sharing the learnings and value this program provides for our regions,” she said. Richard Burch from Howard Park Wines in Perth has also been accepted into the program. Wine Australia chief executive and Future Leaders selection panel chair Andreas Clark said he was looking forward to using the program to push for lasting differences in a time of such uncertainty.