Fieldfare farming futures - 'The Leadership Challenge' - 16 May 2013

Date:  Thursday, 16th May

Time:  18.00 until 21.30

Venue:  Dearnford Lake, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 3JQ (just off the A49/A41/A525)

Cost:  £10.00 in advance, or £15 on the night (includes hog roast and refreshments)

Nuffield Scholar Rob Bebbington - and our event sponsor Promar International - invite you to enjoy an informative and sociable summer seminar exploring leadership and the importance of leaders in moving our industry forward.

You’ll hear about the global challenges affecting your business now and in the future.
You’ll see some outstanding examples of how leaders from our industry are meeting these challenges head on.
You’ll be better prepared to take on your own leadership challenge - even if it’s just a small  step.

Programme and Nuffield speakers:

19.00 - Opening remarks and welcome – ROB BEBBINGTON, Fieldfare Farmers

19.05 -Leadership lessons from the forest’ – JEZ RALPH NSch, Silvanus Trust

Jez has degrees in archaeology and geology and a Masters in forest management. He joined the Silvanus Trust in 2000 having worked previously with the National Trust in Cumbria in the forestry and estate management teams, before spending two and a half years in Antarctica as a polar
mountain guide. He will share his experiences and lessons of leadership.

19.30 – ‘Learning to lead’ - ALEC MERCER NSch, Young Poultry Entrepreneur, Packington Free Range 
Afteruniversity, Alec was keen to join the family farm, but wanted his own area of responsibility. As a result, he set up the free range chicken farm he now runs, supplying premium table birds to independent butchers and farm shops around the UK. He has been on a learning journey -
alongside fitting in a Nuffield Scholarship which took him across the globe – and will share his insights into how his leadership skills have developed.

19.50 - Hog roast and refreshments

20.30 – ‘Leading beyond the farm gate’ – GUY SMITH NSch, Farmer and Activist

Guy comes from a dry farm in Essex which has won awards for conservation and the quality of its wheat. He holds high level positions with the HGCA, NFU, FACE and several other high profile organisations. He scribbles a bit in the press and does the odd bit of media work. He has been lucky enough two undertake two Nuffield Scholarships and is living proof of the power of good communication skills.

21.00 – ‘The leadership challenge’ – NEIL ADAMS, Promar International

The 21st century farm leader has to be more adaptable, more informed and more flexible. Neil will present some thought provoking research on leadership and, through a panel discussion with the evenings speakers, invites everyone to reflect on their own individual leadership styles.

Attendance cost: £10 in advance (by 15 May), or £15 on the night.

To reserve your place: Call Dearnford Lake on 01948 665914, or Email:


PLEASE BRING A PROSPECT…!  Do feel free to invite and bring along a prospective Nuffield Scholar whom you feel would gain from a Scholarship. All are welcome.

For more information please view the pdf brochure - click here