Nuffield Farming Scholarships have joined up with The Institute for Agricultural Management (IAgrM), AHDB, Institute for Agricultural Management (IAgrM), Worshipful Company of Farmers, The Farmers Club Charitable Trust (FCCT) and other similar programmes to promote the importance of leadership and management training in agriculture.

To build awareness of leadership training across the agricultural career spectrum we support the campaign #AgriLeadershipWeek which will take place from 20th to 26th May 2024.

"This initiative is an important step towards making agriculture more aware of the needs for good leadership and the comprehensive training that is already available,” says Chris Graf Grote, previous Nuffield Farming Chairman. “We hope this scheme helps develop and inspire current and future generations of industry leaders."

Expectations for the next generation of leaders has never been higher, as the food and farming industry works to feed a growing population with fewer resources and in an environmentally friendly way. By providing future leaders with the skills they need, agricultural training courses are key to our industry’s success and resilience.

Leadership development is a journey, and these skills are honed through all stages of your career. To help you choose the right course for your circumstances, we encourage you to visit the CARAS website here and here to learn more about available options. 

In the below series of videos produced by AHDB, leaders within the farming industry share their own experiences of developing their leadership skills through various courses and how they benefited from what they learned along the way. Nuffield Farming Scholars Nick Green NSch, Vicky Robinson NSch, and James Peck NSch all contributed.



What is the benefit to business from improving your leadership skills?

There is a reason why most businesses are organised with a “boss” or various layers of authority and leadership – this is the model which produces the most effective and efficient system for generating productivity and profitability. Leadership is vital for both in building the strength and power of the organisation and in helping to manage relationships and resources. Hear from business owners Di Wastenage and James Peck, on the value agricultural leadership training has brought to their farm business. Nick Green from Lye Cross Farm and Vicky Robinson of Natural England, both share how they took the lessons learnt and implemented changes in the business they work for.

Is agricultural leadership important? The Overview

Why is leadership so important? Does it really matter if a group does not have the support of a good leader? Yes, in fact, it seems it does. History and experience suggest that leadership IS very important to the success of a group or community as a whole – and to the success of individuals within the group. Find out what agricultural leadership means and how Nick Green, James Peck, Di Wastenage and Vicky Robinson embarked on their leadership journey from different backgrounds and approaches.

Leading yourself – agricultural leadership is a personal journey

To be a great leader, you need to start by leading yourself. Leaders need to know all their biases, preferences and weaknesses. It is crucial information for a boss to have, but it is not always easy for them to receive such feedback from their colleagues. All of us have our own journey into leadership, different routes and different personal experiences. This short video explores the personal benefit agricultural leadership training can provide to you as an individual.

What does professional development in agriculture mean?

Leaders should be equipped with skills that will help them lead a team of employees to a more productive and profitable goal. Leadership development programmes must help future and existing leaders to derive optimal productivity from their work peers. Training is a lifelong journey, this video talks through the continuous professional development experiences from James, Nick, Vicky and Di.