2021 WCFA Learning Extension Day - 8th December at Loughborough University

by Duncan Couper

Download 2021 WCFA LED Programme.pdf

Posted on Thu, May 20, 2021 11:23 AM

2021 WCFA Learning Extension Day - 8th December at Loughborough University

The Worshipful Company of Farmers Alumni Association (WCFA) Committee have developed the 2021 Learning Extension Day on Wednesday 8th December at the Burleigh Court Conference Centre on the campus of Loughborough University. 

The purpose of the Alumni Learning Extension Day (LED) is to:

- offer an opportunity to alumni of WCF courses to continue to expand their knowledge of modern business management techniques

- provide further opportunities for alumni to think beyond their day to day agricultural business activities for the long-term benefit of themselves and their businesses

- aid alumni networking across all WCF courses and years

- provide access to mentoring and support for those seeking help with specific business and/or leadership challenges

An interactive day with many opportunities for group discussion, the LED is being developed to stretch your minds and continue to help advance alumni to meet the future challenges of UK agri-businesses and turn as many of those as possible to opportunities. 

2021 Programme

The day will start at 09:00am with registration from 08:15am. Professor David Hughes, Emeritus Professor for Food Marketing at Imperial College will open the day with a session looking at the challenges and opportunities we face. Following that much of the day is broken into facilitated working groups considering three main topic areas:

Skills for succession - David Buck of Eden Search

Making sense of data - Paul Rous of Yara International

Organising ourselves to deliver public goods to private buyers - Julie Robinson of Roythornes

A debate will take place on Neither conventional intensive farming nor organic farming hold the answer to sustainable agriculture during the final session with the following panellists: Caroline Drummond, LEAF; Mark Hall, Syngenta; Russell Carrington, Knepp Regenerative Farms; Carl Atkin, Terravost. 

The day will close at 18:15. 

For those participants wishing to continue the discussion and networking, an optional drinks reception and a 3-course dinner will be held in the evening. Our dinner speaker is Matt Naylor of Naylor Flowers and 2004 ACABM alumnus.

To reserve your place for the 2021 LED please use this links:



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