2nd WCFA Learning Extension day

by Duncan Couper

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Posted on Mon, Jul 1, 2019 7:05 AM


2nd WCFA Learning Extension day

The Worshipful Company of Farmers Alumni Association (WCFA) Committee have developed the second Alumni Learning Extension Day for 2019 which will once again be held in the Cranfield Management Development Centre at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire on Wednesday 11th December, starting at 8.30am for registration. Syngenta is proud to be the event sponsor.

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 experienced professionals and entrepreneurs for those wishing to discuss topical issues over lunch

An interactive day with many opportunities for group discussion, the LED will stretch your minds and continue to help advance alumni to meet the challenges of UK agriculture. A key note speaker (still to be confirmed) will open the day with a session looking at the challenges and opportunities we face. Following that much of the day will be broken into facilitated working groups. Topics will be more non-agricultural in style this year. At lunch there will be optional discussion sessions moderated by professional and entrepreneurs. 

The 2019 LED will focus on three topics areas:

Funding Growth and Development - Callum Murray, Head of Agriculture & Food, Innovate UK will join a business leader (to be confirmed) to discuss new ways of funding new business start-ups and enterprises with participants.

Strategic Business Planning - This session will focus on strategy development and implementation (session leads to be confirmed). Session sponsored by Roythornes

People Management - Dr Bryan Watters, Snr Lecturer, Leadership & Change, MoD Shivenham & Cranfield University will use a personal case study, based on his time serving with the British Army in Iraq, to highlight many leadership and culture aspects that can equally be applied in agriculture. Session sponsored by Eden Search

For the closing session, we are pleased to confirm Minette Batters, President of the NFU, will be looking ahead for UK agriculture post-Brexit, assuming we have Brexited by then!

For those participants wishng to continue the discussion and networking, the optional drinks reception and a three-course dinner will be held in the evening. The speaker for the dinner will be WCFA member Alex Albone of Pipers Crisps, a potato crisp company he founded and recently divested. 

Hotel accommodation facilities are available in the centre for those travelling from afar and wishing to stay before and/or after the day.**

The 2019 LED will be open to WCFA members from 1st July and, from 1st September, also guests of alumni members. Numbers for this event are limited to 120 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  For bookings please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2019-wcf-alumni-learning-extension-day-tickets-62716389409

* = please advise Duncan Couper directly of any dietary requirements you have via  duncan@farmerslivery.org.uk 

** = Hotel accommodation can be reserved seperately by contacting the Cranfield Management Development Centre reception on 01234 754882 (telephone) or cmdcsales@cranfield.ac.uk (email). Further details on how to book are provided on the order confirmation you will receive once you have registered for a place or places.


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