AgriLeader Forum 2024: Farming your network – playing your field

The AgriLeader Forum 2024 took place on 30–31 January 2024. Below, you can find out more about the event.

Are you making the most of your personal and business networks? At the 2024 AgriLeader Forum we helped farmers explore how to create and develop connections to benefit both them and their businesses, transforming their perspectives and inspiring change.

Why not catch some of the action on social media or read our post-event write-up for a more in-depth summary?

If you haven't been to an AgriLeader Forum before, watch this video recap of the 2023 event for a taste of what it's all about.

When and where

12:00pm Tuesday 30 January – 1:00pm Wednesday 31 January 

Hilton Manchester Deansgate

303 Deansgate

Manchester M3 4LQ

Why did people come to the event?

While taking time out of your business might seem like an impossible task, the benefits you can reap from doing so are priceless:

  • Hear from inspirational, world-renowned speakers
  • Network with like-minded farmers
  • Be challenged and motivated in equal measure
  • Arm yourself with the tools you need to drive your business forward
  • Take time to reflect and plan
  • Have a great time and recharge your batteries

What was the line-up?

The AgriLeader Forum will focus on helping you to develop and drive the three pillars essential for running a successful business:

  • Leading yourself
  • Leading your people
  • Leading your business

Agenda (Tuesday 30 January)

With Nicholas Saphir, AHDB Chairman

The fuel for your engine
With Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald, a chartered clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, keynote speaker and published author.

The power of networking
An interactive panel discussion with:

  • Laura Ryan, Founder and CEO of Meat Business Women and Global Meat Alliance
  • Phil Halhead, a third-generation dairy farmer with a large beef enterprise and founder and managing director of Norbreck Genetics and Norbreck Storage
  • Phil Jarvis, Chair of Albanwise Farming and Albanwise Environment

Breakout sessions

Closing remarks
With Mike Gooding, AHDB Farming Systems Director

Drinks reception and evening meal

Agenda (Wednesday 31 January)

With Will Jackson, AHDB Divisional Director – Engagement 

Personal power: build your resilience, resourcefulness and creativity
With Marcus Child, an award-winning speaker who inspires confidence, wholeheartedness and courage.

Reflections: Have you stepped out of your comfort zone?
With Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald and Marcus Child

Closing remarks and lunch

Meet the speakers

Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald

Stephaine is a Health and Wellbeing Consultant at Soyo Ltd., a chartered clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, keynote speaker and published author.

She specialises in delivering practical, evidence-based interventions, focusing on sustainable improvement.

Stephanie is passionate about ensuring people are happy, healthy, safe and engaged in the workplace, and believes everyone can and should enjoy work.

Marcus Child

Marcus inspires confidence, wholeheartedness and courage, and is known for helping thousands of people in hundreds of big brands and SMEs embrace daily life and times of change positively and successfully.

In stirring conversations with his audiences, he kindles resourcefulness and self-belief in individuals, positivity between colleagues and trust between organisations and their customers.

Marcus encourages people to view work as a pathway to both personal growth and commercial success, promoting fresh habits for goal-setting, mental well-being, and effective communication.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about this event or AgriLeader in general, please get in touch with one of the team.

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Izak van Heerden

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager – Business, Insights & Skills

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Mark Campbell

Knowledge Exchange Manager - AgriLeader

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