Our AgriLeader programme challenges individuals from leading farms and businesses to develop the skills they need to drive their business forward. Find out how you can get involved and take your business to the next level.

We believe that for UK agriculture to maintain sustained excellence and keep progressing, farmers and growers need to be supported, stimulated and challenged. We want to help those who are already leading by example to be the best leaders they can be.

What is the AgriLeader programme?

AgriLeader is an expansion of our highly successful DairyLeader programme, which has now been rolled out across all the sectors that AHDB covers. It is designed to inspire and challenge your thinking on business-related topics.

The AgriLeader programme provides a platform where like-minded farmers and growers can meet, exchange ideas and learn from consultants. The programme focuses on leadership, growth and resilience across three key areas:

  • Leading yourself – developing a growth mindset and becoming more resilient
  • Leading your people – inspiring your team to have a shared vision and purpose
  • Leading your business – creating opportunities and questioning assumptions

What can you expect from AgriLeader?

AgriLeader is already having an impact with business leaders.

The programme is broad in scope, and includes:

  • AgriLeader Forum – a national conference 
  • Online events, such as ‘Leading Motivated Teams’ and 'Talking Leaders'
  • The Leader e-newsletter
  • Business stimulation from national industry figureheads
  • Help developing practical leadership and management skills
  • AgriLeader Facebook group where we share management tips and provide a space for members to test run their business vision and mission

What do we need from you?

We need your input to make the AgriLeader programme successful.


As much as you can commit to, but we suggest a minimum of one hour a week. The more you invest, the more you will gain in return.


Regular open and honest feedback, as well as suggestions of topics you’d like us to address.


  • To actively participate in the wide offer of AgriLeader
  • To help build the AgriLeader community
  • To suggest and introduce new like-minded AgriLeaders
  • To inspire the next generation of AgriLeaders

AgriLeader Forum

The Agrileader Forum will transform your perspective and inspire you to change.

Are you making the most of your personal and business networks? In January 2024, we helped farmers create and develop connections to benefit both themselves and their businesses.

Catch up with the action from the AgriLeader Forum 2024

Catch up with the action from the AgriLeader Forum 2023

AgriLeader Circle

Livestreamed discussions with social media-savvy farmers and AHDB representatives talking all things agriculture, often with a consumer angle.

Guests spark lively conversations on many topics, including:

  • Leadership development
  • Regenerative farming practices
  • New entrants into agriculture and the next generation
  • The importance of our export market

Catch up with previous broadcasts

Talking Leaders

We know how important it is to be inspired by both big businesses and individuals, which is why we are excited to present Talking Leaders, a bimonthly initiative which will see a series of inspirational speakers share their life experiences and deliver impactful stories to the AgriLeader community.

Find out more and register for an event

The Leader

The Leader is a bimonthly newsletter for the AgriLeader community.

We collate a wealth of podcasts, videos and reading materials to inspire and challenge your thinking on business and leadership.

If you would like to receive The Leader, get in touch.

Catch up with previous editions of The Leader

Labour life cycle in agriculture

Labour is one of the greatest assets in farming and growing. Whether you’re looking for your first employee or already running a team, make sure you understand all the steps of the labour life cycle.

Explore our guidance and support for each stage of the labour life cycle, and see how four farms benefited from the information.

Explore the labour life cycle

Leading motivated teams

Business success stems from hard work, drive, ambition and great people. A key factor in the success of a business is its leadership, and evidence shows that great leadership produces committed and resilient teams.

During autumn 2020, we ran a series of workshops to help you develop your skills as a leader and enhance your ability to develop a stronger, motivated team within your business. If this is something you are interested in, get in touch.

Find out more

Staying ahead of the curve

These online events provide an opportunity to hear from international speakers as we host panel debates.

Bringing you tips and insight to support your thinking and strategic understanding of:

  • Tactically important topics
  • Future challenges
  • Opportunities
  • Global markets

Catch up and watch the recordings from our previous events

Leader in the limelight

In this AgriLeader feature, we profile leaders from across our industry. We ask them some probing questions to find out what makes them tick and how they've become the leader they are today.

Meet our leaders in the limelight

AgriLeader Bitesize

Our Bitesize videos can help you develop your leadership and management skills.

We know you are busy, so each video is short and snappy and comes with some helpful notes that you can refer to later.

The videos include theories, tools and exercises on topics such as self-awareness, motivating teams, communication skills, building resilience, forming habits and many more.

Watch our Bitesize videos

AgriLeadership Week

AgriLeadershipWeek is a week-long social media campaign aimed at current and aspiring leaders and employers in farming. It aims to raise awareness among individuals who may be unfamiliar with, or have yet to take advantage of, the various leadership training opportunities that are available.

This collaborative initiative was developed and led by AHDB before passing the baton to The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture (TIAH) in 2023.

Other partners involved with the activity include: Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust, The Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM), Worshipful Company of Farmers (WCF), Farmers Club Charitable Trust (FCCT), the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) Inspire Programme, NFU, RASE, MSD and LANTRA.


Putting learning into practice: reflections from the AgriLeader Forum

It pays to value and manage your people well

What kind of leader are you?

Leadership and management for all

Get involved with AgriLeader

If you would like to be kept in the loop about future AgriLeader activity and events, or perhaps just want to find out more about it, get in touch.

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Mark Campbell

Knowledge Exchange Manager - AgriLeader

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Izak van Heerden

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager – Business, Insights & Skills

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You can also join our Facebook group to ‘meet’ other likeminded producers and growers.

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