#AgriLeadership Week 2021

A new cross-organisation campaign is taking place in May, to raise awareness of leadership training across the agricultural career spectrum

Taking place between 17-21 May 2021, #AgriLeadershipWeek is a joint scheme by AHDB, Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust, Institute for Agricultural Management (IAgrM), Worshipful Company of Farmers (WCF) and The Farmers Club Charitable Trust (FCCT).

#AgriLeadershipWeek is targeting current and aspiring leaders in farming who are unaware of, or are yet to make use of, any leadership training. Through the campaign, it is hoped people will become more aware of development opportunities that can not only improve them as a person but as an employer and manager of others. 

How can you take part?

Throughout the third week of May, there will be social media support from each partner in the scheme showcasing the great experiences of leadership training and signposting ways to get involved and further develop yourself.  

You can share your story, watch our specially created leadership videos and enter the competitions we have laid on throughout the week by tweeting #AgriLeadershipWeek.

Read the press pack for more info on getting involved

Download and share this pledge on social media

Hear our stories

“The ongoing relationships I've had with the people on the courses that i've been on has been invaluable to the work we've done here on the farm, and getting through some of the tougher times.”

Dan Burdett
WCF Advanced Business Management course delegate

“If we all engage in this leadership journey we can deliver a prosperous agricultural industry that's fit for purpose - not just for today but for generations to come.”

Jenna Ross
Nuffield Scholar 2018

“Qualities of a leader are empathy, being technically strong, understanding and being able to communicate, having integrity. I think we've all got that in different ways - it's about building on it.”

Navaratnam Partheeban
Oxford Farming Conference Emerging Leader

“Leadership development is for everyone. Regardless if you are a leader in a business, everyone is a leader of their own lives – or certainly should be.”

Holly Beckett
Nuffield Scholar 2015

Why is this important?

Amie Burke, Skills Development Manager at AHDB, said: "We’re delighted to be working with our industry partners on such a key initiative. The agricultural industry is both large and complex and is moving into a period of rapid change driven by political and policy changes. Strong leadership within the sector has never been more important."

Chris Graf Grote, Chairman at Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust, said: "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. We hope this scheme helps develop and inspire current and future generations of industry leaders."

Stephen Fletcher, Chair of the Farmers Club Charitable Trust, said: "Investing in the future by developing our current and future agricultural leaders has never been so imperative. In a game changing collaboration, leading providers are coming together to provide a platform for the sharing of opportunities and pathways to support rural and agricultural leadership. The initiative will enable an individual to identify the most appropriate ‘leader journey’ to suit their own needs at any given time during their career."