Women in Farming in the Spotlight at Network’s Conference

Teamwork is the subject of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network’s third Women in Farming Conference which takes place next month.

Entitled “Talking Teamwork – Better and Stronger Together”, the conference will explore successful collaborative working within rural businesses with speakers sharing their unique experiences. The Network is part the Yorkshire Agricultural Society ’s work supporting the industry. The conference takes place on Tuesday 11th October 2016 at Pavilions of Harrogate at the Great Yorkshire Showground and is organised with the support of Barclays, Strutt & Parker, Coles Solicitors and RABI.

Elizabeth Hudson, the Society’s Charitable Activities Manager said: “The conference will celebrate women’s role in farming in its widest sense as the Society continues to promote British farming to help maintain a vibrant working countryside particularly in the north of England. Women often have a different approach to teamwork and our speakers will share their individual messages of challenges and success. All have a wealth of experience in leading rural businesses and in understanding the dynamic of effective teamwork. The support of our sponsors is much appreciated”

Presenters will include Claire Whitfield, Partner (Land Management) with Strutt & Parker who will set the scene. Judith Wood, Barclays Agriculture Manager in Northallerton will Chair the event and speakers, include Julia and Olivia Warters of Humblebee Farm, Flixton near Scarborough, a farm diversification which offers camping, glamping and countryside activities and experiences, running alongside a commercial farming operation; Cheryl Garthwaite, Director of Blacker Hall Farmshop, Wakefield who will share her experience of developing the team at Blacker Hall and the business’s plans for the future. In addition, Mandy Hildred, an Action Coach from North Yorkshire whose vision is to inspire business owners to reach their full potential will share her ideas, giving hints and tips for short and long term strategies for working on as well as in a  business.

Commenting on the event John Pinches, Barclay’s Agricultural Area Manager for Yorkshire and The North East of England said: “Women now play a key part in decision making, business strategy as well as physical work on the farm and the next few years are definitely an exciting time for women in the farming industry. It’s clear they are hugely optimistic about their future and the exciting opportunities that are now available to them and we look forward to meeting them at this flagship event.”

Everyone is very welcome and registration is essential. Please contact Kate Dale, the Network Coordinator at kated@yas.co.uk or telephone 07912 495604 to book a place. The event which runs from 10.30 – 2.30pm, costs £10/head which includes a buffet lunch. Coles Solicitors are kindly providing a Yorkshire Hamper and will draft a pair of Wills for a raffle. Raffle proceeds will be given to The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

The Yorkshire Rural Support Network is based at the Regional Agricultural Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ and is supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society .


8 September 2016

Media Contact: Judy Thompson, PR Manager, 01423 546215 or judyt@yas.co.uk

YRSN Contact: Kate Dale, Network Co-ordinator on kated@yas.co.uk or 07912495604

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, N. Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was established in 1837 with the primary purpose of holding an agricultural show and for the furtherance and support of farming in the region. This ethos continues today, through its flagship events, the Great Yorkshire Show (Tues 11 – Thurs 13 July 2017) and Countryside Live, (Sat 22 and Sun 23 October 2016). 

Year round it has an active programme of events and activities supporting the farming and rural communities, particularly in the North of England. These include its Future Farmers of Yorkshire group, the Farmer-Scientist Network , the Yorkshire Rural Support Network and an extensive range of education activities aimed at increasing young people’s knowledge of the important role British farmers play in producing our food and managing the landscape.

In 2009, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society established Fodder, the award-winning regional food shop and café and the Society’s commercial activities are carried out through the Yorkshire Event Centre and Pavilions of Harrogate which run a broad range of events from the Great Yorkshire Showground. For more information see www.yas.co.uk


About Us

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling