Women in Dairy Conference Line Up Announced

Insights into the current global milk market and accessing finance are just two of the topics at this year’s Women in Dairy conference on 20th September at Sixways Stadium, Worcester, delivered by a stellar line-up including CEO of First Milk Shelagh Hancock and head of agriculture at the Co-op Ciara Gorst.

The event, which is principally sponsored by HSBC, will also feature HSBC’s head of agriculture Neil Wilson alongside agriculture manager Denise Llewellyn. Staffordshire dairy farmer Lucy Muir will give her experience of juggling a successful business and young family. Paul Harris of Real Success and family farm facilitator Sian Bushell complete the programme with short workshops on communication and succession respectively.

CEO of First Milk Shelagh Hancock

CEO of First Milk Shelagh Hancock

Di Wastenage, RABDF council member, dairy farmer and newly appointed patron of Women in Dairy, will chair the day.

Di says:
“The conference provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the diversity and talent that women bring to our industry. It’s a chance to connect with each other, share experiences and be inspired by top speakers.”

Emily Egan, Women in Dairy national coordinator, adds:
“We hope delegates will leave with fresh ideas – either from the speakers or from each other – that they can implement in their own businesses back home.”

Andy Hipwell, regional agriculture director at HSBC, says the bank recognises the pivotal role played by women in dairy farming and the lack of opportunity many have for personal development. “We are pleased to support an event which tackles some of the most thorny issues in the sector today – communication, succession, finance and market opportunities.”

The conference is organised by the Women in Dairy steering committee comprised of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) and Promar International, and is supported by AHDB Dairy.

Programme for the day

“Through change comes opportunity”

10:00am – Registration (with refreshments)

10:20am – Welcome address - Matthew Knight, managing director, RABDF

10:30am – Global milk markets – Shelagh Hancock, CEO, First Milk

11:00am – A snapshot of my shopping basket and the opportunities that have crossed my path - Ciara Gorst, Head of Agriculture, Co-op

11:30am – Coffee break

11:50am – Planning for a better outcome – Neil Wilson, head of agriculture and
Denise Llewellyn, Agriculture Manager HSBC

12:20pm – Start the conversation today – Siân Bushell, Siân Bushell Associates

1:00pm – Lunch

1:45pm - Balancing it all - the family, the farm and me – Lucy Muir, Muir Farming Limited

2:15pm – Communication – it’s so much more than what you say! – Paul Harris,
CEO, Real Success

3:00pm – Review of the day and feedback – Lisa Williams, Promar International, Emily Egan, RABDF, Sarah Bolt and Rebecca Miles, AHDB Dairy

3:15pm – Presentation of the Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award

Tickets are £50 +VAT with discounts for RABDF Women in Dairy Members and those attending discussion groups.

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