2017-10-27 

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New Era Begins at Askham Bryan College

An exciting new era has begun at one of the UK's leading agricultural colleges, with the appointment of its first female farm manager. Chantelle Astley takes up the post at Askham Bryan College near York with immediate effect, moving from her former role as an agricultural lecturer.

Her appointment re-enforces the college's commitment to greater integration between students' practical and classroom learning. Chantelle has responsibility for the two farms, which comprise 280 hectares and include both livestock and arable enterprises.

Chantelle Astley, the new Farm Manager at Askham Bryan College, York with agriculture students Jade Toone and Natasha Godsell.

Chantelle Astley, the new Farm Manager at Askham Bryan College, York with agriculture students Jade Toone and Natasha Godsell.

Catherine Dixon, Chief Executive commented:
“Chantelle brings expertise and enthusiasm to our farm management, which I am sure will be an inspiration to our young people.”

From a non-farming background, Chantelle's interest was triggered at the age of 8 when she began helping a neighbour with the milking. “That was it,” she said. “I knew farming was something I wanted to do.” After gaining a degree in agriculture, she qualified as a teacher then began farming with her husband near York where she is still plays an active role. Her connection with Askham Bryan began in 2011 when she joined the agriculture department as a part time lecturer.

Said Chantelle:
“I love teaching; I'm passionate about British agriculture and am driven by wanting young people to get into it. Yes there are obstacles and it's hard work but it's so rewarding. We need to be the best of the best, a shop window for the industry so we're inspiring students both here and beyond the college gates that British agriculture is amazing, the finest in the world.”

Askham Bryan College has around 400 students studying agriculture, engineering and countryside courses from diplomas through to degrees. It is also a recognised centre of excellence for apprenticeship learning.

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