Hear from experts on how farmers will specifically be affected by the latest tax and VAT changes
Get the latest on trends in the farmland market, looking at farm rents and what is driving prices
Get the views of agricultural bankers, economists and working farmers
Wednesday 27 September
- Chairman’s welcome and introduction
- Sustainability and ESG – Profit with purpose?
- Business, environment, climate – the new policy framework for agriculture
- A life spent trying to be useful, and accidentally making money along the way
- VAT update
- Tax update
- Keynote address - Daniel Zeichner MP, Labour Party
- Closing comments
Thursday 28 September
- Chairman’s welcome and introduction
- Agricultural economy
- Rural property markets and the future of farming
- Oxbury Bank and the future of farm finance
- University placements and sustainable development
- Natural capital calculation, valuation and carbon fungibility
- Keynote address – Making space for nature
- Closing comments
Meet the expert speakers supporting this event.
David is a former partner in, and consultant to Larking Gowen. Based in East Anglia, specialising in agriculture and associated private client work, David has an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting businesses and individuals in the farming industry.
Mark specialises in the rural business, agriculture, horticulture, food manufacture, education and healthcare industries as well as supporting organisations from a wide range of sectors to develop and deliver impactful sustainability and ESG strategies.
Jeremy Moody has been Secretary and Adviser to the CAAV since 1995.He handles the many issues covered by the CAAV across the UK including agricultural tenancy, land occupation issues, taxation, valuation and telecommunications, liaising with government and writing widely on both policy and practice.
Guy Singh-Watson has over the last 35 years taken Riverford from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering homegrown organic veg to friends, to a national veg box scheme delivering to around 70,000 customers a week. Guy is an advocate of using business to shape a part of the world, however small, to be kinder, more considerate and sustainable.
Neil is an independent consultant and speaker who has 39 years’ experience of working in VAT. He is a Fellow of the CIOT and uniquely also of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants, the latter reflecting his wide and long-standing involvement in advising the rural sector.
Chris is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners and a non-practising barrister. After qualifying at Grant Thornton, he worked in several firms in practice as well as lecturing for Mercia. He is a technical officer at the CIOT and freelance lecturer and tax consultant.
Daniel Zeichner is the Labour MP for Cambridge, and has been an MP continuously since 7 May 2015. He currently undertakes the role of Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
Keith qualified in 1987 with ICAEW and is director of Duncan & Toplis, a firm that's centred in Lincolnshire but has 11 accountancy offices with over 400 staff covering most of the East Midlands. Keith is lead director of an office of around 26 staff, and a general practitioner looking after mainly family-run businesses with a bias of around 60% towards agricultural or ancillary industry businesses.
Richard joined Andersons' Research team in Melton Mowbray in 1998. The team analyses and interprets agricultural policy and market developments, and provides specialist business research, training, briefings, and publishes information. He became editor of the Agricultural Budgeting and Costing Book in 2000 and joined the Andersons Centre Partnership in 2003.
Andrew is editor of The Wealth Report, Knight Frank’s global thought-leadership publication for its UHNWI clients and their advisors. He is also Head of Rural Research providing insight into farmland and agricultural trends. In addition, he created and compiles the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, which tracks the value of 10 asset classes including classic cars, art and wine.
In Feb 2020 Matt joined Oxbury Bank Plc as Head of Farmer Relationships and assisted the business in gaining its banking license through to its successful launch in Feb 2021, and since then put together a national sales force and has lead the farmer facing team to major lending and revenue milestones. In addition to his banking career Matt also ran his own successful farming business.
Alastair leads Harper Adams University's placement programme as well as lecturing in Food Retail and Marketing. His industry experience includes running his family’s dairy farm in Shropshire and 15 years in retail operations including with Waitrose. Alastair’s professional purpose is to help undergraduates launch successful careers in food and agri-business.
Anna has held senior roles at industry leading organisations including Agrimetrics and Proagrica. She has a degree in commercial horticulture and studied business innovation with the University of Oxford.
Jake has over 30 years' experience in land management on private landed estates and is currently Director of Holkham National Nature Reserve. Holkham Estate covers 25,000ac and is one of a handful of private landowners with approved body status to manage a National Nature Reserve.
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