Hear from experts on how farmers will specifically be affected by the latest tax changes
Get the latest from DEFRA on changes coming through the system
Get the views of agricultural bankers, economists and working farmers
Please note that the programme is subject to change.
Wednesday 28 September
- Chairman’s welcome and introduction
- Future Farming and Countryside Programme - Farming reforms and next steps
- Update on UK farming: a look at current trends, policy changes and profitability outlook
- Sowing the seeds to improve mental health in agriculture
- A working farmer's perspective
- Tax update
- Closing comments
Thursday 29 September
- Chairman’s welcome and introduction
- Bank Finance for the Estate and Farm Market
- Funding the food chain of the future – to seize the opportunities which will appear. What has changed and what hasn’t?
- Monetising natural capital for farmers, a pragmatic view
- Sustainability and the rural economy
- Connecting data - the opportunity for UK agriculture and the role of the accountant
- ICAEW Farming Committee - Panel session
- Closing comments
Mark founded Ashbridge Partners with his wife Juliet in 2012, following a successful career in finance, banking and business consultancy. Coming from a farming background, he went on to study Agriculture and Land Management at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, graduating in 1996. Later he moved to London to work for Clydesdale Bank and then Savills Private Finance (SPF), specialising in lending and finance advisory work for HNW and landed clients.
Emma has worked in the charity sector, and mental health, for over 12 years. Emma is also a Trustee of HOPE after Suicide Loss, a charity that supports those bereaved by suicide. On a day-to-day basis Emma is focused on leading YANA through a phase of development and growth, ensuring the services are the best they can be at all times.
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. He is a member of the CAAV’s Farming and Environment Committee.
A Yorkeshireman with an interest in tech and innovation, David moved to NZ for a few months… which eventually turned into five years. He has previously led strategy and change across retail, banking and supermarkets both in the UK and New Zealand. With a head for transformation, innovation and thought leadership, he is now leading the charge for Figured in the UK. David loves anything outdoorsy, especially cycling, hiking or trail running. He’s a keen skier, and an even keener father of two daughters.
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.
Ros was an Inland Revenue fully trained Inspector until 2000 when she left to become a consultant advising on tax planning for large and small businesses and individuals as well as dealing with full and aspect enquiry work. Her clients are mainly small and medium sized accountants and the consultancy work gives a particular opportunity to understand the key issues of concerns for such professionals and consider the practical aspects of the application of legislation.
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. He is a founder member, past chairman and current "subject matter expert" of the ICAEW Farming and Rural Business Community advisory group and is the editor of the Farming & Rural Business Community newsletter.
David started DJM Consulting in 2004, which has since expanded and gone from strength to strength. With over 30 years of working for farmers, David is able to draw on his wealth of experience and expertise to the benefit of his clients and tribunals. His enthusiasm for all things rural coupled with his gentle approach, grit, and determination to succeed for his clients on every task has proved invaluable.
Briony's team works to make sure that plans for the agricultural transition in England are aligned with the priorities of Defra and wider government, as well as working closely with the devolved administrations and international partners.
Allan is a dairy farmer’s son from a tenanted farm in North Yorkshire. He is currently Head of Agrifoods at HSBC UK, a role he has held for the past 7 years covering food chains and systems from farm to fork. He sits on a number of industry bodies including the Food and Drink Sector Council’s Exporter’s Forum and its Agriculture Productivity Task Force, as well as the University of Exeter’s Impact of Covid on the UK food chain. He is a Trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Farmers and a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies.
Gareth’s family have farmed at Ty’n Llwyfan, for over 370 years. The farm breeds 3,500 sheep and 300 head of cattle. He features regularly on mainstream television, is an author of a bestselling book, a regular contributor on social media and is known as the “tweeting famer”. He constantly seeks to educate the public about sustainable / seasonal food, farming, it’s heritage, time honored traditions and its challenges.
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Despite the difficulties arising from Covid-19 … the 2020 ICAEW Farming and Rural Business Annual Conference was well run and extremely informative.
It worked very well being done online. I also thought being able to post questions opened up discussion better.
As with all conferences, often one learns most from the least expected topics.
In the current circumstances I think you did a brilliant job of getting this event on. Thank you.
I thought this was well thought out with good speakers and ideal for me that it was spread out over two days, which would not be possible with a live event.