Join us for our annual two-morning virtual Farming and Rural Business conference, taking place across Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 September 2023.
This year's conference includes discussions on sustainability in the sector, the possible future of farm finance and the current economic and financial position of the UK farming sector.
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Please note that the programme is subject to change.
Wednesday 27 September 2023
Thursday 28 September 2023
David Missen, Consultant, Larking GowenDavid 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.
Keith Phillips Chair, ICAEW Farming & Rural Business CommunityKeith 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.
Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Partner, MHA 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, Secretary and Adviser, CAAVJeremy 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, Founder, Riverford OrganicGuy 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 Owen, Founder & Managing Director, VAT Advisory ServicesNeil 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 Thorpe, Tax AdviserChris 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 MP, Labour PartyDaniel 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).
Richard King, Partner & Head of Business Research, The Andersons CentreRichard 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 Shirley, Head of Rural Research, Knight FrankAndrew 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.
Matt Ryan, Head of Farmer Relationships, Oxbury BankIn 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 Boot, Principle Lecturer and Placement Coordinator, Harper AdamsAlastair 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 Woodley, Managing Director - Business Development, Trinity AgtechAnna 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 Fiennes, Director, Holkham National Nature Reserve & General Manager Conservation Holkham EstateJake 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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