National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

29 October 2012

A new Council has been elected to represent Young Farmers’ voices in England and Wales and guide the direction of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

The elections, which took place at the Quality Hotel Coventry on Sunday 28 October, saw three female members elected to the top positions of Chairman and two Vice Chairmen. Milly Wastie, from Northamptonshire YFC, was voted in as the new national Chairman and Claire Worden, from Cornwall YFC, and Hannah Talbot, from Worcestershire YFC, were both elected as the two Vice Chairmen.

The trio will be charged with leading on the overall policy for the Federation, continuing the development and leadership of YFCs to meet the needs of its members and developing the status and image of YFC to the outside world.

During her year as Chairman, Milly plans to launch a rural road safety campaign to educate members on the risks of driving in rural areas. Milly, who works for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, is also focused on bringing the clubs and counties of the 80-year-old organisation closer together and attracting new members.  

Milly Wastie, National Chairman of NFYFC, said: “I am thoroughly looking forward to representing the 25,000 members throughout England and Wales. I want to be able to give back what I have already achieved within YFC.

“It is a huge honour to be elected and something I never thought I could achieve from my humble upbringings. I am incredibly proud and will do all that I can to provide opportunities for the membership.” 

  • Milly Wastie
    Chairman of Council

    Milly Wastie

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  • Claire Worden
    Vice Chairman of Council

    Claire Worden

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  • Hannah Talbot
    Vice Chairman of Council

    Hannah Talbot

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More than 100 members gathered in Coventry over the weekend to pass motions that affect the running of the organisation and to elect the new Council. The National Council is made up of 63 members, associate members and co-options from across England and Wales and is elected by YFC members to represent their views.

Through steering groups, the National Council also decided the programme of work at NFYFC, including: communications, events and marketing, competitions, personal development and agriculture and rural affairs.

A number of motions were passed and agreed at the meeting including:

  • The new theme for competitions and activities in 2013/14 to be ‘Serving our Country’
  • The supply of a Welsh translated printed version of Ten26 magazine for members who opt into receive this
  • Where’s Wally to be the Fancy Dress theme for Annual Convention 2013 – thanks to thousands of votes from members
  • An agreement that ARAC could continue to develop its work around a farming opportunity matching service for young farmers
  • A new incentive scheme to encourage more training of The Curve
  • Young Stockjudge of the Year to be renamed to Young Stockman of the Year
  • The introduction of a Public Speaking semi-final to allow five teams to compete in the final (effects all speaking competitions apart from Junior Reading).
  • Outgoing Chairman James Williams thanked Council, members, staff and his employers North Herts Farmers for the support he has received during his year as Chairman.

The organisation also elected three new members to the Board of Management – Chairman Frank Chester, Vice Chairman Dr Julia Pointon and Youthwork/Safeguarding Adviser Jane Henderson.

More information about the weekend will be made available to Clubs and Counties soon. Other elections included:

Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Chairman: Chris Bateman (Gloucestershire)

Vice Chairman: Russell Carrington (Herefordshire)

Communications, events and Marketing (CEM)

Chairman: Gareth Laking (Lincolnshire)

Vice Chairman: David Maidment (Wiltshire)

Competitions Steering Group

Chairman: Hannah Talbot (Worcestershire)

Vice Chairman: David Hamer (Yorkshire)

Personal Development

Chairman: Toby France (Warwickshire)

Vice Chairman: Nicola Chegwiddan (Cornwall)


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