National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

24 June 2013


Two new appointments at the NFYFC national office will support young farmers in agriculture and competitions.

Jo Wyles, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Officer and Gill Harrison, Competitions and Events Administrator  joined the team at the National office in Stoneleigh in June 2013, and will support members in clubs and counties across England and Wales.

Jo Wyles most recently worked as a rural surveyor for the National Trust and brings experience of rural affairs and an extensive knowledge of Young Farmers’ Clubs. Jo has been a member of the organisation since she was 20 years old and has previously joined clubs in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Devon.

In her new role with NFYFC, Jo will support NFYFC's 25,000 members to have their say on the future of the industry and to develop their agricultural skills. Jo will work with the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) who decide the direction of NFYFC’s agricultural policies.

Jo Wyles, NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Officer, said:

“I think NFYFC has a unique and critical role to play within agriculture and I’m really looking forward to helping young people working in the industry get their voices heard, both at a national level and through our work with the European Council of Young Farmers’ (CEJA). I also want to help promote the opportunities available to young people and encourage more to enter the industry by working with other agricultural and rural organisations.

“As a grassroots member, my personal experience of YFC will also help me to communicate members’ views to the wider agricultural industry. I will also be representing young people’s issues such as rural housing and tenancies.”

Gill Harrison is a former member of Warwickshire FYFC and will support the competitions team to deliver NFYFC's programme of activities as well as additional support for the Annual Convention, which this year attracted 5,000 people.

Gill is no stranger to the YFC competitions programme, as she reached the national finals in floral arts, after dinner speaking and hockey during her time in Pailton YFC. She believes her experiences will help in her new role.

Gill Harrison, Competitions and Events Officer, said:

“Competitions are at the heart of NFYFC and nearly every single member will take part in a competition at some time. They are a fantastic way for members to show off a huge variety of talents and skills.

“After taking part in competitions myself, I know how much effort and preparation go into each competition and I understand the excitement of taking part in a national final. Hopefully I’ll be able to empathise with our members and help them to get the most out of taking part in YFC competitions.”

[Pictured: Gill Harrison (left) and Jo Wyles.]


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