National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

04 October 2018

A new structure for the Board of Management, which was agreed by NFYFC’s Council in June, means there are four new positions available for YFC members. 

A new structure for the Board means that a third of its membership must be YFC members (aged 16 to 26 years) and changes the way YFC members are selected for the Board. Previously YFC members were recruited to the Board to represent regions. The change in the nomination and selection process will facilitate the best experienced YFC members to be nominated and the NFYFC will make the Board appointments.

A shortlist of applicants that meet the selection criteria will be assessed by a working party, to be appointed by NFYFC’s Council, and presented at the Council meeting for election in February 2019.

The position for the Chair of the Board is also being advertised as the current Chair Heather Black has reached the end of her term of office.

Individuals that make up the Board of Management hold the legal duty and responsibility to ensure that NFYFC’s operations always meet its purpose and charitable objectives and also meet all regulation and legislation that apply to it.   Members of the Board hold ultimate responsibility for the organisation, the actions of its members and must safeguard and protect the organisation.

Anyone interested in applying for a position on NFYFC’s Board of Management should visit the Recruitment Area of the website to see the role description and to download an expression of interest form.

NFYFC October Council Meeting 

Council meetings are held three times a year and this is where your elected Council member represents you.  The October meeting is held on 20-21 October and if you have views, questions or concerns, make sure you contact your Council representative.  Details for your Council representative can be found from your County Office.


03 October 2018

County Chairs and Vice Chairs will get the chance to boost their leadership skills at a dedicated training weekend in November. 

Equipped promises to be a fun-packed weekend of learning, designed to support County Chairs and Vices in their new roles and includes key sessions and workshops.

Held at Mount Cook Adventure Centre in Derbyshire, from 23-25 November, YFC members will enjoy some outdoor team building activities as well as spend time understanding their new role.

Workshops will cover topics on time and people management, finances, YFC culture, club and county communication channels and coordinating county events.

NFYFC’s Chair of Council Lynsey Martin said: “This is a great opportunity for chairs and vice chairs to get to grips with their new role and to network and share best practice with others in a similar role to them.

“The training is positive news for Counties too as they benefit from having a confident and skilled leader in post to help guide them through the membership year.”

For more information and to book a place if you are a County Chair or Vice Chair, visit EventBrite

01 October 2018

Encouraging young people to start a conversation about succession of the family farming business is the aim of a new video by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).

The short film, which involves professional actors, and was supported by Defra and AHDB, will be launched on social media on 1 October 2018 and shows the conflict that many farming families face when dealing with succession.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that one in four farming families in the UK are not speaking to a member of their family as they have fallen out over succession issues, causing serious problems for relationships and the business.

Siân Bushell of Siân Bushell Associates – a trained facilitator who helps family businesses develop succession plans – narrates the film and says families just need to talk.

“In a lot of farming families, people assume that they know what the rest of the family want to do. This video from NFYFC will hopefully act as a tool to help young people approach the subject of succession with their family.

“Now’s the time to start planning as succession will happen. It’s incredibly important to start that conversation early.”

The film, which was recorded in Warwickshire, shows a farming family not speaking openly to each other, with their true feelings printed on the walls of the house. The film moves on to show how the family benefit from talking honestly to one another and how it can help to bring about a resolution for everyone.

NFYFC’s Agricultural and Rural Issues (AGRI) Chair James Hutchinson said:

“NFYFC is aware of the problems that a lack of succession planning can cause and the impact it can have on young people involved in the business. This short film raises awareness of the reasons why it’s important to start talking and to get a succession plan in place as soon as possible.

“We are grateful to Siân Bushell for the excellent advice she gives throughout the video and also to the funding support from Defra and AHDB that enabled NFYFC to create this film.”

The film, Succession… we need to talk, will be promoted on social media from 1 October and an advice guide will also be available for download from the NFYFC website.


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