Hillsborough to host Nuffield conference

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A ‘must’ for all interested in agricultural innovation the NI Nuffield Scholars Association Spring Conference will be held at AFBI, Hillsborough on Monday, April 27 from 7.30pm prompt.

Three entrepreneurial speakers will report on their Nuffield Scholarship studies.

Third generation East Sussex dairy farmer Joe Delves looks at “How to succeed in dairy farming: attitude determines altitude”. Having run his own successful building company Joe took on the family dairy farm as a change of lifestyle assuming it would be good for his young children growing up with Dad about home enjoying the country life.

Joe soon discovered there was one major change on becoming a farmer, not being able to charge to cover costs, let alone make a profit. After reaching rock bottom he switched to a simpler farming style and gained that better lifestyle and standard of living all farming families deserve.

Sara Gibbins takes the topic “The effects of globalisation in the egg processing industry”. Involved in the egg processing industry for over 12 years, Sara came into it by chance. Starting as a sales rep she went on to become the Director of Stonegate Food Ingredients Ltd until it was taken over by Manton in 2008.

Sara stayed at Manton as Chairman until April 2012 when she stepped down to pursue other opportunities, including her Nuffield Scholarship. Today she is assistant to the Chairman of Noble Foods and Managing Director Didier’s Patisserie Ltd, which supplies the Royal Household.

Third Nuffield Scholarship speaker Karen Brosnan grew up on a Co Kerry dairy farm along with five brothers so was immersed in farm life from a young age. Today she is a self-employed management consultant, facilitator, and executive coach in the public sector, in agriculture, the foreign service, in education and the private sector.

Her work ranges from undertaking organisational reviews, strategic planning, change management and workforce performance and quality systems, to management & leadership development, team building and executive coaching. In particular, she has worked with farmers to develop entrepreneurial, business management and leadership skills through community development programmes and discussion groups. Karen’s Nuffield topic was “Leadership development pathways for Irish Agriculture”

As the Hillsborough event ends details will be revealed of the UK Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust 2015 Annual Conference in the Europa Hotel, Belfast from 25th – 27th November