The 2017 AFCP Annual Forum 

The role of charities in post-Brexit UK food and farming

Wednesday 22nd November, 2017 10.30am – 4pm

University of Hertfordshire, The Oval, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB



Arrival: coffee and tea

Welcome from Ave Vinick, Director of Development,  University of Hertfordshire

Introduction to Forum, Graham Jellis AFCP Chair

This Forum presents AFCP members with an opportunity to collaborate more widely with each other - and industry - to deliver greater value and impact from charitable investments.  

Debbie Beaton, AFCP

Debbie Beaton became the new CEO in January 2017. She will look at the role of AFCP, its achievements to date and ambitions to support the most pressing challenges facing UK food and farming, including PhD students and a campaign to attract new talent from the military.

Calum Murray, Innovate UK

Calum Murray provides an overview of the challenges facing the sector post-Brexit, specifically the challenges and opportunities for the sector of Government spending and support.

Jane King, AHDB

The AHDB collects levies totalling more than £60m from UK farmers and processors. AHDB CEO, Jane King outlines how the AHDB is directing this investment to best deliver the professional standards and behaviours required for a resilient and sustainable UK food and farming sector – and where partnerships are needed to accelerate the uptake of new skills and science on farms. 

Questions chaired by Graham Jellis


A buffet lunch will be provided with an opportunity to network 


The afternoon session explores the challenges of public engagement across the age spectrum, education and skills development. The charity sector plays a crucial role in supporting the delivery of all these goals, particularly at a regional and local level.

What are the priorities for attracting young people to the food and farming sector and how do we then ensure that they have the skills, experience and training to meet the needs of an ever-demanding business, technology and science driven sector? Our speakers provide an insight on the work being done to inspire and train young people and deliver the talent and workforce of the future.

Public Engagement   

Caroline Drummond, LEAF CEO

Peter Redman, AFCP Board Director /Douglas Bomford Trust

Greg Smith, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association CEO

Higher education and skills development

Leigh Morris, National Land Based College CEO

Professor David Barling, University of Hertfordshire



Optional tour of the new University of Hertfordshire Life Sciences Building 


One free delegate for AFCP members and a charge of £50 per head for other delegates
Please contact Elizabeth at to reserve your place and for payment details.