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


10.30        Arrival: coffee and tea

11.00         Welcome from  University of Hertfordshire

11.10         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.  

11.15       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.

11.30      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.

11.50     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. 

12.10    Helen Aldis, The Prince's Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund awards more than £1.2m grants each year to rural projects as well as leading its own campaigns such as the Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme.

12.30     Questions chaired by Graham Jellis

13.00      LUNCH

A buffet lunch will be provided with an opportunity to network 


Chaired by Peter Redman, AFCP former Director and founder. 
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.

Educating and inspiring- the public  

13.50         Caroline Drummond, FACE/LEAF  -what impact will the newly combined organisations of LEAF and FACE have on the sector?

14.10         Greg Smith, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association  - a case study on how the sector can work more closely with educators to deliver success

Education and skills development- the workforce

14.30         Leigh Morris, National Land Based College - what is the role of the newly created college in skills development and lifelong learning- and where does it need partnership and support from the sector?

14.50         Dr David Elphinstone, Myerscough College - how is the Lancashire based college and other Landex colleges assisting in the knowledge exchange between applied and strategic research with the industry?

15.10         Professor David Barling, University of Hertfordshire- explores the post-graduate educational agenda, successes and gaps to fill

Questions and Discussion

16.00        CLOSE AND TEA

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.