Farm Succession Planning agenda

The event will take place 7 December 2017, Chesford Grange, Kenilworth. This extraordinary conference will have speakers from around the globe and specialising in role-playing workshops and navigating sensitive subjects on succession. Below is a breakdown of the day and who will be talking about what.

Morning agenda

08.15 Registration and networking

08.45 Opening of conference by the chair

08.50 The first step: starting the conversation
Matt Lobley, Professor of Rural Resource Management and Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR), University of Exeter

Drawing on 30 years’ experience across the world, Matt will outline the benefits of succession planning and the risks of failing to plan for succession. he will stress the importance of communication and will detail the dos and don’ts.

09.35 The three questions you must ask
John Baker, attorney and administrator, Beginning Farmer Center, Iowa State University
Before developing a succession plan, there are three questions you must ask yourself:

  • What do you want?
  • What do you think will happen?
  • What do you fear will happen?

John Baker, a world expert on farm succession, plots the course for your journey.

10.20 Audience Q&A with previous speakers

10.40 Networking breaks

11.00 The devil is in the detail: Addressing the challenges for succession planning

  • Mark Russell, Partner & Head of Rural – Cambridge Office, Carter Jonas
  • Nick Dee, Partner, Hazlewoods LLP
  • John Rouse, Partner and Farm Succession Planning Specialist, Lodders Solicitors

11.45 Audience Q&A with previous speakers

12.00 Turning theory into reality: a farmer’s perspective
James Small, Warren Farm

How does a succession plan work in reality? James Small shares his experiences.

*Agenda is subject to change

Afternoon agenda

12.15 Matchmaking: an alternative approach to passing on your farm
Alison Rickett, Managing Director, Fresh Start

How can a land-matching service play a part in succession planning, particularly for those with no family members to pass the farm onto? Alison explains the alternative.

12.30 Audience Q&A with previous speakers

12.45 Networking lunch

13.45 Workshops: Generations
Delegates will split into two separate problem-solving workshop streams for:

  • The current generation looking to hand their farm over
  • The next generation preparing to succeed the current generation

Delegates will be encouraged to share their experiences; our facilitators will work with the delegates to draw up solutions and actions.

15.00 Networking break

15.15 Action plan presentations and panel Q&A
The two streamed groups and their facilitators present their findings from their workshops; panel land audience debate follows.

16.00 Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference

16.05 Networking and potential for pre-booked one-to-one meetings

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