Farm Succession Planning agenda

The event will take place on the 31 October 2018, Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire. The conference will have speakers from around the globe with workshops and navigating sensitive subjects on succession. Below is a breakdown of the conference and who will be talking about what.

30 October 2018

(Conference & Hotel Stay Ticket holders only)

Drinks reception

Conference dinner

31 October 2018

Registration, networking

Opening of conference by the Chair
Johann Tasker, Chief Reporter, Farmers Weekly

Succession is a process, not a destination
Six most common succession planning challenges and how to overcome them
Professor Matt Lobley, Rural Resource Management
Director of Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute, University of Exeter

Audience Q&A on how to start the conversation with Matt Lobley

Question Time Panel 

Formal agreements are vital: Legal, Tax and Land implications of drawing up a succession plan

Networking break

Matchmaking: an alternative approach to passing on your farm
How can you land-matching service play a part in succession plannning, particularly for those with no family members to pass the farm onto?
Alison Rickett, Managing Director, Fresh Start

Audience Q&A

Networking lunch

Dialogue café (10 tables of max 5 delegates)
4x30 mins sessions discussing 4 key topics – each table to have a host to remain at the table – refreshments available throughout

Example of topics:

  • Fair vs Equal: why this is a distinction worth emphasising
  • Difficult conversation: how do you insist on having it when life gets in the way
  • People Matter Most: setting guiding principles for decision making
  • The Incumbents: I don’t want to retire!

Hosts to include: Christine Malseed, Accredited Succession Facilitator

Feedback from Dialogue Cafe

Chair’s closing remarks and conference ends

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