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.

18.30
Drinks reception

19.30
Conference dinner

08.30
Registration, networking

09.00
Opening of conference by the Chair
Johann Tasker, Chief Reporter, Farmers Weekly

09.10
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

09.50
Audience Q&A on how to start the conversation with Matt Lobley

10.15
Question Time Panel 

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

11.00
Networking break

11.30
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

12.00
Audience Q&A

12.20
Networking lunch

13.30
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

15.00
Feedback from Dialogue Cafe

15.30
Chair’s closing remarks and conference ends

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