Past engagements

Below is a list of past engagements. See also Current engagements.

27th June 2016 Groceries Code Adjudicator Conference

The annual conference at Church House, Westminster

27th April 2016 Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum

I have been asked to speak at, and close, this half day seminar. I will add the agenda when officially published

25th April 2016 GCA Investigation Report into Tesco plc, Belfast

An event organised with the support of NIFDA for suppliers to hear about the GCA role, the recent investigation and with surgery sessions for suppliers afterwards who want a private talk with the adjudicator

18th April 2016 Institute of Agricultural Management course

Speaking at this leadership course, a regular event for me, and one which I enjoy, especially the questions!

14th April 2016 GCA Investigation Report into Tesco plc, Edinburgh

An event organised with the support of SF&D and SFDF for suppliers to hear about the GCA role, the recent investigation and with surgery sessions for suppliers afterwards who want a private talk with the adjudicator

8th March 2016 Ladies in Agriculture meet on International Women’s Day

So far nearly 100 of us meeting at Savills in Oxford Circus.

4th March 2016 Food and Drink Wales suppliers symposium, Aberystwyth

A symposium organised in conjunction with the Welsh government to update suppliers on the work of the GCA.

I will make time to have private discussions with suppliers who want to raise issues with me.

2nd March 2016 Langley Lectures

A local series of lectures near where I live in Macclesfield. I have been asked to speak on how supermarkets should treat their suppliers

10th December 2015 Anglia Farmers board strategy day
30th November 2015 - 1st December 2015 Met Office Audit Committee and Board meeting
25th November 2015 - 26th November 2015 Anglia Farmers Committee and Board meetings
12th November 2015 Past Marsters dinner

For those people who have left Mars. An annual event and a good catch up

6th November 2015 Windsor Leadership Trust training

I have been invited to attend this and am looking forward to some professional development

15th October 2015 Natural Environment Research Council meeting
14th October 2015 BBC Rural Affairs Committee meeting
7th October 2015 Ursula Agriculture board meeting
30th September 2015 Met Office board meeting
24th September 2015 Anglia Farmers board meeting
9th September 2015 DEFRA: Regulatory Challenge Panel

Final meeting, handing over to new members after this meeting

26th August 2015 - 27th August 2015 Anglia Farmers Committee and Board meetings
30th July 2015 Anglia Farmers board meeting
21st July 2015 - 22nd July 2015 Met Office board meeting
15th July 2015 DEFRA: Regulatory Challenge Panel meeting
9th July 2015 Harper Adams University board meeting
8th July 2015 Ursula Agriculture board meeting
1st July 2015 Network Rail Public Members disbanded

Following a statement in the House of Commons on 25th June by the Secretary of State, the role of Public Members ceases to exist from July 1st. Given the AGM was scheduled for the 15th July, this came as a surprise on timing, but it was clear that there was too much Governance once the debt was classified as government debt and the Dept of Transport became involved in Network Rail oversight and Governance.

The 46 Public Members will have a final meeting on 14th July to be thanked for our contribution.

My term of office was due to cease in November 2015 and I had not applied to serve a second term.

 

 

1st July 2015 Ladies in Agriculture dinner

This is a smaller event, max 20 people. To book or join the group, please contact louise@morepeople.co.uk

24th June 2015 - 25th June 2015 Anglia Farmers Committee and Board meetings
23rd June 2015 Cheshire Show

Speaking on a panel, details tbc!

22nd June 2015 GCA Annual Conference, Westminster

To register visit GCA website

11th June 2015 Network Rail members meeting with Office of Rail Regulator
3rd June 2015 BBC Rural Affairs Committee meeting
20th May 2015 - 21st May 2015 Met Office Audit and Board meetings
20th May 2015 DEFRA: Regulatory Challenge Panel meeting
6th May 2015 Natural Environment Research Council meeting
29th April 2015 Ursula Agriculture Board meeting

www.ursula-agriculture.com This meeting is at our new base in Anglia Farmers in Norwich

29th April 2015 - 30th April 2015 Anglia Farmers Committee and Board meetings
23rd April 2015 Harper Adams University board meeting
14th April 2015 Network Rail Members workshop
1st April 2015 - 2nd April 2015 Met Office Audit Committee and Board meeting
1st April 2015 Met Office Question Time for employees

Not done this before, but ready to have a go!

26th March 2015 Anglia Farmers board meeting
24th March 2015 DEFRA Regulatory Challenge Panel

Meeting and open forum for Defra colleagues.

17th March 2015 GCA: Westminster Food and Nutrition seminar

Speaking at this event

5th March 2015 Ladies in Agriculture meeting

About 45 of us meeting at the Farmers Club. I am the guest speaker this time, but main purpose of getting together is networking and supporting each other. We meet 3 times p.a. Anyone wanting to join us, contact louise@morepeople.co.uk

3rd March 2015 - 5th March 2015 Natural Environment Research Council retreat

An annual event when strategy considered in greater detail than at board meetings.

25th February 2015 - 26th February 2015 Anglia Farmers Committee and Board meeting
29th October 2014 - 30th October 2014 Anglia Farmers Business Management Exec Committee and Board Meeting
22nd October 2014 Met Office strategy day
14th October 2014 - 15th October 2014 Natural Environment Research Council meeting
14th October 2014 BBC Rural Affairs Advisory Committee

I chair this

13th October 2014 Addressing NFU Council GCA
9th October 2014 Pinsent Masons North West women in business event GCA

I am the guest speaker

7th October 2014 Food Ethics Council GCA

A debate with Prof Tim Laing

7th October 2014 Ursula Agriculture Board meeting

In Salisbury where they make the drones and auto-pilots

17th July 2014 - 18th July 2014 Network Rail AGM

The Public Members are effectively the shareholders so we have to approve the Annual Report, directors remuneration etc It will be held at Reading and we will be formally opening the station after it’s major refurbishment during the proceedings.

10th July 2014 Harper Adams University governors meeting
3rd July 2014 NERC Council meeting
2nd July 2014 Ladies in Agriculture dinner

Another one of our networking events, this is for 20 of us but the next event is for 50+ again due to the numbers now wanting to come. July dinner is fully booked but I am not taking bookings for November 6th.

23rd June 2014 - 24th June 2014 Groceries Code Adjudicator Conference 23rd (and 24th) June 2014

June 23rd: One day conference QEII Conference Centre Westminster.

June 24th: Activities for overseas visitors

Flyer – GCA Conference CT-final

19th June 2014 Anglia Farmers AGM

Following the board meeting at 1200

5th June 2014 Cranfield University graduation

I am attending the graduation and am to be awarded Doctorate of Science Honoris Causa (or a degree for the sake of it as my son translated it). I am extremely honoured but will also enjoy watching the degree ceremony: I must think of some words of wisdom to impart! I got my MBA from Cranfield so am particularly pleased to be receiving this from an Alma Mater.

4th June 2014 BBC Rural Affairs Advisory Committee

The last meeting I am chairing/attending. I have been on this committee for 10 years and chaired it for 4! It is time someone else took over. I stayed to input to the BBC Impartiality Review into Rural Affairs and for the BBC to be embedded in Bristol after their move from Birmingham.
I have arranged a talk on anti-microbials (I think this relates to the use of antibiotics in the food chain and their impact on humans) but we have 2 experts on the Committee who are putting the talk together coming from each end.

3rd June 2014 Debate on quotas for women in boardrooms

I have been asked to oppose the motion “This House believes that statutory proportionate gender representation in the Boardroom (quotas for women!) is an irrelevance.” I did offer to speak for either side….and this is the one I got.

A Moore Stephens & Russam GMS event at the East India Club.
GetFile

3rd June 2014 Food and Drink Engineering Forum

The last meeting I am chairing, I am standing down as I have too many commitments and despite feeling passionate about this, am not giving it enough time to be chairman.

29th May 2014 - 30th May 2014 Met Office Audit Committee and Board Meeting
28th May 2014 Network Rail Public Member Meeting

There are always quite a few meeting leading up to the AGM when we have to vote on the board and remuneration.

22nd May 2014 GCA Hay Festival Food Security and Labelling Debate 22th May

I have been asked numerous times to speak at this Festival but always too late to get in my diary. Last year we put the date in straight away.
Speaking alongside Prof Tim Benton Champion for Global Food Security.
I have never been to the Festival so am looking forward to this but it will cost people £4 to hear us on the Good Energy Stage at 1700

21st May 2014 Network Rail Members Workshop
21st May 2014 Anglia Farmers Business Management Executive
20th May 2014 GCA British Meat Processors Dinner

Speaking at this event

20th May 2014 GCA Tesco visit Welwyn Garden City

Part of my programme of visiting the 10 retailers covered by GSCOP.
Meeting Chris Bush, John Scouler and legal/Code Compliance teams to understand how GSCOP is being followed within Tesco.

15th May 2014 GCA Health and Beauty Association seminar
13th May 2014 Defra Regulatory Challenge Panel meeting

Looks like we are getting an easier name to remember!

12th May 2014 GCA Meeting with Defra Minister George Eustace
7th May 2014 GCA Agricultural Forum

Speaking at the above Forum. I used to be a member of this eminent club of agricultural thinkers when I worked at Co-op Farms…but this time have been invited to speak over dinner.

6th May 2014 - 7th May 2014 NERC council meeting
3rd May 2014 GCA Bristol Food Festival BBC Costing the Earth debate

I have been asked to participate in the debate which will be recorded on 3rd for playing out on May 5th

1st May 2014 GCA Visit to Morrisons HQ
29th April 2014 GCA Visit to Aldi HQ
24th April 2014 Anglia Farmers Board Meeting
23rd April 2014 Anglia Farmers Business Management Executive

Regular monthly meeting

15th April 2014 Ursula Agriculture Limited board meeting
14th April 2014 Worshipful Company of Farmers leadership course

speaking at this

10th April 2014 Harper Adams board meeting
9th April 2014 Centre for Ecology and Hydrology visit

A part of NERC, I am visiting as part of understanding what they do. However it follows a conversation with the CEO and realising we had many interests on the environment in common.

8th April 2014 Network Rail members workshop
3rd April 2014 Met Office Leadership Event for Managers

Speaking at this and meeting some of them for discussion over lunch.

31st March 2014 Risk Solutions Modelling workshop for Abstraction Reform Advisory Group

With my Defra Regulatory Challenge Panel hat on, engaging with some of the work being done consulting prior to new legislation on water abstratcion.

28th March 2014 Food and Drink Engineering Forum and FMEG

Meeting Food Manufacturing Engineering Group to see if we should be working closer together as we seem to have the same aims. A meeting in Manchester….for once a short journey to work.

27th March 2014 Anglia Farmers board meeting
26th March 2014 Anglia Farmers Business Management executive meeting
25th March 2014 GCA Odgers dinner

Part of a series of private dinners put together by third parties for me to speak to their clients at a senior level about the role of the GCA. These have proved to date very educational on both sides.

21st March 2014 Farmway, Darlington

Board meeting to finalise closing the busines and distribution of proceeds post the sale to Mole Valley Farmers

20th March 2014 Harper Adams University Student Forum

Speaking to the students about my role as GCA and also what being a Governor there is all about.

20th March 2014 Met Office site visit, RAF Shawbury and Highway Agency

This has been set up so I can get a better idea of how the Met Office delivers service on the ground. I need to arrive at 0740 for the daily breifing to the RAF.

19th March 2014 Met Office board meeting
18th March 2014 Met Office Audit Committee
13th March 2014 GCA North East Scotland Farmers Association

Speaking at this dinner

11th March 2014 - 12th March 2014 Natural Environment Research Council

Meeting of the council

6th March 2014 Women in Agriculture meeting at Farmers Club

THis one is a buffet and wine so we can accommodate more. The dinners are now overbooked. Coincidentally, we have discovered that this is the eve of International Women’s Day so may be linked to another event (just in planning at the moment)

6th March 2014 DEFRA Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel

Regular bi-monthly meeting looking at future regulation on environment, agriculture and rural affairs

5th March 2014 GCA BFAWU Parliamentary Group

Speaking at this event in Westminster, they represent the baking industry.

27th February 2014 Anglia Farmers board meeting
26th February 2014 Anglia Farmers Business Management Executive
25th February 2014 GCA Samco Shrim AGM

Speaking at this event in Essex

20th February 2014 Anglia Farmers Norfolk Farming Conference

AF is one of the organisers of this conference, very well attended by Norfolk farming industry. Attending only, not speaking!

19th February 2014 Network Rail Future Engagement group

One of the special interest groups for the Public Members. This is our second meeting and the first one went well.

18th February 2014 GCA Edith Gayton Memorial Lecture, Reading University

Giving the lecture on the theme of “Managing the demands of the supermarket”

17th February 2014 GCA City Food Event

Attending the City Food lecture. Run by the livery companies and always a good networking event.

5th February 2014 GCA Health and Beauty Association dinner

Speaking at this event in Bagshot. The definition of groceries includes many toiletries so comes under my remit as Adjudicator.

5th February 2014 BBC Rural Affairs Committee

Chairing this meeting inputting to BBC rural programmes

4th February 2014 Food and Drink Engineering Forum

Chairing this meeting at the Insititute of Mechanical Engineers

3rd February 2014 GCA Agriculture Horticulture Development Board (levy bodies)

Speaking at the dinner to the board

3rd February 2014 GCA Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum

Speaking at this alongside Prof Chris Elliott who did the investigation into the supply chain over horsemeat

31st January 2014 Anglia Farmers Midlands Supply Group lunch

A small group of businesses and farmers getting together to talk about the supply chain. Supported by Anglia Farmers and Grant Thornton

30th January 2014 Anglia Farmers board meeting
29th January 2014 Anglia Farmers Executive Board meeting
28th January 2014 GCA visit to Waitrose

Second of visits to Head Offices of retailers to learn more about their processes to ensure adherence to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice

27th January 2014 Met Office board meeting

A visit to Exeter

22nd January 2014 Women in Business dinner, Pinsent Masons

Hosted in Manchester, with BBC business reporter as guest speaker

22nd January 2014 GCA meeting with all Code Compliance Officers

First one with all 10 retailers represented. To date it has been one at a time.

21st January 2014 GCA Brassica Growers Annual Conference

Speaking at this event but for the first time trying a live video link up for my presentation and Q&A.

If this goes well, I will be able to speak at many more events as 3 day a week job and representing all UK has meant to date that most attendances take a day and an evening travelling.

20th January 2014 GCA Trade Body Meeting

First meeting with representatives of trade bodies who in turn represent direct suppliers to the large retailers

20th January 2014 Meeting with London Food Board

Promoting food growing in schools. Rosie Boycott and I meeting up. Hope she liked the reference in Any Questions

17th January 2014 BBC Any Questions

Joining panel with Jonathan Dimbleby, Andrew Mitchell MP, Andy Burnham, Tony Caldeira in Southport

28th November 2013 Met Office Board meeting, London
27th November 2013 Met Office Audit Committee meeting, London
27th November 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office
25th November 2013 - 26th November 2013 NFU Cornwall AGM and visits
22nd November 2013 Harper Adams University, Chancellor installation

It’s Princess Anne!

20th November 2013 - 21st November 2013 Carrot and Onion Conference, Peterborough, dinner and conference
20th November 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office

meetings all day with Code Compliance Officers

19th November 2013 Odgers dinner, Savoy hotel

Speaking at this event for Odgers clients, re GCA

19th November 2013 Harper Adams Governors meeting
18th November 2013 Anglia Farmers Strategy day
15th November 2013 Rich Pickings: Harvesting Scotland’s potential in the food and drink industry

Brodies

I am giving the keynote address entitled ‘The role of the Groceries Code Adjudicator’ at Perth Racecourse.

Registration is now open for delegates.  Register your place now: http://brodi.es/19gwbOG

The conference is sponsored by Brodies solicitors and will be promoted by ScottishLand & Estates, National Farmers Union, FoodDrinkEurope and the Scotch Whisky Association.

 

14th November 2013 Meeting with Richard Lochhead, MSP

RE GCA

12th November 2013 - 13th November 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office
8th November 2013 Farmway board meeting, Darlington
7th November 2013 Ladies in Agriculture dinner
5th November 2013 - 6th November 2013 Norvite conference, meetings and dinner, Thainstone Agricultural Centre, Aberdeenshire
3rd November 2013 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Hope to get there in our 1903 Autocar, leaving about 0730. On a good day, we arrive about 1430….57 miles!

1st November 2013 London meetings

SRSP and others

31st October 2013 Anglia Farmers board meeting
22nd October 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office
21st October 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office

Meetings in the office

16th October 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office
15th October 2013 Food and Drink Engineering Forum

I chair this forum working across the engineering institutions

14th October 2013 BBSRC/NERC SARIC event

I am chairing this follow up event to the first one to identify the research needed by the food industry

11th October 2013 Brussels

Meeting with Maria Rehbinder, senior official Internal Markets working on EU Voluntary Code of Practice, and also UKREP and NFU/Copa Cogeca.

9th October 2013 - 10th October 2013 NERC meetings

Including the launch of a new research boat, apparently they are all called Discovery. I have spent many a happy evening on the original one in Dundee.

8th October 2013 BBC Rural Affairs Advisory Committee

Meeting in Bristol

7th October 2013 NFU Cymru

Speaking and dinner

3rd October 2013 Farmers Weekly Awards

Best event in the calendar for farmers

3rd October 2013 - 4th October 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office

Potentially for consultation

2nd October 2013 Deloittes Navigating the Boardroom dinner

For all the ladies who have done the Deloittes training. In the Mall Galleries, Trafalgar Square, I hope we get time to look around!

2nd October 2013 ShEx visit, re Met Office

Part of BIS, managing the Trading Funds for BIS in a commercial way. I am going to learn more about them!

2nd October 2013 Living with Environmental Change
1st October 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office

Potentially for consultation

30th September 2013 Meeting with NI Minister Michelle O’Neill and NFU organised consultation on guidance

This should be a highly productive day in Belfast for my and the team.

27th September 2013 Shrieval Chain lunch, Guildhall

This is something to do with Liveries and Sir Paul Judge inviting me onto his Shrieval Chain Committee. I am assured that this is only a lunch with no meetings….but we are expected to contribute something towards the cost of the chain for the new Sheriff of London. Sounds fun!

26th September 2013 Anglia Farmers board meeting
25th September 2013 British Tomato Growers Conference

Speaking at dinner to this conference of the British Tomato Growers Association. Unfortunately I can’t stay late as I have to get from Coventry to Norwich for an 0830 meeting! Luckily the trains run very late London to Norwich.

http://www.britishtomatoes.co.uk/conference

25th September 2013 Appetite for Engineering Conference

I am speaking at this event. Not sure about what yet!

23rd September 2013 - 24th September 2013 Met Office
20th September 2013 NERC induction

Induction for new Council members

19th September 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office

Potentially for consultation

18th September 2013 Abstraction Reform Advisory Group
17th September 2013 DEFRA Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel meeting
16th September 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office

Potentially for consultation

12th September 2013 Provision Trades Federation GCA dinner

Arranged so that PTF members could learn more about the GCA role.

10th September 2013 GCA Training event

Sitting in on a training event set up for the British Brands Group members

5th September 2013 Network Rail Safety Engagement Group

Delighted to be on this Public Member Group and listening to plans to improve safety across the business

4th September 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office
3rd September 2013 Animal Health and Welfare Board Executive Meeting

Sitting in on this meeting as an observer in my Defra Regulatory Scrutiny Panel role. The AHWBE will themselves be advising on and scrutinising any upcoming legislation including some potential big changes coming from EU.

2nd September 2013 Victoria House, GCA office
29th August 2013 - 30th August 2013 Anglia Farmers

Board meeting and general listening and trying to help

19th August 2013 - 20th August 2013 Victoria House, GCA Office

Continuing to set up the office, having issued the guidance, now working on the consultation. Great to have a team doing so much behind the scenes

7th August 2013 Costing the Earth

A pre-record for a show that I cannot do live….themed on waste

5th August 2013 Lincolnshire farmers lunch

A small group of direct suppliers to supermarkets and their local MP to learn about the GCA role and share experience.

31st July 2013 Met Office board meeting, Exeter
30th July 2013 Met Office strategy away day, Exeter
29th July 2013 Farmway board meeting

Although the trading business is sold, there are still some assets to oversee and we have to prepare for distribution of the proceeds of the sale to shareholder when the final payment comes in.

25th July 2013 Anglia Farmers board meeting and AGM
24th July 2013 Speaking at Fruit Focus, Maidstone, Kent

Addressing the conference in my GCA role. I have never been before and am looking forward to it and hope to see some familiar faces

22nd July 2013 Royal Welsh Show

Attending as their guest with various commitments coming into the diary.

19th July 2013 Chairing Horticultural Engineering Innovation day, Oxford

A subject I am passionate about, getting more engineering into agriculture. Not worked out how to get paid for this sort of thing yet…

17th July 2013 - 18th July 2013 Network Rail members reception and AGM

A meeting prior to the AGM for members only and then the AGM itself. This is the key role of the members, about 40 of us, as we act as the shareholders. We are well prepared and have had numerous discussions about remuneration, LTIPs etc. prior to the AGM. Could have been better timing from my point of view, as right in the middle of when we wanted to do our family holiday, but duty called.

12th July 2013 Farmers Club lunch

Addressing an audience of up to 150 at the Club and talking about my GCA role. I am not sure how they will all fit in, or if I will be addressing a pillar between the 2 dining rooms, which I have done before, most disconcerting.

11th July 2013 Macclesfield Business Club

Attending a lunchtime meeting at Adlington Hall to have a master class in presentation skills. A fun thing to do locally in great surroundings

9th July 2013 Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel meeting
9th July 2013 Provision Trade Federation

Addressing the conference pre lunch

4th July 2013 East Midlands Potato Day, Spalding

Addressing the meeting in my GCA role

3rd July 2013 Ladies in Agriculture dinner, Farmers Club

Another of our thrice yearly dinners…growing in popularity.

3rd July 2013 Talk at Adams and Co, Manchester

I believe this is an internal initiative to inspire women in the business….I hope I have an impact

27th June 2013 Speaking at Food and Drink Federation conference, London
26th June 2013 Norfolk Show
25th June 2013 Commencement for Groceries Code Adjudicator

After getting the job in December, working 1 day a week since January, I finally start on 3 days a week and have the powers given to the role thought the Act.

21st June 2013 AF Farmers Ball at the Norfolk Showground

Got a table together….looks like being a great night

20th June 2013 Speaking at Easton Otley college prizegiving

Busy day…

20th June 2013 Anglia Farmer board meeting
18th June 2013 UKTI Environment Water Sector Advisory Group

First meeting I will be attending, though second of the new group under chairmanship of Mark Lane, Pinsent Masons

13th June 2013 Speaking at Sutton Bonnington to More People dinner

Fresh produce supply chain dinner. Mother studied at Sutton Bonnington….wonder if her name is on the boards somewhere?

12th June 2013 Abstraction Reform Advisory Group

Attending in my DEFRA Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel role

11th June 2013 Food and Drink Engineering Forum, IMechE

First meeting of the new Forum which I chair

10th June 2013 Anglia Farmers Business Management meeting
7th June 2013 NFU briefing Crewe

Expected to be mostly local farmers, particularly dairy, as the Skelemersdale event, testing the efficacy of this method to get the news out about my GCA role and its relevance to the audience

6th June 2013 NFU briefing Skelmersdale

Aimed at horticultural producers in the North West region. A trial on my home patch to measure interest of local farmers and suppliers to retailers in hearing about the Groceries Code Adjudicator and whether this is the right method to get the messages out about the role.

5th June 2013 Transition talk, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

Where my mother lives….

4th June 2013 BBC Rural Affairs Advisory Committee, Bristol

First meeting in the new home for rural affairs.

3rd June 2013 Common Agricultural Policy meeting, DEFRA

In role as Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel member looking at impact of CAP on future regulation

28th May 2013 - 31st May 2013 New NED position audit and board meeting and induction

Can’t annouce it yet!

24th May 2013 Network Rail Members workshop
23rd May 2013 Anglia Farmers board meeting
21st May 2013 Deloittes networking event

Following thier Navigating the Boardroom series of training for women

21st May 2013 Environment and Future Cities discussion

in my role on UKTI ENVIRONMENT AND WATER SECTOR ADVISORY GROUP

17th May 2013 NFU Mutual evening meeting, Wincle

Talk re GCA to local dairy farmers

16th May 2013 University Governor training for Harper Adams University, London
15th May 2013 Network Rail Members site visit, Milton Keynes
14th May 2013 Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel, Defra
14th May 2013 Global Competition Review Conference, London
3rd May 2013 GCA meetings, London
2nd May 2013 Abstraction Reform Workshop, Cambridge

To explore the implications of regulatory options for water abstraction

1st May 2013 Meeting the TV adjudicator

To investigate similarities between our roles and any lessons I can learn before I start

30th April 2013 - 1st May 2013 Living with Environmental Change Business Advisory Board

Dinner followed by meeting the following day. Flooding and ESRC funding are the key topics

30th April 2013 Farmway board meeting

Final board meeting following sale to Mole Valley Farmers and farewell lunch. An enjoyable year on the board leaving with new friends and a new future for the business.

29th April 2013 GCA Herefordshire visit

Arranged by the NFU, visiting farms and dinner with Fresh Produce suppliers.

25th April 2013 - 26th April 2013 Anglia Farmers

Board meeting and time in the office

28th March 2013 Anglia Farmers board meeting
27th March 2013 Abstraction Reform Advisory Group

Attending in my role on the Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel. Pity it clashes with the RCUK event, I pointed it out but they were already committed. I shall oscillate between the two.

27th March 2013 Research Councils UK water showcase
26th March 2013 Farmway board meeting
21st March 2013 Wet Network Speaker

Pinsent Masons organise a quarterly gathering of people working in the water industry and I am speaking at this one, talking about the role of space in the future of agriculture (and impact on water)

12th March 2013 Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel meeting
7th March 2013 Ladies in Agriculture dinner

A record number of attendees to our dinner at the Farmers Club.

5th March 2013 Anglia Farmers Business Executive meeting
4th March 2013 City Water Debate

Run by the WET10 livery companies (there are now 13). Excellent speakers, invitation across the livery companies and our guests

1st March 2013 Harper Adams Governors meeting
28th February 2013 Anglia Farmers board meeting
27th February 2013 BIS Select Committee GCA pre appointment hearing
26th February 2013 Farmway board meeting
25th February 2013 City Food Lecture

Attending as Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Farmers

21st February 2013 Norfolk Farming Conference

Attending as a Director of Anglia Farmers

20th February 2013 BBSRC/NERC workshop on Sustainable Agricultural Research and Innovation

I am chairing this event

7th February 2013 GCA stakeholder meetings

BIS are coordinating requests from stakeholders to meet me. There is an email address on my contact page if you think your organisation should be a priority for me to meet. In theory I am only working one day a week until commencement of the role, so I apologise if we are unable to accommodate your request in the short term.

7th February 2013 Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel

Meeting with Secretary of State re our work and first year report.

6th February 2013 GCA stakeholder meeting

BIS are coordinating requests from stakeholders to meet me. There is an email address on my contact page if you think your organisation should be a priority for me to meet. In theory I am only working one day a week until commencement of the role, so I apologise if we are unable to accommodate your request in the short term.

6th February 2013 Food and Drink Engineering Forum

Meeting to establish the Forum across all the engineering institutions. I shall be chairing the new body. Its aim is to coordinate work across the food sectors, including its production in the first place, and work with research institutions to ensure appropriate projects are briefed and supported.

6th February 2013 Deloittes Navigating the Boardroom training

Final session of this innovative Women on Boards series. Excellent initiative.

5th February 2013 Institute of Mechanical Engineers Parliamentary dinner

Attending a dinner to take parliamentarians through the IMechE Global food: Waste not, want not paper

5th February 2013 Fellow of Royal Agricultural Societies

Receiving my fellowship of the Society in the House of Lords from my peers.

5th February 2013 BBC Rural Affairs Advisory Committee

Guest speaker John Hirst, CEO MET Office! Talking about the decadal forecast and general weather impacts on farming

4th February 2013 Farm visit, Ormskirk
1st February 2013 Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University

Talking to members of the faculty at a morning seminar on the importance of engineering to the future of food.

31st January 2013 Anglia Farmers board meeting
30th January 2013 Meeting in Huntingdon

planning an Anglian Farmers event!

29th January 2013 Farmway board meeting
28th January 2013 Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel

One of our regular monthly meetings looking at future regulation: this time with visiting speakers. I hope our new panel member will be there, we haven’t yet met.

25th January 2013 Worshipful Company of Farmers Leadership Course speaker

I speak at this event every year. It is run by the Royal Agricultural College (now a University?). I shall be talking about the potential use of satellites and robots in farming, and the need for women on boards. Not exactly connected but both key to the future.

24th January 2013 Network Rail Members Workshop

This will my first one of these and part of getting to grip with my role as a Public Member

23rd January 2013 Yorkshire Water Master Class

I am the “expert speaker” at a management training event on Corporate and Functional identity, which I understand to be talking about creating the culture of a business. I was invited to speak by Dr Helen Philips, Director of Customer Service at Yorkshire Water who knows me from when she was CEO of Natural England

20th December 2012 Farmers Apprentice release THE RESULT

Final episode (the winner + best bits of everyone from bootcamp)

The 15-20 minute episodes will be screened at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings on www.farmersapprentice.co.uk 

Twitter #farmapprentice

 

18th December 2012 Farmers Apprentice release Week 4

4th episode (including diary shed and judges verdict)

The 15-20 minute episodes will be screened at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings on www.farmersapprentice.co.uk 

Twitter #farmapprentice

 

18th December 2012 Farmway board meeting
13th December 2012 Anglia Farmers

Board and other meetings

12th December 2012 DEFRA Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel

Regular meeting

12th December 2012 Deloitte Navigating the Boardroom – Women on Board Programme

One of a series of training sessions for invited attendees

11th December 2012 Farmers Apprentice release Week 3

3rd episode (including diary shed and judges verdict)

The 15-20 minute episodes will be screened at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings on www.farmersapprentice.co.uk 

Twitter #farmapprentice

 

11th December 2012 Cambridge University Potatoes Growers Conference

I have been invited to speak at the conference

6th December 2012 Past Masters Evening

Annual get together of ex Mars employees, featuring an ex employee who has succeeded! A great event to network and catch up with old friends

6th December 2012 Food and Drink Engineering Forum

First meeting of newly formed Forum bringing 2 existing ones together. My involvement brings the growing of food to the agenda too.

4th December 2012 Farmers Apprentice Week 2

2nd episode (including diary shed and judges verdict)

The 15-20 minute episodes will be screened at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings on www.farmersapprentice.co.uk 

Twitter #farmapprentice

4th December 2012 - 5th December 2012 Network Rail Public Member Induction

My first involvement with Network Rail, residential in Coventry

4th December 2012 European Space Agency conference

Keynote speaker in agricultural session

3rd December 2012 Anglia Farmers

Business planning

29th November 2012 - 30th November 2012 Anglia Farmers

Board and other meetings

27th November 2012 Farmers Apprentice release Week 1

1st episode (including diary shed & judges verdict)

The 15-20 minute episodes will be screened at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings on www.farmersapprentice.co.uk 

Twitter #farmapprentice .


 

27th November 2012 Farmway board meeting
26th November 2012 Anglia Farmers

Business planning

23rd November 2012 Farming and engineering workshop
22nd November 2012 Harper Adams governors meeting
21st November 2012 Deloittes evening networking event
20th November 2012 Farmers Club lunch – House of Lords
20th November 2012 Farmers Apprentice release trailer

The 15-20 minute episodes will be screened at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings on www.farmersapprentice.co.uk Twitter  #farmapprentice

19th November 2012 Anglia farmers strategy day
16th November 2012 Talking to Young Farmers dinner – Farmers Club, London
15th November 2012 Strategic Reg Scrutiny Panel meeting on forestry
13th November 2012 2% Club North West

Evening meeting with leading business women in North West aspiring to be directors and Non Executive Directors. Speaker my old boss Allan Leighton. A great motivator and he will be worth listening to!

13th November 2012 Panellist at Natural Environment Research Council conference
12th November 2012 Farmway
9th November 2012 Speaker at Bidwells/Anglia farmer lunch Norfolk
8th November 2012 LWEC Nitrogen workshop, Edinburgh
7th November 2012 BBC Food and Farming Awards final judges meeting
31st October 2012 BBC Food Awards judging
30th October 2012 Farmway Board meeting
22nd October 2012 - 26th October 2012 Farmers Weekly Farmers Apprentice Bootcamp
21st October 2012 - 28th October 2012 “On Your Farm” – BBC Radio 4
17th October 2012 Strategic Regulatory Scrutiny Panel meeting
16th October 2012 Commercial Farmers Group meeting