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Worshipful Company of Farmers Challenge of Rural Leadership

20th January 2019 - 2nd February 2019
08:30 - 22:00
Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon
Leadership & Management

The future for Rural Industries has never been more challenging.

The domination of the food supply by multi-national companies, changing consumer attitudes, increased demands for countryside access and changes to government and political representation, nationally, EU wide and internationally, are just some of the obstacles which face the industry.

The Challenge of Rural Leadership now in its 23rd year is managed by The Rural Business School at Duchy College, part of The Cornwall College Group, on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

The course will take place from 20th January to 2nd February 2019 at Dartington Hall, Devon.

The Challenge of Rural Leadership course is suitable for individuals in management positions and comprises of an intensive programme of management and leadership skills as well as hosting speakers from significant and important organisations, and government agencies who contribute to the course delivery.

The aim is to provide high-achieving managers with the skills and capabilities to grow and thrive in continuously changing and increasingly challenging conditions.

This is a higher-managerial and strategic leadership course. It is designed to help you increase your influence on the rural community, both nationally and internationally, to gain a greater insight into the political, financial and environmental challenges affecting the future of rural industries.

The Worshipful Company of Farmers, offer financial assistance towards the cost of the course.

For more information please contact the Course Director, Richard Soffe on 0845 458 7485 or email


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"Thank you so much for such a wonderful course, it was truly brilliant. I was not sure what to expect, but it far exceeded any thoughts I did have in terms of challenge, intensity and fun. It was such an honour to spend two weeks with such a fantastic group of course mates as well as such renowned and handpicked speakers, who, without exception got you thinking. To be able to take some time to think about myself and my plans was a real luxury and is an experience I will treasure."
Alice Midmer, Delegate 2017

“I have had the time of my life. I feel prepared and motivated to continue making a difference in the farming industry and further my career ambitions. THANK YOU!”
 Milly Fyfe, Delegate 2016

"Being challenged daily within this leadership context and being surrounded by others of the same positive and proactive mindset was a revelation, and I am more clear about how I can improve the services I offer to rural clients, and in assessing where my strengths in leadership lie in the future, as well as taking ideas and developing them further."
Simon Haley, Delegate 2015

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