Women in Dairy Conference 2017

The theme of the 2017 conference was 'Through change comes opportunity' . The conference was held on 20 September at Sixways Stadium, Worcester and featured speakers from across the supply chain.

A selection of the presentations are now available to download, please scroll down to the programme below.

The conference featured the presentation of the first Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award which was given to Dr Jude Capper. Read more about the award and the conference here.

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10:00am – Registration (with refreshments)

10:20am – Welcome Address - Tim Downes, Dairy Farmer and RABDF Council Member

10:30am – Opportunities in a changing dairy industry – Shelagh Hancock, CEO, First Milk

11:00am – A snapshot of my shopping basket and the opportunities that have crossed my path  - Ciara Gorst, Head of Agriculture, Co-op

11:30am – Coffee break

11:50am – Planning for a better outcome – Neil Wilson, Head of Agriculture and Denise Llewellyn, Agriculture Manager HSBC 

12:20pm – Start the conversation today – Siân Bushell, Siân Bushell Associates

1:00pm – Lunch

1:45pm - Balancing it all - the family, the farm and me – Lucy Muir, Muir Farming Limited

2:15pm – Communication – it’s so much more than what you say! – Paul Harris, CEO, Real Success

3:00pm – Review of the day and feedback – Lisa Williams, Promar International; Emily Egan, RABDF; Sarah Bolt, Kingshay and Rebecca Miles, AHDB Dairy 

3:15pm – Presentation of the Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award

Chaired by Di Wastenage, Women in Dairy Patron, RABDF Council Member
and Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year 2015