About Dorset YFC
The Dorset Young Farmer Team is made up of the following people. There is a County Organiser who is in the County Office Monday to Thursday from 9.00am – 2.00pm. Each year we have an Annual General Meeting in which a new Office is elected. These roles consist of a County Chairman, County Vice-Chairman, County Junior Vice-Chairman, County President, County Vice President and a County Treasurer. Most of the above work on a volunteer basis and everyone works hard to publicise what the YFC is all about.
My background in agriculture originates from me growing up on my family dairy farm. However I have not pursued a career in farming and have since moved away from the family farm working as a software engineer. I still like to help out on the farm where I can but spend most of my spare time looking after my small, but always growing, flock of sheep. Wanting to meet more people of my age with similar interests I joined Marshwood YFC over 12 years ago to which I am still a member. During this time, I have held a couple of officer roles within the club including Chairman and Treasurer. Being a part of Young Farmers has allowed me to try a wide range of different activities, gain new skills and develop me as an individual. Through doing this I have gone on to participate in many competitions from after dinner speaking, entertainments, stock judging and tug of war, where I have competed at club, county, and national level
County Vice Chairman & Treasurer
I have been a member of Puddletown Young Farmers since 2015. During this time, I have held the position of Treasurer, Secretary, Safeguarding Officer and part of the Programme Committee. During the course of my involvement with YFC, I have taken an active role in my Club and County, enjoying all that YFC has to offer. My personal favourites in the YFC calendar year are the Rally, Entertainments Competitions and also Sports Day – even if I do get more unfit with every year that I take part in sports! Outside of Young Farmers, I work locally as a Chartered Accountant – which is probably why I fell into the Treasurer role for my Club for a number of years and why I am now taking on the County role. I am looking forward to my role as Vice Chairman and Treasurer, and to working with the rest of the County team.
County Junior Vice Chairman
I have been a signed-up member for Dorset YFC since 2015 with my years split between Puddletown and Marshwood Vale and being secretary for 2 years for Marshwood. I am very enthusiastic in YFC competing in various different competitions throughout the year including Rally, Mock Auction, Speaking Day, Entertainments etc. I have been to New Zealand and Australia working and travelling for 9 months which was an eye opener and has made me more confident with speaking to public and push to do certain tasks. My Hobbies include Baking and looking after my own little herd of cows at home.
I have worked for the Dorset Young Farmers since July 2013. I have never been a Young Farmer and am now unfortunately too old. I work in the County Office and I assist the 8 Clubs that we have in Dorset. I enjoy attending as many events as I possibly can from the County Rally and Show, County Competitions and further afield to South West Area Weekends. My favourite has to be the Dorset YFC Entertainments competition. Please feel free to contact me on any queries you may have I am happy to help, Dorset YFC is like an extended family with some great members.
I joined Young Farmers at the age of 14 and studied agriculture as YTS student at Kingston Maurward College, before taking the NCA and then NDA (Agri Engineering) also at Kingston Maurward. I have been fortunate to have been involved with this amazing organisation ever since in one form or another. As an active member becoming Club, County and SWA Chairman and then NFYFC Development & Training Chairman, before being elected as NFYFC Chairman in 2003. Throughout that time, I have always valued and admired the guidance and experience past members have ‘given back’. I too embraced that YFC tradition and endeavoured to put back in what I can to ensure all members can get as much out of Young Farmers as I have or hopefully even more (I missed the travel part!). I have always been involved in the agricultural sector with links to ruminant nutrition and agricultural machinery supplies and I am truly honoured to have been elected both SWA and Dorset President so I can support the extraordinary young people who make Young Farmers what it is. As President I hope to be able to promote Young Farmers and the amazing educational, developmental and social benefits it offers to all members as well as championing British Agriculture, challenging the public’s concepts and promoting our amazing industry.
County Deputy President
I started Young Farmers Club at a young age, attending with my older brothers. I later took on a variety of roles within the club until becoming Club Chairman. YFC has always been great fun and I have enjoyed competing and taking part in various events and sports, as well as being more involved in the leadership aspects. I am always keen to encourage the younger generation in farming and over the years have supported young people through a wide range of training schemes and apprenticeships, many of whom have since gone on to work in a wide range of roles within agriculture. I have always said my best education for life and my farming career has been YFC and I am honoured to be your County Deputy President.