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Co-options to NFYFC Steering Groups and Council

NFYFC Steering Groups

To help deliver NFYFC’s work effectively, the NFYFC Council has appointed Steering Groups, which represent five specialist areas of the Federation. They are responsible for reporting their ideas, policies and plans to the NFYFC Council for approval. Members are elected to positions on each Steering Group and are ambassadors for NFYFC. 

The five Steering Groups where YFC members have representation at a national level are:

  • Agriculture and Rural Issues – giving members a voice on rural issues
  • Competitions – developing and delivering national competitions
  • Events and Marketing – suggesting new events and helping to shape existing ones
  • Personal Development – promoting and developing training, youthwork and the YFC Travel programme
  • Youth Forum – representing the views of the younger members of the Federation

Each Area Committee and Wales FYFC elect two council members (from County Federations within their respective Area/Wales) to each of the Steering Groups. Different criteria are used for the Youth Forum (which is outlined in the Youth Forum’s Terms of Reference).

Co-options to NFYFC’s Steering Groups

Each Steering Group offers 3 additional co-option places.  These places are for those with specific expertise, knowledge or experience that will help and support the Steering Group to achieve its goals.  Co-option places can be applied for by current YFC members, associate members or individuals (non-YFC members) with special knowledge of a topic that will support the steering group and its work.  All co-opted people, whether a YFC member or not, will add value and expertise to Steering Group.  Each Steering Group seeks individuals with different skills/experience.

The Agriculture and Rural Issues Steering Group is seeking applicants who have an active working knowledge of, or particular interest in, farming and rural industries, agricultural and rural allied industries, education or policy.  For further information please contact Sarah Palmer  024 7685 7213.

The Competitions Steering Group is seeking applicants who have skills in at least one of the following areas - sports, farm skills, stockjudging and speaking.  For further information please contact Margaret Bennett 024 7685 7216.

The Events and Marketing Steering Group is seeking applicants who are experienced marketeers, skilled event managers, social and/or printed media experts. For further information please contact Erica Attwood  024 76857 216.

The Personal Development Steering Group is seeking applicants who have knowledge of either youthwork, travel or training.  For further information please contact Cath Sykes 024 7685 7220.

The Youth Forum is looking for members aged 10-20 who are interested in ensuring that YFC offers exciting opportunities for the younger members in terms of the competitions, events and projects they can access within the organisation. They work with the other four NFYFC Steering Groups and Council to ensure that members aged 10-20 have a voice. For further information please contact Jodie Green 024 7685 7222

Co-option on to a Steering Group does not mean that you have been co-opted on to the NFYFC Council.  This is a difference process.

Co-options to NFYFC Counci

Council members are able co-opt a maximum of 16 people to the NFYFC Council. These co-option places are open to both individuals and organisations (up to 10 places) that can offer expertise, knowledge and experience to support the NFYFC Council to make informed decisions.

Representatives from external organisations are co-opted for a term not exceeding three years. After 3 years they are eligible for co-option for a further term or terms.

At its meeting in February 2018, the following organisations were elected as co-options to the NFYFC Council:

  • National Farmers Union (NFU)
  • Farm Community Network (FCN)
  • British Youth Council (BYC)
  • Rural Youth Europe (RYE)
  • Linking Environment & Farming (LEAF) 
  • Farming & Countryside Education (FACE)

Individuals are co-opted for a one-year term and be co-opted for a maximum of 3 terms (i.e 3-years).  The following were elected at the Council meeting held in February 2018:

  • Rachel Benny – Cornwall FYFC
  • Thomas Oatey – Cornwall FYFC
  • Laura Sumner – Lancashire FYFC
  • Rachel Parker – Lancashire FYFC
  • Kate Wainwright – Derbyshire FYFC
  • Edward Bentley -Yorkshire
  • Claire Worden – Cornwall FYFC
  • Kate Eddington – Gloucestershire FYFC
  • Sioned Edwards – Ynys Mon
  • Luke Crossman  - Warwickshire


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