"Updating rural practitioners"

Follifoot, nr.Harrogate, HG3 1JH

1 March, 2019

Generous sponsorship has been provided by:

   Barclays, Banking

Womble Bond Dickinson, Law Firm
   Lycetts, Insurance Brokers
   Saffery Champness, Chartered Accountants

  • Click here for details on how to get to Rudding Park. 

  • Click here for on-line registration.


NOTE:  Admission to the Conference Auditorium will NOT be permitted after 9.05 a.m.
When making travel plans please take into account the Harrogate early morning rush hour.

08:30   Registration and Coffee
09:00   Welcome to conference delegates by Dorothy Fairburn MBE, Director North, CLA
Chairman: Dorothy Fairburn, CLA

09:05  Brexit, the Agricultural Bill and land management - Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Adviser, CAAV

10.05  Rural tax roundup - Sally Appleton, Partner, Saffery Champness
10:35  Questions
10:40  Coffee
Chairman: David Coulson, FRICS, FAAV, Vickers & Barrass
11:10  Legal review - Simon Kirkup, Head of Agriculture, Farms and Estates Team, Womble Bond Dickinson

11:40  Farming, finance and the future - Oliver McEntyre, National Agricultural Strategy Director, Barclays Agriculture

12:00  Is Cutting edge technology the way forward for agriculture? - Richard Williamson, Managing Director, Beeswax Dyson Farming Ltd

12:40 Ask the Panel
13:00  Lunch
Chairman: Geoff Coster, MRICS FAAV, President CAAV

14:15 The health of our woodlands - ash dieback: is it of concern? - Andy Hall, Tree Health Operations Manager, Forestry Commission

14:45  Estate woodland - emerging risks - Richard Wade, Lycetts

15:00  Hard money; Green money

Is the development pound shrinking? - housing policy, land value capture and the landowner

The emerging Green Pound - value in soil, water, natural capital . . . - Jeremy Moody, CAAV

16:00  Questions and Closing Address followed by Tea


The views and opinions expressed are those of the speakers and are put forward for guidance only - anyone proposing to follow them does so at their own risk without firstly clarifying the suitablility of that advice with the speaker or another specialist in that field.

Sally Appleton

Sally Appleton

Sally is a member of the firm’s national Landed Estates Practice and acts for a number of landed estates, advising owners of rural businesses on strategic matters and tax planning involving all financial and business aspects. Her client base includes estates with wide-ranging agricultural, property and commercial interests. She also has considerable experience of supporting family businesses to enable them to develop and grow whilst at the same time dealing with, often complex, succession issues. This portfolio requires a combination of a high level of trust and taxation knowledge as well as key commercial and audit skills. Sally enjoys providing discreet, bespoke advice to her clients in a professional and straightforward way. She lectures regularly on rural business issues.

Andy Hall

Andy Hall

Andy has worked in the forestry industry for over 35 years in both the public and private sectors and is currently Forestry Commission England’s Tree Health (TH) Operations Manager. His role is to ensure that the number and scale of TH infections is reduced to tolerable levels and to work in close collaboration with Forest Research (FR), the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) and Defra policy colleagues on TH issues to support the future direction and prioritisation of Tree Health issues in England.

Simon Kirkup

Simon Kirkup

As head of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Agriculture, Farms and Estates Team, Simon advises individuals, trusts, charities and other landowning organisations in relation to a wide range of legal, commercial and personal issues. He acts as trustee for many significant landowning families and thrives upon finding innovative solutions to the many challenges that the ownership of landed estates presents. Simon also advises private and commercial investors in the acquisition and management of farms and estates – covering sporting, agricultural and commercial aspects. He is identified by both Chambers & Partners’ Guide to the Legal Profession and by The Legal 500, the Clients’ Guide to UK Law Firms as a leading solicitor in the agricultural field.

Oliver McEntyre

Oliver McEntyre

Oliver grew up on a family farm in Lancashire. After 3 years at Myerscough College he spent 10 years managing pig units throughout the north west, then spent 6 years as an independent Farm Business Advisor. In 2006 he joined Barclays as Senior Agricultural Manager for Cumbria and Scotland before being appointed National Agricultural Specialist in 2012. In his current role as Barclays’ National Agricultural Strategy Director, Oliver oversees Barclays’ agricultural strategy and positioning from an industry perspective.

Jeremy Moody

Jeremy Moody

Jeremy has been Secretary and Adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers since 1995 as well as an independent adviser and visiting Professor of Rural Land Management and Policy at the RAU. Long engaged with CAP reform, dealing with Brussels and Whitehall officials and other bodies as well as the many practical issues and questions posed by valuers, farmers and owners, he is now dealing with Brexit issues. He has written and spoken widely on agricultural policy, tenancy law, valuation, taxation and other issues. He is a member of TRIG, the UK Brexit Livestock and Arable Groups, the CLA Taxation Committee, an Assembly Member of The European Group of Valuers Associations, (TEGoVA) and Vice Chairman of the European Valuation Standards Board.


Richard Wade

Richard Wade

Richard is an experienced Risk Manager & Health and Safety Practitioner with over 20 years experience advising a diverse client base in the UK and abroad. He has particular expertise in the agricultural, hospitality and public transport sectors. He holds the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health and is a qualified BSI Lead Auditor for OHSAS 18001 and the new ISO 45001 health and safety management standards. He currently advises a number of farm and country estate clients on risk management and security in England and Wales. He is also the only external health and safety auditor engaged by Arriva Bus UK PLC and conducts high level health and safety audits on their entire UK Bus operations.

Richard Williamson

Richard Williamson

Richard began his career at Velcourt as a management trainee, progressing to Farm Manager and then Farms Director. In 2014 Richard was appointed as Managing Director of Beeswax Dyson Farming Ltd, the family farming company owned by Sir James Dyson. The business is made up of three core areas: farming, property and energy production and operates across Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Beeswax Dyson Farming is a hugely mixed and diverse farming business with a 100-year vision to improve soil structure and enhance crop health. It aims to improve its core assets to deliver sustainable systems and uses technology extensively to ensure that inputs are commercially and environmentally optimised. There is a strong focus within the business on innovation in farming.

The Conference fee of £120.00 plus VAT for RICS/CAAV Members and £85.00 plus VAT for Students and APC Candidates includes coffee on arrival, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and full conference documentation. All registrations will be acknowledged by e-mail wherever possible but please note that your place at the conference cannot be confirmed until payment is received in full. If you do not receive an acceptance e-mail from us please telephone our Cambridge office to ensure we have registered your booking. A receipted invoice will be e-mailed if requested.
Cancellations may be made by telephone but should be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a 25% administrative charge. No refunds can be made by cancellations notified after 20 February 2019 but delegates will receive all conference   documentation. Substitute delegates will be accepted at any time.
The conference may qualify for up to 5 hours CPD.

Pace Projects reserves the right to change the venue and/or the speakers at any time and without prior notice. Pace Projects also reserve the right to cancel the conference, in which case all monies will be refunded in full.

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