Changing the Narrative – Future Farmers GYS Breakfast Meeting 2024

Join Future Farmers of Yorkshire for our flagship event of the year at the 165th Great Yorkshire Show.

Future Farmers GYS Breakfast Meeting, kindly sponsored by Armstrong Watson Accountants, Business and Financial Advisers, AHDB and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, opens at 7.45am on Wednesday 10th July 2024.

Following a free breakfast and a chance for some early show-day networking, we settle down to hear from an excellent panel of speakers. Scroll down the page for details of this year’s high-profile line-up.

Expect positive takeaway messages to inspire your own farm business direction as we explore the topic, ‘Changing the Farming Narrative: Delivering More Than Just Food…’.

*Please note: This event is free of charge, however, either a valid show ticket or YAS membership is required to gain admission to the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Breakfast Meeting Line Up

Professor John Gilliland OBE

John is a willow and livestock farmer from Northern Ireland, whose farm has independently been verified to be ‘Beyond’ Net Zero.

John is a special advisor to the UK’s Agriculture Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Professor of Practice in Agriculture and Sustainability at Queen’s University Belfast.

He also chairs the innovative EIP-Agri funded, farmer-led carbon farming project, ARC Zero.

John’s previous high-profile roles have included President of the Ulster Farmers Union and member of the EU Commission’s Soil Mission Board.

Molly Biddell

Molly is Head of Natural Capital at Knepp Estate in West Sussex.

She also works part time for her family’s diversified farming business in Surrey, and she is passionate about the future of regenerative food systems and nature-based solutions.

Molly is a columnist for Farmers Weekly and an Ambassador for LEAF Open Farm Sunday and loves connecting people to the countryside.

Previously, she worked in the rural research team at Savills. Molly grew up on a farming business before studying geography at the University of Cambridge.

Joe Stanley

Joe is Head of Sustainable Farming at the GWCT’s Allerton Project, a 320-hectare research and demonstration farm on the Leicestershire/Rutland border.

He is an active member of the National Farmers Union, currently serving as county chair of Leicestershire, Northants and Rutland, and sitting on their national Environment Forum.

Joe regularly appears in the media as a commentator in support of British food and farming, and in 2021 published his debut book, Farm to Fork: The Challenge of Sustainable Farming in 21st Century Britain.

Andrew Robinson – Chair

Andrew is Accounting Partner and Head of Agriculture and Farming at Armstrong Watson Accountants, Business and Financial Advisers.

A farmer’s son born and bred on a large Hill farm in North Cumbria, Andrew still regularly works on a friend’s farm to keep his hand in. This gives him a great insight into the issues affecting farmers in their businesses and helps him back in the workplace.

Andrew studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and after qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1996 has concentrated on looking after and advising farming businesses and landed estates.

He moved to Hexham in 1998 and now looks after agricultural businesses across the North of England and the borders from the Hexham office, using his years of experience and day to day knowledge to help his clients.

A word from our headline sponsor: Armstrong Watson

Future Farmers is grateful to Armstrong Watson Accountants, Business and Financial Advisers as headline sponsors of our Breakfast Meeting at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.

Andrew Robinson, Accounting Partner and Head of Agriculture & Farming at Armstrong Watson:

We’re delighted to be supporting the 2024 Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s flagship event of the year at the Great Yorkshire Show.

As a firm, we understand how important it is to contribute to our future farmers, helping towards the excellent professional support the Yorkshire Agricultural Society offers to farmers and other agricultural professionals working in the industry and allied sectors.

Armstrong Watson acts for around 3,000 farming businesses. We know and understand the unprecedented challenges they are facing – from Brexit to economic shifts and volatile commodity prices.

Our agricultural team, many of whom come from farming families themselves, are ideally positioned to help you navigate these complexities, we look forward to contributing to a positive dialogue about the opportunities that lie ahead at the Future Farmers Breakfast Meeting.

Where and when

The Future Farmers of Yorkshire Breakfast Meeting at the Great Yorkshire Show takes place on Wednesday 10th July at the Vertu Motors GYS Stage, near Grey Gate.

Breakfast rolls, coffee and networking will be on offer from 7.45am, with the panel discussion kicking off from 8.15am to 9.15am.

Please register your place for catering purposes.

*Please note: This event is free of charge, however, either a valid show ticket or YAS membership is required to gain admission to the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Kind thanks to our Breakfast Meeting sponsors


Future Farmers of Yorkshire was launched in 2010 to bring together like-minded farmers, vets and industry supporters.

Since then the group has been joined by over 1,000 forward-thinking members, eager to expand their knowledge and excel in their careers. We support them by providing a platform for debate and the sharing of ideas.

The group is supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and is open to everyone within the industry. Members are from a range of sectors and enterprise sizes, with a mix of tenants, owner-occupiers, managers and employees.

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Blair Wallace