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The annual IAgSA National Conference is a highlight in our calendar

It's an excellent opportunity for members to meet like-minded people, get more involved within our industry and look to the future.  Every member is very welcome. The National Conference normally takes place over a weekend. It includes workshops and presentations by industry experts; a farm/industry related visit; Gala Dinner and the Annual General Meeting to close.  The weekend also allows for time to network and to catch up with old friends and socialise.

The 2018 National Conference will be hosted by our North Wales Branch and will be held at Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen, Pwllheli, North Wales, LL53 6NL from 9th - 11th March 2018.

2017 IAgSA National Conference

Our special 50th Anniversary Conference was sold out early and had a record attendance of 120 weekend delegates and 47 extra day delegates on the Saturday.  During the AGM two Council Members were presented with Fellowships for their work.  Christine Thompson for her achievement in setting up the Mentoring and Associate package we now offer new entrants and Ros Foreman for her support and work involved in the new website.  We thank them and all Council members for their work in the year that Council hosted Conference. Please click here to see a report and photos from our Norfolk Branch of their Conference experience.

IAgSA Members can click here to view and download a selection of the Speaker and Workshop presentations from the weekend.

2016 IAgSA National Conference

Our small Chilterns team are very grateful to the many sponsors and supporters who helped to make the 2016 Conference weekend possible including our very able Conference Chairman; Julian Sayers of Adkin who kept us on track. 

We had an array of speakers who explained how we should prepare ourselves for unexpected situations such as death of a business partner (Jane Maitland of Henmans Freeth solicitors), preparation of your accounting affairs to leave all in order to the beneficiaries (Helen King of Ellacotts), how to avoid bank and cyber fraud (Ashok Patel of Barclays Bank) and what to expect if you are picked for an RPA inspection (Gemma Bust, RPA). 

Our industry partners Farmplan, Landmark, McClarrons and Sum-It provided us with workshops on their specialist subjects during the afternoon session. 

Our drinks reception was held in the remarkable grand hall at Heythrop Hall and was kindly sponsored by Henmans Freeth.  Our Gala dinner was part supported by very generous donations from ICB and McClarrons rounded off by a brain-teaser puzzle provided by Farmplan who gave out several prizes to the winners. 

Sir James Paice (our Patron) gave us a few comments on BREXIT and the many unknowns.  Caroline Drummond of LEAF provided some very stark facts on the sustainability of world food and the links to our industry and John Carter from RPA stepped in to deputise for Mark Grimshaw to give us the latest position with RPA and BPS. 

Roger Davies was also around all weekend to give practical help on the BPS 2016 online process. 

Most of the presentations are available here on our website in the Members' Library in Past Event Papers.

2015 IAgSA National Conference

The 2015 IAgSA National Conference took place at the The Palace Hotel, Buxton in Derbyshire on 6th - 8th March. Kindly hosted and organised by IAgSA Derbyshire Branch Members: Sally Wood, Fiona Hadfield, Lesley Williamsons, Liz Jackson & Rebecca Cook.

2014 IAgSA National Conference

The 45th IAgSA National Conference was organised by Ann Davies and Jerilynn Emms of the Wiltshire Branch and took place on 7th - 9th March 2014 at the Farncombe Conference Centre, Farncombe Estate, near Broadway, Worcestershire.  We would like to thank everyone who made the 2014 Conference a success including:

Agrovista  - www.agrovista.co.uk AMC  - www.amconline.co.uk Bidwells - www.bidwells.co.uk CarverKnowles  - www.carverknowles.co.uk Charles Martell  - www.charlesmartell.com Cotswold Gold  - www.cotswoldgold.co.uk Crowthers  - www.crowther.co.uk Farmade  - www.farmade.com Farmplan  - www.farmplan.co.uk Hazlewoods  - www.hazlewoods.co.uk ICB  - www.bookkeepers.org.uk
Landmark - www.landmarksystems.co.uk Little Soap Company -  www.littlesoapcompany.co.uk McClarrons  - www.mcclarroninsurance.com NFU Mutual -  www.nfumutual.co.uk Old Farm Dorn  - www.oldfarmdorn.co.uk R & L Holt  - www.randlholt.co.uk Simply Seasonal  - www.simplyseasonal.co.uk Smiths Gore  - www.smithsgore.co.uk Sum-It  - www.sum-it.co.uk Tracy Solis Trust - www.tracysollistrust.org Wychavon District Council - www.wychavon.gov.uk
Photos from the conference

2013 IAgSA National Conference

"Food for Thought"

The 44th IAgSA National Conference "Food for Thought" took place on 8th - 10th March 2013 at the Royal York Hotel in York.  First generation farmers were among a number of high calibre speakers who addressed the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators’ (IAgSA) 44th Annual Conference held in York over the weekend.  Their tales of determination to succeed, inspired members with a positive attitude to what is possible, both in personal and work life.  Howard Petch CBE, chaired the conference with his clever ability to entertain whilst conveying a serious message on the challenges ahead for feeding the world.  Amongst the other speakers, we heard from Martin Redfearn of Barclays Agriculture and IAgSA Patron; The Right Honourable Sir Jim Paice MP.  Local farm and rural administrator; Christine Thompson and her team pulled out all the stops to create a thought provoking and enjoyable weekend.

Trace Wright of Tumby Woodside in Lincolnshire beat 11 other finalists to win the Elizabeth Roe Award for best Continual Professional Development submission in 2012.  The judges were impressed with the high standard of all the entries.

Both Tim Cartwright and Cathy Meredith were awarded a Fellowship for their services to IAgSA, this was especially given in recognition of their efforts in helping to produce the Farm Office Handbook and bespoke IAgSA Farm Accounting and Business Administration Training Programme. 

2012 IAgSA National Conference

The 43rd IAgSA National Conference "2012 and beyond - moving forward"  was hosted by the IAgSA Shropshire Branch on 9, 10 & 11 March 2012 at the Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa, Albrighton, Shrewsbury.

Friday 9th March 2012 1.00pm Registration and Trade Stands available until 6.30 2.00pm Workshops, Farmplan /Sum-IT / NVZ’s with ADAS 3.00pm Workshops, Farmade /Landmark / Social Media with Jan Minihame 4.00pm Tea 4.30pm CAP reform - Alun Williams of RPA 5.15pm Money Laundering Regulations - Garry Carter of ICB 6.00pm Members Branch Forum 7.30pm Supper 8.30pm Help for Heroes - Ian Sawers
Saturday 10th March 2012 8.30am Registration and Trade Stands available until 6.30pm 8.55am Chairman’s Welcome, Simon Latter NFU Shrewsbury 9.00am New pensions scheme - Andrew Gardner, HSBC 9.45am Financing the future - Craig Sigley, Barclays Bank 11.00am Fit for purpose - Rachel Kili Physiotherapy 11.30am Economic future of Rural Britain - Dr Barry Florey, Harper Adams University College 12.00am Rescuing Fordhall - Charlotte Hollins 12.30pm Lunch 1.30pm Visits to Albrighton Estate / Fordhall / Adventure Activities 5.00pm Approx return from visits 7.30pm Evening Reception 8.00pm Dinner & Guest Speaker - Margaret Thrower (daughter of Percy Thrower)
Sunday 11th March 2012 09.30am Question Panel Time with Duncan Montgomery of Whittingham Riddell, Tom Devey of Mfg Solicitors, Andrew Connah of AMC Agricultural Finance 11.00am Coffee Break 11.30am IAgSA Patron’s Rt Hon Jim Paice MP 12.00am Annual General Meeting 1.00pm Conference close