Rural Leadership Programme success for Gail
7th August 2012
Roger Parry & Partners surveyor and valuer Gail Lewis MRICS FAAV has been selected to join the Rural Leadership Programme, an initiative jointly developed between Farming Connect and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.
First Minister, Carwyn Jones, was at the Royal Welsh Show to name those selected to take part in the new initiative, which was launched alongside the Agri-Academy Business and Innovation Programme. He described the new projects as exciting. "Those selected will embark on an ambitious programme to support and develop them as future agricultural leaders and entrepreneurs," he said.
Gail will visit Brussels in November when the focus will be on developing leadership skills. The group will learn how the European Parliament works and how they can be effective at lobbying.
It will also give the candidates a world-view of the economy. "They will have the chance to talk to attachés from all over the world to gain a grasp of world trade," said John Davies, president of the RWAS.
A two-day course in Cardiff, the home of the Welsh Government, will follow when there will be meetings with Welsh Government representatives and an exchange of ideas with inspirational leaders from a wide range of industries.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for personal development and it will enhance the skills required in my day-to-day work", said Gail.
Professor Wynne Jones, chairman of the Farming Connect Strategic Advisory Board, told the Farmer's Weekly that the calibre of applications had been exceptional. "We think we've found some of the most promising people working in Welsh agriculture today. I expect to see a lot more of these candidates in the future," he said.