Women in Agriculture

Business and policy leaders gather at RAU to celebrate Women in Agriculture
Alumni and delegates from across the land-based sector met at our Leaders in Food, Farming, Land and Life conference, celebrating 40 years of women at the RAU.
The event was organised by Vice-Chancellor Prof Joanna Price, Ex Governor Teresa Wickham and Debbie Beaton. The event heard from inspirational speakers including Caroline Millar, who diversified her farm in Scotland into a luxury break venue, Sarah Dunning, whose business created Tebay and Gloucester Services, Jane King, CEO of AHDB, and Abi Reader, an RAU alumna and member of the NFU’s Dairy Board.
Teresa Williams, food supply expert chaired a session during which delegates discussed a number of relevant topics such as how to negotiate a fair reward.
NFU President Minette Batters who farms in Wiltshire told the conference about balancing parenthood and her leadership role.
The audience also heard from RAU alumna and paralympic athlete Suzanna Hext who has won medals in both dressage and swimming. She said: “The RAU is more than just a degree. It has helped me through the tough times, held me in good stead, taught me to be independent and dedicated to my work and my sport – more importantly it has taught me to enjoy life and have a good time.”

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