New pre-conference event – 16 November 2021

We will be hosting a NEW pre-conference evening event at 19:00 on Tuesday 16th November at which we will hear from our conference charity partner, Farming Community Network (FCN), our conference chair, Angela Booth, and AIC Chief Executive, Robert Sheasby, chaired by Sybil Ruscoe.

This event is free for all conference delegates. You’ll have the ability to virtually network with other attendees, and this is an ideal opportunity to get logged-in to the conference platform and find your way around before the main conference on Wednesday 17th.

Pre-conference event programme

19:00     Welcome to Agribusiness and AIC

A welcome message from Angela Booth, AIC Chairman, Robert Sheasby, AIC Chief Executive, and Sybil Ruscoe, Agribusiness conference chair.

Watch the new AIC animation describing our policy work and sectors

19:10     Meet our conference charity partner, Farming Community Network (FCN)

Hear from Jude McCann, FCN Chief Executive, about the important work that the voluntary organisation and charity does to support farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.

19:25     Watch AIC’s new animation on our Feed & Food Assurance Schemes

19:30     Virtual networking, and a chance to learn how to use the platform to communicate with other delegates before the main conference

19:50     Close

How to attend the pre-conference event?

All delegates will be emailed a link to access the online conference platform, nearer the event date.


Wednesday 17 November
Registration: Networking & Digital Advertising


Opening Address – AIC Chairman

Angela Booth, AIC Chairman

Welcome - Conference Chair

Sybil Ruscoe

Session 1 – AIC's role in the green recovery

Robert Sheasby, Chief Executive, AIC

Session 2 – Managing the “Green Recovery” for the Agri-food supply chain

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra, Victoria Prentis MP

Session 3 – Response to Managing the "Green Recovery"

Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Luke Pollard MP

Discussion Period

Panel discussion with Victoria Prentis MP, Luke Pollard MP, and Robert Sheasby, chaired by Sybil Ruscoe

Break – Networking & Digital Advertising


Session 4 – The Challenge of Change for UK Agriculture - What will the Green Recovery bring?

Professor Sir Dieter Helm, Professor of Economics, Oxford University

Session 5 – Supporting the changing financial landscape of UK agricultural sector

Oliver McEntyre, National Strategy Director, Barclays Agriculture

Session 6 – Investing in an innovation agenda for the Agri-food sector as part of the UK Green Recovery

David Telford, Head of AgriFood, KTN

Discussion Period

Panel discussion with Oliver McEntyre, and David Telford, chaired by Sybil Ruscoe

Break – Networking & Digital Advertising


Session 7 – Meeting commitment to Zero carbon agriculture by 2030

Sophie Throup, Head of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sustainable Sourcing, Wm Morrison

Session 8 – Navigating the legal cannabis industry - will Hemp be the next challenger crop in the agricultural sector?

Robert Jappie, Partner, Life Science & Cannabis Regulation – Ince

Discussion Period

Panel discussion with Sophie Throup and Robert Jappie, chaired by Sybil Ruscoe

Conference Chair

Sybil Ruscoe

Closing Remarks – AIC Chairman

Angela Booth, AIC Chairman

Networking & Digital Advertising


Conference Close