Meet the 2017 finalists
The seven finalists of our Senior Member of the Year competition, sponsored by Tama Farm Grown Solutions, will take part in private interviews with our panel of judges as well as stage interviews during the Performing Arts finals. The winner will be declared on Sunday during the Annual General Meeting and will be presented with their award. Find out more about the seven finalists in this year's competition.
Name: Katy Kirkham
Club: Norton and Gaulby, Leicestershire
What I love about YFC: Pretty much everything! Young Farmers has given me so many fantastic opportunities to date; from a four week homestay exchange to Austria to being invited to afternoon tea with The Queen, but most importantly having the confidence to speak to a room full of people and actually enjoy it! I have so many wonderful friendships nationwide and memories that will last a lifetime all thanks to YFC. I cannot shout about the organisation enough, and will be forever thankful for the skills and experiences I have gained over the last 10 years!
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: YFC is a massive part of my life. My commitment and dedication to Leicestershire & Rutland FYFC is the reason why I should be NFYFC’s Senior Member of the Year. As County Chairman I have successfully nurtured LFYFC’s Youth Forum to ensure that members aged 18 and under have their input on how YFC should operate – something I am incredibly proud of! Everything I have learnt along my 10 year YFC journey links to NFYFC’s ethos of fun, learning and achievement. I want to encourage members to learn, achieve and develop their skills in the fun way that I have.
Name: Rachel Gilder
Club: Upton upon Severn YFC
What I love about YFC: The ability to gain so many skills of such a wide variety. Whether it’s your own personal development and confidence building, or skills required for work, this organisation has so much to offer everyone.
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: To be competing in this final is an absolute privilege, and to win really would prove the more you put in the more you get out! I have given my all to YFC in the 11 years of membership and owe a lifetime of friendships, a career, skills and passion for an organisation that focuses on the rural community. NFYFC has so much influence on the future of the agricultural and rural industries during a challenging time. Looking to the future, I want to be an ambassador for YFC, giving back what it has given to me.
Name: Adam Churchman
Club: Henley YFC
What I love about YFC: It's hard to nail down my favourite aspect of YFC as I love every aspect. It has enabled me to meet new people from a different way of life and make friends for life. I get to try new things every week that I never thought I would do – such as playing glow in the dark football with 60 other Young Farmers! It's helped me to develop into a more rounded person, which in turn has helped my working life as well.
Why do I think I should win Senior Member of the Year: As I am not from a farming background, I am a true example that ‘you don't have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer.’ I'm incredibly proud to have been elected Oxfordshire County Chairman this year. I've used my position within the County to build stronger links between the clubs ¬– really pushing the opportunities available to all members and encouraging a strong uptake from my fellow membership. I want Oxfordshire members to be as proud of their County as I am and by hopefully winning Senior Member of the Year it will inspire a new generation within Oxfordshire to get involved whilst having fun!
Name: Alice Singleton
Club: Samlesbury and District Young Farmers Club
What I love about YFC: The support from fellow members and the sense of camaraderie which leads to life-long friendships
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: I believe I should win Senior Member of the Year because no job is too big or too small for me - I dedicate my time to support my members. Through my work with social media in LFYFC I have helped to promote our Federation and increase membership within the county and my own club. This in turn has made our county stronger ensuring our Federation is around for many years to come. YFC changed my life and has always been there for me; to say I wouldn't be the person I am without it would be a huge understatement.
Name: Alice Redman
Club: Silsoe YFC
What I love about YFC: I love the opportunities that YFC provides – not only is it a very social organisation there is also chances to travel and learn new skills
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: I have been a member for almost 14 years, in this time I have participated in many competitions, helped to organise events both at club, county and area to ensure the longevity of the organisation and to help keep other members active.
At club level I am continually supporting members to be as active as they can, because I think YFC provides fantastic opportunities and I believe that the more you put in the more you get back.
Name: Carys Ann Thomas
Club: Cwmann YFC, Carmarthenshire
What I love about YFC: I love the fact that YFC has so much to offer young people. The opportunities are endless: from the competitions; the development of skills; the strengthening of rural networks; to the friendships which are made both in and between clubs and federations. There is no other organisation like it. What's not to love? NFYFC supports young people to develop into confident individuals. Its impact on the lives of individuals ripples out to the wider community making the true impact of YFC difficult to measure. Personally, I am grateful to YFC for everything I have gained over the last 13 years as a member and officer. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without YFC!
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: I’m extremely passionate about the Federation and its work. I'm always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that members get the best representation possible and make the most of all opportunities. Reflecting on the experiences I've gained I’m determined to be forward-thinking to ensure that future members are given the same opportunities as I have been given. I’m privileged to input into our movement and want to ensure that it continues to develop and evolve. I'm always ready to give anything new a go - be it an officer role, trying different competitions or gaining new skills.
Name: Claire Bellew
Club: Withleigh, Devon
What I love about YFC: The amazing like-minded people you meet and the opportunities unrivalled by anything else. I have friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime!
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year: I feel the Senior Member of the Year is a member involved in every aspect of YFC and a true ambassador of the Federation. Throughout my time in YFC I have gained so much from getting involved in the whole YFC programme. Through my club, group and county officer roles I actively share my experiences and knowledge to encourage all current and potential members to get involved in the fantastic opportunities available. I also showcase to the general public what amazing things Young Farmers do.