Our People

Pamela Fawcett


Pamela was a member of her local club Samlesbury YFC. Over the years she frequently represented her Club, Region, and County in various competitions up to a National Level, and took on responsibilities such as Club Programme Secretary. Pamela was also Secretary of Ribble Valley Region for 3 years and then County Staff Management Secretary for a further 3 years.

Due to her hard work, she was privileged to receive the President’s Award from Alice Bradley. Pamela’s Young Farmers adventure didn’t stop when she turned 26. Since then she has become, and still remains, an active Advisory Member of Samlesbury YFC, as well as being Club President from 1994-1997 and again in 2000-2003. She became LFYFC County President on 8th December 2016.

“I have had a very long and happy association with the Young Farmers’ Movement where I have met some of my closest friends and continue to meet wonderful people in this unique organisation.

"Your club is the most important parts of the federation, and I ask members to see your club as a ‘Haven’. There is no shortage of doom and gloom at the present time. Each one of us needs somewhere to escape to a haven if you will. Use your club and absolutely enjoy your time there and all it has to offer.

"If you think my presence at an event or meeting would help, please get in touch. I cannot promise I will always be able to attend but if I can help in anyway, I will.”

Rob Flaherty
Chairman (2018 - 2019)

I have been a member of Chipping YFC for 12 years and I am really looking forward to the next 12 months as County Chair.

In my time as a young farmer I have taken on just about everything YFC has had to throw at me. I have started as brew secretary at club before moving up through the ranks to become club chair between 2014-2016.

I have since been bowland region chairman for 2018. I have also represented club and county in a range of competitions such as Tug of War, Tractor Handling and stock judging just to name a few.

I feel very privileged to be in the position of county chair and have members views at my core. I am very approachable and always open to new ideas. I hope to meet you all soon!

Amy McWhirter
Vice Chair (2018 - 2019)

I have been a member of Lancashire YFC for over 9 years, starting off in Winmarleigh YFC and then moving to Longridge YFC in the last couple of years.

I am really excited to have become Lancashire YFC's Vice Chairman for the forthcoming year. Over the years I have held several positions at club, regional and county level and have stewarded and attended many competitions and events over the years.

I have been on the Northern Area and the NFYFC committees for the past 4 years and I have also been the NFYFC youth forum chair I am very passionate about my YFC roles and feel privileged to have been given the opportunities I have been given.

If I can play my part in ensuring YFCs continue to provide fun, learning and support for future generations, then I will will be very proud. I have made some life-long friends through YFC and my aim is to make sure my children and grandchildren are given the chance to enjoy the same federation as I do today. I am really looking forward to my year as vice chairman and hope to see you and your members soon!

Steven Crane
Competitions Committee Chairman


Mick Handley
Competitions Committee Secretary

I have been a member of Young Farmers for 14 years, mostly at Slaidburn, with the exception of two years at Alnwick, Northumberland. 

Young farmers is full of a wide variety of competitions - which I have entered the majority of over the years. I’ve enjoyed competing at all levels, including representing Lancashire at both Northern area and National in stockjudging, and cookery.

I would advise members to get involved wherever you can, as its a great way to meet new friends and improve your skills, whilst at the same time having a good laugh.

At club level I’ve held a variety of roles from program secretary, treasurer, chairman and club secretary. Currently I am Bowland Regions vice chairman. 

 I agreed to be the competitions secretary as I have a good understanding of the mix of competitions that are held throughout the year, and wish to see them continue.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Harry Sailsbury
Social Committee Chairman

I first joined Winmarleigh YFC at the age of 13 and have since been involved with many different aspects. I took my first role of program secretary shortly after returning from college and have since had many roles at club level including being Club Chairman. I also carried the role of Wyre lune region chairman in 2017 and then also regional secretary the following year. I am currently in my forth year as a representative of LFYFCs social and fundraising committee and my second as chairman. During this time, I have been involved with many fundraising and social events. These events are extremely important to our federation which requires a considerable amount of money to run. These exciting evets also help draw in new members. If you would like to get involved with the social and fundraising committee or any of our events please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Abigail Stansfield
Social Committee Secretary

Leo Bolton

Training Committee Chairman

I have been attending club meetings for a number of years now, however over the past three years my involvement has increased massively. I have held a number of roles within club, first of all being vice chairman last year and then this year being treasure and club leader. This has seen me getting involved in all aspects of helping run the club.

My involvement has also increased at a regional and county level, this year taking on the role of regional chairman. I was the training committee chairman last year and I am pleased to be continuing the role this year. I am also enjoying being on Northern Area committee, it gives a really good insight to what is going on all the way through YFC.

I am looking forward to continuing my role as training committee chairman for the next twelve months and welcome anyone’s inputs and ideas.


Janie Hodge
Training Committee Secretary

I have been an active member of Lancashire YFC since 2009 when I joined my local club Parbold at the age of 11.

I am looking forward to being the secretary of the Lancashire training committee and feel it is a nice progression as I have only previously held roles within club. I have been club secretary twice and now hold the roles of social secretary and program secretary and club leader at club level. I have also been on the regional and county committees for the past 3 years, this year adding the northern area committee to my list of meetings to attend. This is an opportunity that I relish as I feel very strongly about protecting the future of Young Farmers.

I am very passionate about all things young farmers, always keen to enter competitions and help out in any way I can. I look forward to meeting more Lancashire Members over the next twelve months as a part of my role as the training committee secretary.

Hazel Stansfield
Press Secretary

Carol Baird
County Administrator

As County Administrator, Carol provides support to members, clubs, elected officers and supporters, ensures the county office runs effectively and supports the development of the Federation for the future. Carol enjoys the variety of the role and a typical day could include dealing with enquiries from clubs, managing finances, updating the website and social media, taking room bookings, or helping members to organise a county competition or event.

Carol grew up in Glasgow but has lived around the UK in Leicester, Hull, Newcastle, London and Knutsford. She went to school in Clitheroe from 11-18yrs before moving round the country with various jobs in marketing, production, and event management.

Carol has lived in Clitheroe for twenty years but left the area for fifteen years to get married and have three children. She came back to Clitheroe in 2003. Carol joined LFYFC in November 2015 following roles in Home-Start, a family charity for several years. Her hobbies include drama, reading, DIY and decorating.  Carol has a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Social History.

You can contact Carol at the county office on 01200 426335 or via county.office@lfyfc.org.uk.