Our People

Pamela Fawcett
President

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.”

 

Laura Sumner
Chairman (2016 - 2017)

I’m the typical story of ‘You don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer!’ My Grandparents were dairy farmers but they retired when I was young and so I haven’t been brought up with a traditional farming background, but this hasn’t had an effect on my interest in farming and rural life. I work for One Ash Training Ltd, a family company, providing all kinds of Land Based Training, from Tractor Driving and Chainsaw Use to Pesticide Application and First Aid.

I’ve been a member of Young Farmers since I was 12, attending both Rainford and Parbold over the years, and have thoroughly enjoyed both the social and competitive sides to my membership. I’ve previously held roles as club secretary, club treasurer, club programme secretary, club safeguarding officer, club leader, regional secretary, county competitions committee secretary and treasurer to the 2016 Northern Area Field Day Committee.

I have also been a member of the County Social and Competitions Committees, a club representative to the County Management Committee and I am currently a Northern Area and NFYFC Council Representative. I have recently been elected as the Chair of the Personal Development Steering Group at NFYFC and I am looking forward to working with the rest of the National Officers on the Steering Group’s focus areas of Travel, Training and Youthwork.

I am also a Trainer for Young Farmers and have started delivering the Curve Modules provided by NFYFC to clubs across the county. I am completing the Advanced Train the Trainer course this year and hope that I can work with the newly formed Lancashire Training Committee to improve the training offered to members within our County.

I’ve taken on the role of County Chairman after over 16 years of membership. I hope that during my time as County Chairman I can meet new challenges and help others to take full advantage of their membership, gaining skills through competing, along with meeting friends for life! I have recently completed my degree through the Open University in ICT & Mathematics and so I hope holding the role of Chairman will help to fill in some of the extra time I will have now I don’t need to complete assignments!

Outside of Young Farmers I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, who I met through Young Farmers, and showing his cattle with him, a skill I have gained through meeting him. I now have my own calf, which I was given as a Christmas present, and I hope to take her to some shows this year.

Young Farmers has given me the opportunity to get more involved with agriculture through the people I have met. If you had told me when I first joined that in the future I would help to look after a small herd of cows I wouldn’t have ever believed you, but now I couldn’t imagine my life without them!

In the odd bit of spare time that I get, I am a Leader in Girlguiding and hold the role of Leadership Co-Ordinator for Merseyside County. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

 

 

Rachel Parker
Vice Chair (2016 - 2017)

I have been a member of Vale O' Lune YFC for over 12 years and am really excited to have become Lancashire FYFC's vice chairman.

I have held several positions at club and regional level and have got stuck into most competitions and events where I can!

I am currently on the Competitions and Social committees on behalf of my club and am one of the Northern Area and National representatives for Lancashire.

This past year I have also been lucky to be the Vice Chair for the Competitions steering committee at National, which has been brilliant way to meet new people and see lots of Lancashire members at National competition finals.

I am really looking forward to my year as vice chair and hope to see you and your members soon!
 

Alice Singleton
Press & Social Media Secretary

I couldn't tell you how I landed my role within Lancashire YFC, but all I know is since I joined YFC (again) at the age of 19, I have never looked back.

I am an active member of Samlesbury YFC where I have been for a combined total of about 9 years. I started off, as many did, as a 'brew co-ordinator' which was great until someone discovered I make a terrible cup of tea. Since then I have been the scrap book secretary, club secretary, and am now programme secretary and press and social media...secretary! I have also been social secretary within the Lancashire Federation, before taking on my current role of press & social media secretary.

I enjoy all aspects of Young Farmers and love trying out new avenues and roles within the organisation. I love hearing what people have to say and doing my best to make things better or easier for them within the federation. More than anything though, I love to spread the word of how amazing YFC and in particular the Lancashire Federation is.

You will often see my name appear on Facebook, Twitter, or on various emails, asking you what you have been up to then I can help promote your club and our federation in the best possible way. 

When I am not busy with YFC, I am training to become a qualified journalist, while writing and photographing on a freelance basis for various publiciations and my own little business.

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. We are the future of farming and it's our job to keep things moving.

I am very approachable (I think!) so please come and say hi if you see me and let me know what you are up to. You never know what I might be able to make a story out of!

James Davies
Competitions Committee Chairman

I have been a member of Bury YFC, Pennine Region since the age of 12. After being a member for a short time I took on the role of scrapbook secretary, a role I continued for a couple of years. I then progressed into becoming Treasurer and Vice Chairman of my club, as well as Regional Treasurer.

I have grown up on a family farm with mainly sheep along with a wide range of other animals. We have started to push our farm shop in order to grow the business, as well as educate the local people on farming and where their food comes from.

I love to come to Young Farmers to socialise with others as well as to learn new things. I am passionate about YFC and this has helped me to progress in competitions such as Cycling Proficiency where I got through to National level and came in 6th place. I love to compete so I thought, why not go for the role of Competitions Chairman?!

I am looking forward to the year ahead to introduce some more competitions as well as make them run smoother and quicker. I speak to many people within the county and outside the federation in order to bring in some new ideas and to see how others area run their competitions.

Katy Dutton
Competitions Committee Secretary

I have been a member of YFC for about 5 years now. And I only wish I had found it sooner!

I am very excited for my forthcoming year as Competitions Secretary, however time management is key as my other Young Farmers commitments are: Club Secretary, holding a seat on both South West Regional Committee and County Management Committee. I am a regional representative for the Social and newly formed Training Committees and one of the county representatives for the Northern Area committee. So it's fair to say YFC keeps me busy!

I have made life long friends thanks to Young Farmers; people who I would never have met otherwise, not just from my local area but from all over the county and beyond!

Outside of Young Farmers I work in the offices of a fencing and groundwork contractors.

Chris Cooke
Social Committee Chairman

I have been a member of Chorley YFC for over 10 years now and have held various positions within that time, from Secretary to Chairman. 

In 2014 I took on the role of South West Regional Chairman. I held the position for 2 years, in which time I helped to organise and run the region's first Dinner Dance and, along with the rest of the Regional Committee, organised and ran the 2016 County Rally. In my second year as Regional Chairman I took a seat on the County Social Committee where I helped to organise Spring Fling.

Outside of Young Farmers you will find me at various agricultural shows throughout the summer, showing pedigree Aberdeen Angus Cattle. I also have an interest in stage rallying where I compete at a National B level as a Co-Driver.

I’m looking forward to the new challenges that County Social Chairman will bring. I hope to improve all county social events for the good of the county and all its members.

 

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.