Our People

John Neary

Amy McWhirter
Chairman (2019 - 2020)

Mick Handley
Vice Chair (2019 - 2020) & Competitions Chairman

I have been a member of Young Farmers since 2006 mostly at Slaidburn, with the exception of two years at Alnwick, Northumberland.

Over the years I've enjoyed entering as many competitions as possible, competing at all levels, including representing Lancashire at both Northern area and National in stockjudging, and cookery.I would advise members to make the most of yfc wherever you can, whether its socially or competitions its a great way to meet new friends, network and improve your public speaking, while having a great laugh along the way!
I'm currently Bowland Regional chairman, after holding a number of officer roles at club...I find with YFC, o role always seems to lead to another! Last year I was competitions secretary and have now become competitions chairman. The work on this commitee has got me more involved at county level- as I never would have dreamt that one day I would become County vice chairman.

A role that I'm looking forward to fulfilling over the next 2 years, I hope to encourage members & clubs to grow and get involved with all things young farmers. Its a great organisation to be a part of, as it provides a vast array of opportunities.

Claire Rowlandson
Competitions Committee Secretary

I've been a member of Samlesbury YFC for over 12 years now, and during that time I've taken on lots of different roles - from brew monitor and scrapbook secretary, to Club Secretary, Club Treasurer and most recently Bowland Regional Secretary.

Throughout my time in YFC I've always thought that competitions are one of the best parts about being a member...I've had the chance to learn a variety of different things, from cake decorating to public speaking to trying to change a car wheel as fast as possible! It's a great way to learn new skills, but also meet other young farmers from across region, county, northern area and sometimes even national!

As a committee, we are always looking for new ideas to keep members interested, so if you have any suggestions of competitions which you would like to see, please get in touch


Hazel Stansfield
Press Secretary

I have been an active member of Clitheroe Young Farmers club since 2016. Taking on my first role of Tea monitor I have since held roles at club level doing social media pages, program secretary and now currently holding the role of secretary. Outside of Clitheroe YFC i am Bowland Regions Vice Chairman.

 I am a strong believer of the more you put into young farmers the more you get out of it, I try and participate in every competition that I possibly can! I have competed at Northern and National levels in Situations Vacant, Brainstrust and Stock Judging.

 I look forward to helping Lancashire grow as a federation though the power of social media and our website. Anything you would like posting please do not hesitate to get in contact with myself!