MDS is taking part in #AgriLeadershipWeek running from 16th-20th May. The campaign is a collaboration between a range of key organisations within the Agricultural sector, this includes:

  • MDS
  • The Farmers Charitable Trust
  • The Worshipful Company of Farmers
  • Nuffield Farming Scholarships
  • The Institute of Agricultural Management
  • The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

What is #AgriLeadershipWeek?

The campaign has been developed to target current and aspiring leaders. It aims to raise awareness of leadership training opportunities within Agriculture. Currently, less than 35% of UK farmers have any formal management training*. This is despite the fact that a range of Agricultural leadership training programmes have shown a return on investment of 13:1.**

MDS Training

There are a range of training programmes available to current leaders and also aspiring leaders at any career stage. MDS provides management and leadership training to those who are in their early careers OR those who wish to make the jump into management and leadership positions in the industry via a career change. On the MDS grad-scheme or our Leadership and Management Programme, Trainees and Associates have the opportunity to gain a Level 5 Leadership and Management Apprenticeship, accredited by CMI***. On our Operations and Development Programme all Associates will complete a Level 3 Supply Chain Leader Qualification. The training combines management training with a tailored to the food and fresh produce industry that is exclusive to MDS.


There is also a bespoke training course available to all MDS Members. This is accessible via the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy. Currently, 41 Member employees are on the MDS training course, with 11 having successfully completed the programme.

Why is Leadership Training so important?

MDS Chair, Christine Tacon, attended the Beanstalk Global #AgriLeadershipWeek Broadcast. The Broadcast featured representatives from all of the organisations taking part in the campaign. The representatives all shared their experience with leadership training with one common thread, it changes your life.

Christine highlighted the importance of the campaign:

“This is the first time the Leadership training organisations in the farming industry have worked together. I am delighted that MDS is included. We are playing a huge role in training future leaders at the very start of their careers. I would hope that all our alumni have already recognised the importance of keeping that training going.”

“You should never be too busy to get trained, and you don’t have to be a leader to benefit from leadership training.”

How to take part in #AgriLeadershipWeek

Anyone can take part in the campaign simply by investing time into leadership development. If you would like to get involved, share your pledge on how you will make a positive change to improve your leadership skills and share it to #AgriLeadershipWeek to be in the chance of winning a signed book from an industry expert

MDS Alum, Jake Mac Mahon’s #AgriLeadershipWeek video

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*According to data from AHDB

**Independent evaluation of AHDB EFM (Effective Farm Manager) and PMDS (Professional Manager Development Scheme) according

***Chartered Management Institute