Networking Opportunity for Women in Food and Farming

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Networking Opportunity for Women in Food and Farming

A networking group aimed specifically at women working in the food, agriculture and land-based industries has launched a programme of events for 2019. Founded by Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, and supported by MorePeople, ‘Women in Food and Farming’ are holding a Spring networking evening in London on Wednesday 3rd April.

The group started in 2011 with just five women, and has now grown to over 380 active members with a remit to provide:

- Regular networking opportunities for making new contacts and sharing experiences
- Mentoring and advice to support members and learn from each other
- Presentations from key players in the industry to raise awareness on current topics, promote the sector and aid career development.

As Christine Tacon explains:

“We are a group of professional women involved in food and agriculture, all at various stages in our careers, who get together throughout the year to discuss issues that affect us all, support each other where possible and build up a network of useful contacts.”

“Our network is always open to new members who share our passion for the industry and are keen to network with like-minded women.”

MorePeople specialises in recruitment for the food supply chain and is proud to support the network by managing the membership, organising and facilitating events. Marketing Manager, Claire Smith, explains:

“The Women in Food and Farming group is free to join with a small charge to attend the events. A key motivation for us is to help promote the sectors that we represent and actively encourage others into the industry, whether as a first job role or as a change of career path.”

“The group provides positive role models and helps to highlight the opportunities that exist across what is a very diverse industry. At our Spring networking event, for example, we have the Food & Coffee Director for Pret and Head of Rural Research for Savills lined up to speak, which should create some very interesting discussions.”

The events planned for 2019 are:

- Spring networking evening, Wednesday 3rd April from 6:30 to 9:30pm, Savills Margaret Street, London W1G 0JD (£25 for members, £15 for guests and first-time attendees). For more details and to book a place, visit the Eventbrite page.
- Summer networking dinner, Tuesday 2nd July from 6:30 to 9:30pm, The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL (£50 for members)
- Autumn networking evening, Wednesday 6th November from 6:30 to 9:30pm, venue tbc (£25 for members, £15 for guests and first-time attendees)

For more information about joining the group, please contact Claire Smith on 01780 480530 or email claire@morepeople.co.uk.