The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) has elected a new officer team and board of management chair to lead the organisation.

Derbyshire young farmer Drew Bailey, who manages a farming enterprise breeding sheep and a suckler herd of native breeds, was elected as the new chair of council.

Bailey has been a vice chair for NFYFC council for the past two years and has also held positions as NFYFC competitions chair, chair of the East Midlands area of YFCs and county chair for Derbyshire county federation of YFCs.

He will be supported in his role by new vice chairs James Nixey from Buckinghamshire and Jessica Rose from Nottinghamshire.

Bailey wants to ensure YFCs are accessible and available to all young people aged 10-28.

During his year in office, he will be actively promoting the inclusive message: ‘YFC is for Everyone’.

Bailey said: “I am excited to be elected as the new chair of NFYFC’s council and I am looking forward to working with the clubs and county federations to help them share the message that ‘YFC is for Everyone’.

“I’m not from a farming background but my passion for the industry has grown by being part of a YFC. It’s true that you don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer.

“I want to ensure that all young people, volunteers and supporters – regardless of their background – feel they are welcome to join YFC and be a member of this amazing organisation.

“Working together with YFCs, I want us to be an organisation where everyone feels like they can belong, which in turn should also encourage more inclusivity in our rural communities and the agricultural industry.”


NFYFC council also elected a new chair of the board of management, Natalie McGinn, following the conclusion of Delme Harries’ term of office.

Natalie McGinn

McGinn, who was a member of Wick YFC in Glamorgan more than 11 years ago, is a business change management and transformation consultant, based in London, with experience of working with companies such as ITV and Pearson.

She is looking forward to supporting the federation to develop a strategic plan.

Chair of NFYFC’s board of management Natalie McGinn said: “I’m delighted to be the new chair of NFYFC’s board of management.

“I can’t wait to work with the officer team and staff, who have got some great ideas. I’m looking forward to driving positive change throughout the organisation with the support of the membership.

“Coming back to YFC has reminded me about the wide range of activities and opportunities that are available for rural young people by being part of a club. I am not from a farming background, and I still gained so much from the organisation.

“Proving you don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer. I wouldn’t be in the career I am today without the experience I gained through YFC.”

The NFYFC council is made up of YFC members, associate members and co-options from across England and Wales and is elected by YFC members to represent their views.

Through steering groups, the NFYFC council also shape the programmes of work at NFYFC – planning events, competitions, projects and training for members.

NFYFC’s five steering groups also elected new chairs:

YFC AGRI: Chair Luke Cox – Wiltshire;

Competitions: Chair William Longmire – Cumbria;

Membership and Marketing: Chair James Nixey – Buckinghamshire;

Personal Development: Chair Megan Bailey – Warwickshire;

Youth Forum: Chair Michael Wilkinson – Nottinghamshire.