Make your mark in the industry, become a Director of the Oxford Farming Conference

OFC 2019

The OFC is seeking three new directors for a three year-term for the 2021-23 conferences. The positions are wholly honorary. 

Download the application form in PDF (editable file) or word format.  

To find out more about what being a director entails, read our latest blog with OFC 2020 Chairman Matthew Naylor.


About OFC 

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is a charity and a limited company. The OFC's Patron is the HRH Princess Royal. The conference itself, which runs in early January every year, has become ever more high-profile within the farming industry, but more importantly to wider audiences and stakeholders. The OFC's mission is to 'Inform, Challenge and Inspire'.

The conference is designed and run by the OFC Council, a secretariat team and a marketing professional agency.  

The OFC Council is made up of 10 voluntary Directors, one of whom is the treasurer. With the exception of the treasurer, each director serves a three-year term. The make-up of the Council therefore changes every year, with three new directors joining and three retiring. Its members are drawn from a range of agricultural, agri-business, land management and food industry areas. Click here to view the current Directors.  

The chairmanship of the OFC changes each year too, with the Chairman being chosen by the Council from among the three directors serving their third year. 

The annual report and accounts can be downloaded here.

The OFC is a charity with a remit to educate and transfer knowledge in the agricultural sector. As part of our charitable undertakings, the OFC supports young people to attend the conference and seeks to develop emerging leaders.


The requirements of an OFC Director

We are now inviting applications for joining the Council for the 2021-2023 conferences; applicants MUST have attended the conference in the past for their application to be considered. The positions are wholly honorary but reasonable expenses are reimbursed.
Those selected as members will be invited to attend one Council meeting in November 2019 and one teleconference in December 2019 (prior to formal appointment) and will then be expected to attend approximately eight Council meetings each year (some are teleconference meetings) and the Oxford Farming Conference itself for their three-year term in office. Heavy use of IT is made (documents are shared through Dropbox, for example). 

In addition to meetings, the time commitment expected of directors is expected to be 1-2 days per month, perhaps more depending on particular responsibilities taken on. The time commitment of the Chairman is considerably greater. 
Successful candidates will be expected to attend the 2020 Conference (7-9 January 2020). Reasonable accommodation and travel expenses will be paid.



The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 19 April 2019

All candidates will be notified about the shortlist by Fri 03 May 2019

Interviews will be held on: 

Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Peterbrough area)

Thursday 23rd May 2019 (AM only, Spalding area)



More details about the Council can be obtained from the Secretary on 0845 6520 945 or email