Now more than ever, it’s vital for farmers and food and drink businesses to work together more effectively - all of SAOS’s work centres on facilitating this.
As a development organisation, owned by our members, we provide a range of specialist services not available elsewhere, to assist them in developing their people and their businesses. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.
24 October 2023
24 and 31 October, 10:00am - 12:00pm
a two session online workshop
Having successfully delivered this workshop in-person for many years, we have now redesigned it as a two-part online session to help reach and support as many people as possible.
Role of the Chairperson
The chairperson’s role is different from other directors. Ultimately, they lead the board and are responsible for its governance and strategic effectiveness. They are also the primary link with senior management to ensure that the co-op delivers on its obligations to members, staff, creditors, and the wider community in both communications and performance.
Who should attend?
These workshops are intended for both chairs and vice-chairs who are looking to strengthen their understanding of best practice to be a successful chairperson. We want to ensure that our co-op chairs have the tools required to be confident in their approach to preserving the co-operative values whilst building ambition amongst the board and executive team, so that your own co-op remains relevant to members into the future.
There will be a mix of briefings and discussions that address the chairperson role and responsibilities, the behavioural dynamics of the board, and the skills required to be an effective chairperson. The art of leading a board and chairing a meeting is often left to chance or learned through time and observation but here we will outline obligations and consider the finer art of supporting people in driving a strategy for success.
On completion of this module, participants will be able to:
The sessions will be delivered by SAOS's Head of Co-op Development, Robert Logan, SAOS's Co-op Development Director, Jim Booth and our guest speaker Andy Peddie from Tayforth Machinery Ring.
Robert has 18 years producer-extension and consultancy experience having travelled and worked across the UK, Europe, USA, and Australia. He has been with SAOS for some four years and now leads delivery of SAOS’ co-op governance and development services. Our focus being on producer co-operative board governance, training, and member engagement programmes, and to help drive data and sustainability projects. Robert is part of several leadership groups and is currently company secretary for three of our member producer co-operatives. Prior to joining SAOS, he was most recently Senior Business and Livestock Consultant at SAC Consulting, being FAS Animal Health and Welfare delivery lead, and editor and major contributor to technical and business publications. This role also entailed large retailer led and industry stakeholder initiatives, producer group facilitation, benchmarking, business strategy and budgeting.
As Co-op Development Director, Jim has a wealth of experience working alongside our co-op members and their boards. He delivers SAOS’ governance and consultancy services so sees board practices first hand. He can bring practical examples from co-op and other boards to the workshop. Jim brings over 35-years of consultancy experience of working with farmers both in the UK and Overseas. He has expert knowledge on board governance and the role and importance of an effective chairperson. He is a qualified trainer with many years experience of delivering training to farmers, farmer directors and co-op managers on a range of business topics. He holds an MSc in Supply Chain Management, MBA, and a BSc in Agriculture.
Andy hails from the East Neuk of Fife and has lived and worked there all his life.He and his family run a farm at Cornceres with 200ha of combinable crops and also run Silverdyke Park, a diversification project, which has 120 static holiday homes and 31 tourer spaces. He studied at the East of Scotland College of Agriculture leaving with an HND in Agriculture in 1979 and was a keen member of the young farmers movement working his way up through club and regional hierarchies to become national Chairperson of SAYFC in 1989. More recently he rejoined the board of SAYFC becoming Hon President in 2018. He has held positions in a range of agricultural bodies including board positions in NFUS, where he was Chair of the Pig and Poultry Working Group for eight years, and QMS. He served on the board of SAOS for 14 years becoming Chairperson in 2012 and is a board member of Tayforth Machinery Ring having just stepped down as Chairperson. He joined the Board of SRUC in 2020. He has also been Chairperson of his local tourism association and is currently Chair of the local community council and a member of the East Neuk Emergency Planning Team. He was appointed an Associate of the Fellowship of Royal Agricultural Societies in 2017.
SAOS members - £150 + VAT, non-members £200 + VAT
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