I speak at conferences and industry events all over the world about a subject rarely acknowledged in modern society – the urban/rural divide. A disconnect that can colour the mainstream (predominantly urban) media’s coverage of farming and countryside issues.
I spent two years exploring this phenomenon for my Nuffield Farming Scholarship – a study which took me to the USA, Kenya, Ireland, France and Belgium looking at how agriculture is reported in the mainstream media. I’m ‘half town mouse, half country mouse’, balancing farming roots with a career in the metropolitan media, so I can see the pressures on both sides of the fence.
My research captured people’s imaginations and triggered a massive life change for me. I quit my permanent staff job at the BBC (a VERY scary move) and set up a communications project called Just Farmers, which is working to build bridges between farmers and the media.
I have given talks, keynote speeches and/or chaired conferences/panels/discussions for:
The Food and Land Use Coalition/World Resources Institute, Countryfile Live, New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists, Federated Farmers of New Zealand, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, AnimalhealthEurope, Sentry Farming Conference, Onion and Carrot Conference, Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference, Association of Shows and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) Conference, Farming Connect’s Agri-Academy and Women in Agriculture Forum, National Pig Association, LEAF, National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Royal Agricultural University, Harper Adams University, Trehane Trust, Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust.
If you would like to book me to speak or chair at your event, please email email@example.com
Larry Stomprud, President, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association: “Anna was our keynote speaker for the 2017 South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association convention. Eight months later, I still receive accolades from the attendees of her and her presentation. Although seemingly different with the audience in so many ways, her wit, charm, and message connected with the attendees in a way that many professional speakers only aspire to. I highly recommend Anna for speaking engagements. Be prepared to laugh and be challenged.”
Einir Haf Davies, Development and Mentoring Manager, Farming Connect: “Anna is a fantastic public speaker. Each time I’ve heard her speak she has had the audience completely engaged which is why we’ve invited her back again several times. I know people who have heard her speak more than once on the same topic and would still sit and listen to her again and again. She certainly has the ability to inspire and motivate her audience.”
Ian Pigott, Chairman, Sentry Farming Conference: “Anna spoke at the Sentry Conference in 2017. Her presentation contained everything that a good keynote should; case studies, humour, lessons learnt and a clear, eloquent and absorbing delivery. However it was during ‘questions’ that Anna showed her true flair. She challenged the audience’s (somewhat hardened) preconceptions about the media and when her views were disputed she was able to persuade them to think differently. I would highly recommend Anna as a speaker. She has expertise, gravitas, and an engaging style of delivery….what more could you ask for!”
Georgina Crayford, Technical Manager for Pigs at Red Tractor Food Standards: “Anna has been a guest speaker at a number of events we have organised for members of the pig industry. I can recommend her as a fantastic speaker – her presentations are always well put together, informative, engaging and thought-provoking. Anna is adept at handling challenging questions and proficient at stimulating interesting debate and discussion. Highly recommended!”
Click on the caption below to watch a video of my presentation to the Nuffield Farming Conference. It’s also available on YouTube.