Cultivating Leaders

Cultivating Leaders

SAYFC’s Cultivating Leaders programme is about to recruit for its ninth session which will take place over the winter of 2023/24.

The programme has been a huge success for the Association and the individuals who have taken part.

Applications for this session are NOW OPEN!.

Applications Open Now
Hamish Logan, East Lothian

“Cultivating Leaders is an amazing opportunity to meet other like minded Young farmers that are looking to increase their confidence, leadership skills and business knowledge. It is an amazing course to be part of and you learn so much for future both in business and personally. I would highly recommend anybody to attend this course in future years!”


Lucy McClymont, Lower Nithsdale

“Cultivating leaders allowed me to push myself out my comfort zone. The variety of topics covered allowed us to learn more about business and financial skills. Overall, the course developed my confidence, skills and allowed me to meet likeminded people. I highly recommend this course to other SAYFC members!”


Louise Paterson, Lower Nithsdale

Cultivating Leaders stimulates your mind to think differently and gives you the opportunity to learn valuable skills for the future, personally and for business. I would definitely recommend my fellow SAYFC members take up the opportunity!

Programme Content:

  • Leadership– what is it and have you got the qualities?
  • Vision & goals– where do you want to be and where are you now?
  • Succession– Are you in the position to be able to make the decisions that you need to make, have you a difficult conversation to have?
  • Business – Cash flows, accounts, budgets, understanding the market place
  • Practical – Actually filling out a farm business tenancy application – completing a bank loan application – drawing up a business plan to present to partners and the bank manager
  • Conclusion – Are you a leader?
  • Farm/Industry Visit – a mixture of farm visit where they will see “leadership” in action.


This amazing opportunity is only open to SAYFC members, and there are just 16 places available per programme.  Applicants MUST be able to commit to all of the six days.


This programme is free to SAYFC members but if you do not attend one of the sessions and do not have a legitimate reason for absence you will be charged for the costs occurred during those dates.


The programme will be released nearer the date.

Deadline:   31 July 2023

For more information please contact Penny

Applications Open Now