Meet the


Edward Dungait

County Chairman

Edward is a member of Tritlington YFC and has been for the past 9 years. He has been Club Chairman and was Club Secretary for three years winning best Club Programme for 2 of those years. He was part of the Tritlington teams that have won the county speaking competitions in 2015, 2016 & 2017.
Edward studied Agriculture at Harper Adams and now works on the arable family farm near Morpeth. Outside Young Farmers he hunts with the Morpeth Hunt as much as possible and enjoys a wide range of other sports.

Gina Tailford

Vice Chairman

Gina is a member of Shaftoe YFC and has been for the last 6/7 years. She has been the Club’s Vice Secretary for 4 years and Secretary for 1 year. Gina’s greatest achievement in Young Farmers is winning Northumberland YFC Party Animal of the Year in 2015, and winning most points for the smallest 50% of the Clubs 2 years running at the County Rally, when she has been in office.
Gina studies Agri-Business Management at Newcastle University and is currently on her placement year. Her hobbies include riding and skiing and in her spare time, she loves seeing friends and family and likes to hunt with the Haydon as much as possible.

Leanne Little

Junior Vice Chairman

Leanne has been a member of Bellingham YFC for 5 years and has been club secretary for 2 years. Her biggest achievements so far while being a member of young farmers is winning the award for the member not previously recognised at the County AGM in 2017 and representing Northumberland Young Farmers at Northern Area level in both speaking and stockjudging competitions in 2018. Leanne is in her final year studying Primary Education at Northumbria University. In her spare time she hunts with the North Tyne and is secretary for the hunt supporters club. In the summer she helps with Bellingham Show and is assistant secretary on the show committee.

I am currently studying Primary Education at Northumbria University and in my last year. In my spare time I hunt with the North Tyne as well as being the secretary for the hunt supporters club. In the summer i help with Bellingham Show being part of the committee and assistant secretary.

Lesley Grieve


Lesley joined Cambo YFC when she was 14 years old and by the age of 16 was Club Treasurer. She then became Secretary and Chairperson in quick succession. She helped Cambo become a large and popular Club drawing members from a wide area. Lesley has taken part in nearly all competitions and has represented Northumberland at area and national level in Hockey, Debating, Brainstrust and Industrial competitions. In 1983 Lesley travelled to America with the National YFC Travel Programme, winning the under 21 scholarship. Lesley was hosted by farming families in North Carolina where she picked tobacco and cotton for some 5 months and then travelled around Canada. She was County Competitions Secretary and Northern Area Chairperson. Lesley has been Cambo Club Leader, Advisor and President (Twice) and recently has produced their Entertainments, Drama and Pantomime. Lesley works for Northumberland County Council as a Service Development Manager in Children’s, Adults and Health Services.
She is very honoured to be asked to be Vice County President and hopes she can support and give something back to the members and clubs for the many great years she had as a Cambo Young Farmer.

John Ogle

Vice President

John joined Whitley Chapel YFC when he was 16 years old, his 2nd year saw Whitley Chapel win the rally with 12 members at Alnwick. He has held the position of treasurer and helped the club grow. John competed in many competition’s from panto, drama, darts and sport. John travelled with YFC to Canada, Italy and many exchange weekends in England and Scotland.
At present John farms at Haltwhistle he has 3 children who are involved with Haltwhistle YFC and in 2016 hosted the county rally.

Vicky Harrison

Competitions Secretary

Vicky has been a member of Stamfordham YFC for the past 8 years where previously she has held the role of secretary and chairman. Vicky's greatest achievements in YFC have been reaching the National Entertainment's Final, coming 3rd in the National Choir Competition in 2014 and also competing in the National Netball Finals in 2017.

Vicky currently works for Tithebarn Ltd as a Sales Representative covering Northumberland and in her spare time enjoys playing netball, horse riding and hunting with the Tynedale.

Caroline Watson

County Administrator

Caroline works from the YFC Office at Kirkley Hall and looks after the day to day running of the Federation and assists with the organisation of County events and competitions. For anyone looking to join YFC or to receive more information, Caroline would be able to help you.

Darren Gray

County Fieldworker

Darren spent 12 years as a member of Coquetdale YFC with two stints as club chairman. He was probably best known for his 'abilities' in the yard of Ale competition. Darren lives in Morpeth and when he's not working in the Quarry or visiting the counties clubs he enjoys playing rugby and cricket for local teams.
Darren is available to run new members nights, training for competitions and also delivers the Curve training to clubs.


Executive Committee

This committee is formed from 3 members of each club (normally the club office bearers). This committee is responsible for the smooth running and the decision making of the Federation. The County Chairman, who is elected by the members of the Federation leads this committee. The committee normally meets 4 times a year and approves or amends if necessary the decisions taken within the sub-committees listed below. In addition Life Members, Vice Presidents and co-options from outside bodies may attend, but cannot vote.

This committee is also responsible for the federations activities programme, which includes:

  • Planning of annual competitions programme
  • Selection of teams for future rounds
  • To encourage member participation in all activities
  • Promotion of the international programme
  • Liaising with incoming exchanges

Finance Committee

The Finance committee is responsible for:

  • Financial management & Budgetary control of the Federation
  • Applications for grants
  • Sponsorship
  • Organisation of fundraising events
  • Purchase of equipment
  • All areas relating to affiliation fees, legal procedures & membership
  • Constitutional issues and expenses
  • All duties and responsibilities relating to Health & Safety legislation
  • Budget for the Federation’s training output
  • Staffing
  • Development
  • Marketing