Meet the

Committee

Joanna Harrison

County Chairman

Joanna is an active member of Stamfordham Young Farmers and has been for the past 8 years, where she has been secretary. Joanna is currently a secondary geography teacher. In her spare time Joanna hunts with the Tynedale and helps out on her family’s dairy farm, showing cattle throughout the year.

Joanna says her main achievements in young farmers are reaching the National finals in the Entertainments Competition and coming 3rd in the National Choir Competition in 2014. She was also secretary for the Northern Area Field Day and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Adam Grieve

Vice County Chairman

Adam is a member of Cambo YFC and has been for the last eight years. Adam was Cambo chairman for two years and continues to be a very active member. Adam's greatest achievement in young farmers was Cambo's victory in Northumberland YFC's 2015 county rally, this first time in Cambo's 60 year history.

Adam works for Harrison and Hetherington as an auctioneer, out of St. Boswells, Wooler and Carlisle. In his spare time Adam plays rugby for Morpeth RFC where he is currently the captain of the Morpeth second team.

Edward Dungait

Junior Vice Chairman

Edward is a member of Tritlington YFC and has been for the past 8 years. He has been chairman and is currently in his second year as secretary, winning the Best Club Programme award last year. He is part of the Tritlington teams that have won the county speaking competitions in 2015 & 2016.

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.

Tommy Harrison

County President

Tommy started YFC with Hexham then joined Whitley Chapel after the sad closure of Hexham. He was an active member holding many office bearer roles. In keeping with the “party hard” title he has maintained to this day. Travel world and countrywide was always on his radar. Starting at the age of 16 going to the under 18 youth camp in Sweden, Australia, European bus tour, then was instrumental in starting “Harrisons Hot Holidays” twice to Tenerife with 30 young farmers. Tommy lives at Mickley with his wife Di who he met through YFC when Hexham did a joint panto with Bellingham. Tommy has always been a supporter of Northumberland YFC, in particular in recent years when wife Di was County President when they both attended many YFC events including the National AGM at Blackpool. A Past chairman and very active management team member of Northumberland county show. Tommy and Di own an increasing herd of Hereford cattle ” Moralee Herefords” which they both show extensively and are enjoying success at summer shows.

Stuart Murray

Vice President

Stuart Murray

Lesley Grieve

Junior Vice President

Lesley joined Cambo YFC when she was 15 years old and by the age of 17 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, brains trust 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) for the club and recently has produced their entertainments, drama and pantomime. Lesley works for Northumberland County Council as a Service Development Manager in Children’s Services. Lesley is chair of a regional charity supporting children with Down syndrome to help them achieve their educational potential.
She is very honoured to be asked to be Junior 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 Young Farmer.

Carly Hall

Activities Secretary

Carly co-ordinates the competitions calendar for Northumberland, liaising with all the host clubs and competitors.

Carly has been a member of Stamfordham YFC for the past eight years, in that time she has been secretary and treasurer. Carly's biggest achievement in young farmers is reaching the national final in the entertainments competition for Stamfordham YFC's production of 'Cock-a-poodle' and being part of Northumberland YFC's choir coming 3rd in the National Choir final in 2014.

Carly is currently a payroll specialist for Your Move. In her spare time Carly loves to play netball or any other outdoor sport, especially Tough Mudders.

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.

Committees

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