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GAJ eAlert - April 2011

At the first Council meeting of the year, Jane Craigie (pictured) was elected deputy chairman and Doreen Forsyth took on the role of co-ordinating the Guild's awards programme.

See more in News on the Guild website, where plans are revealed for the annual Harvest Lunch to be held in one of the livery company halls in the City of London, and there is acknowledgement of the generous legacy of a former Guild chairman that will help the work of the Charitable Trust.

Power on the Farm award

The Guild’s Power on the Farm award, sponsored by Perkins Engines, has been launched with a stylish information and entry panel on the Guild website. The long-running award is for articles published in 2010 and carries a very generous prize fund – £2000 to the winner, £1000 to the runner-up – presented at a special lunch in London. Thursday, May 12 is the deadline for entries.

Organiser Claire Purdey emphasises that the award’s title does not restrict entries to articles on machinery: “Think of power on the farm in its broadest sense,” she advises. “We usually get a good cross-section of topics.” For further guidance, see the judging criteria for the award and also the winning entries from past years in the Awards section of the website.

Guild Regional Events

Midlands: Half-day members course Video production for the web. Practical skills and potential as a marketing and promotion tool. Wednesday, May 4 at Harper Adams University College, 3.30pm to 7pm. £60. Further details - see website News or contact Midlands chair Julie Mate.

Scotland: A Guild members’ briefing by Food Standards Agency Scotland on latest policy issues will be held on Monday, May 16. Details, including venue and time, from Scottish co-ordinator Joe Watson.

Under 35s

The first meeting for ‘Under 35’ members of the Guild will be held on Friday, July 1 at 2pm in the Farmers Club for a professional development workshop on video production and presentation skills. Details from Council member Julie Mate.

OFC Directors  The Oxford Farming Conference, which already has several Guild members on its organising Council, is seeking applicants to fill some forthcoming vacancies. Among directors completing their term this year is OFC chairman Cedric Porter, who works as a food chain journalist and consultant. See the Oxford Farming Conference website for details.

OFC Secretariat  The OFC also invites bids to provide the secretariat and management for this major agricultural industry event. A tender document, which must be submitted by the end of next week (April 30) can be supplied.

Jobs & Recruitment

Vacant positions are mentioned in Guild eAlerts as a service to members but a recruitment advertising service is also available to organisations that wish to put full details about a post in front of the Guild's 440 members involved in journalism and commercial communications. More details about this service are available on the website here.

PR Manager  Communications agency RDP Advertising & Marketing, run by Guild member Angus Chalmers, is recruiting a PR specialist to join the Gloucestershire-based business as an Account Manager. Because of the short notice given in last month's eAlert, the closing date for applications has been extended.

Year Book updates

Production of this year’s Guild Year Book is close to completion and it will be published in June. Meanwhile, here are some more contact updates - see earlier updates in the eAlert Archive of the Guild website:

Mary Vere Parr has a new address – Forgate House, Upper Chute, Andover, Hants SP11 9EW.

These members have new email addresses: Liz Wright lizzarawright@googlemail.comSue Bennett Christopher Swire

It has transpired that Guy Faulkner’s contact details were omitted from the current Year Book due to some confusion over his membership. Apologies to Guy, who is joint editor/publisher (with fellow Guild member Cedric Porter) of World Potato Markets. His contact details are - Tel: 01892 523635 Email:

New members  We are delighted to welcome the following new members to the Guild. Existing members who would like to invite colleagues to join, or industry contacts to become a Friend of the Guild, can contact membership secretary Liz Snaith.

Rachel Addison, Press Officer, Bishop Burton College, Bishop Burton, East Yorks HU17 8QG. Tel: 01964 553038  Mobile: 07901 338042  Email:

Olivia Cooper, (freelance), Lily Vale, Huxham, Exeter, Devon EX5 4EW. Tel: 01392 840009  Email:

Jo Crowley, Communications Executive, AHDB – HGCA, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwicks CV8 2TL. Tel: 02476 478720  Mobile: 07543 972156 Email:

Jennifer Forrester, Communications Executive, AHDB – HGCA, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwicks CV8 2TL  Tel: 02476 478728  Mobile: 07590 183539  Email:

Laura Temple, Communications Executive, AHDB – HGCA, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwicks CV8 2TL.  Tel: 0247 6478756  Mobile: 07872 507262  Email:

Friends  The following industry people have become Friends of the Guild:

Roger Trewhella, Director, Adela Booth Associates, Higher Moorlake, Crediton, Devon EX17 5EL. Tel: 01363 776623  Mobile: 07968 182896  Email:

Marcus Battung, Vegetable Breeding Laboratory Technician, Elsoms Seeds Ltd, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1QS. Tel: 01755 715000  Email:

Keely Watson, Crop Specialist, Elsoms Seeds Ltd, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1QS. Tel: 01755 715000  Mobile: 07825 941080  Email:

All members of the Agri-food team at DHL, the logistics company, have become Friends of the Guild. They are based at: DHL Supply Chain, DIRFT South, Celtic Way, Daventry, Northants NN6 7GW.

Angharad Evans, Product Development Consultant. Mobile: 07834 904106  Email:

John Humphreys, General Manager, Business Development. Mobile: 0770 721979  Email:

James Hurrell, Head of Business Development. Mobile: 07796 191807  Email:

Richard Pope, Business Development Manager. Mobile: 07825 365700  Email:

Jason Smallwood, General Manager Product & Account Development. Mobile: 07788 970561  Email:

Roly Taplin, Vice President. Mobile: 07836 334835  Email:

Note: Friends of the Guild are listed in the Year Book as an acknowledgement of their interest and support and receive a copy of that publication in addition to the monthly eAlerts. Friends pay a subscription equivalent to that of a Guild member but have no voting rights and are not eligible to enter awards.

Send in your news  Please send any career news, publication/website launches or redesigns, agency appointments, award wins and campaigns, etc, to website and eAlerts editor Peter Hill.



Johann Tasker

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