Expressions of interest for the 2025 course now welcomed

The future for Rural Industries has never been more challenging

The domination of the food supply by multi-national companies, changing consumer attitudes, increased demands for countryside access and changes to government and political representation, nationally, EU wide and internationally, are just some of the obstacles which face the industry.

The Challenge of Rural Leadership now in its 28th year is managed by The Rural Business School at Duchy College, part of The Cornwall College Group, on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

The Challenge of Rural Leadership course is suitable for individuals in management positions and comprises of an intensive programme of management and leadership skills as well as hosting speakers from significant and important organisations, and government agencies who contribute to the course delivery.

Key dates and funding

The course will take place Sunday 19th January – Saturday 1st February 2025 at Dartington Hall, Devon.

Interviews will be on the 4th and 5th September 2024.

Places on the course will be confirmed within two weeks of the interview date.

Delegates will be resident at Dartington Hall for the entire two weeks, inclusive of the middle weekend.

If you have any questions on any of the above, please contact Ali Bunkum, course co-ordinator, at

We are currently receiving expressions of interest and applications.

 Fees and funding support options.

Another chance to see the Challenge of Rural Leadership webinars

The aim is to provide high-achieving managers with the skills and capabilities to grow and thrive in continuously changing and increasingly challenging conditions.

This is a higher-managerial and strategic leadership course. It is designed to help you increase your influence on the rural community, both nationally and internationally, to gain a greater insight into the political, financial and environmental challenges affecting the future of rural industries.

The Worshipful Company of Farmers, offer financial assistance towards the cost of the course.

For more information please call 0845 458 7485 or email

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