Meet the Team

Who's Who?

County Chairman

Matthew Denby

chairman@lincsyfc.org.uk

07786 506679

Vice Chairman

Vicki Kirk

vicki_kirk@hotmail.co.uk

07900 683159

Vice Chairman

Chris 'Shelly' Sheldon

crshelly@gmail.com

07500 331514

County Development

Kate Knight

County Administrator

Helen Jones

County President

Malcolm Hobson

Rally Chairman

Charlotte Garbutt

Show Chairman

Henry Whiteman

County Treasurer

Alex Olivant

Social Chairs

Katie Hughes and Charlie Mumby

Marketing Chairman

Anita Riggall

Development Chairman

Holly Howell

These are just a handful of the great team we have at Lincs YFC, there's too many to list!

We have a great group of co-ordinators who do all of the background work in YFC - whether its organising a competition, editing the County Handbook, or in charge of finding Trade Stands for our Annual County Rally. That's the beauty of Young Farmers, its lead by the members for the members.

County Chairman Profile - Matt

About me

I'm Matt Denby, aka DJ Blackgrass, Lincs YFC's Chairman for 2017/18. 

22 years old

When not at YFC, you can find me on the family farm near Alford 

Young Farmers History

I've been a member of Alford YFC since 2011 and have enjoyed every moment of it. I've competed at club, county, regional and national level, made countless friends and memories, and held many club and county roles including 2017 Rally Chairman - which I found extremely rewarding

Favourite YFC Memory

Having the opportunity to DJ with Radio 1's Chris Stark and Dev Griffin at East Midlands area weekend and the County Rally

County Vice Chairman Profile -Vicki

About me

I grew up on the family farm, went to Reading uni to study food marketing for 3 years, travelled round the world for 6 months, now working full time as a cook, and bake celebration cakes for fun!!  

Young Farmers History

I joined Young farmers when I was 15, after attending a Horncastle party. I was a member of Horncastle for 3 years before going to university. In Horncastle I took on the role of programme secretary and social secretary both of which I really loved doing! I then joined Billinghay for 1 year, a lot of the people I joined Horncastle with also went to uni, which is why I drifted towards Billinghay, in that year I also became handbook co-ordinator for county. Then the following year I became a Wainfleet member, more a social member having to focus more on university, but active when I could be. In 2014/15 I became Wainfleets social secretary, a role I'd so loved before, then in 2015/16 I also became the clubs main secretary. Also in 2015/16 took on the role of stock judging co-ordinator for county for two years. Then finally in 2016/17 I got elected as County Vice Chairman, and elected once again this year!! 

Favourite YFC Memory

This has to be Friday 23rd April 2010 My 1st National AGM. Torquay. The excitement of leaving Market Rasen at 6.30am. Spotting fellow Young Farmers along the motorway. Arriving at the hotel with the rest of Lincolnshire. Running down to Alberts and meeting people from Warwickshire & Yorkshire. There is nothing like your 1st National AGM 

County Vice Chairman Profile - Chris

About me

I was brought up on an arable and beef farm near Skegness. I went to Riseholme College, Lincoln and studied Agriculture. I studied Agriculture at Newcastle University. I started working as an Agri Business Consultant in Lincolnshire. Other than Young Farmers I play rugby for Sleaford 1st XV, enjoy boating on the Norfolk Broads and love socialising. 

Young Farmers History

I was asked to go along to Wainfleet YFC by my older cousin aged 13, I am still a member today. Since then I've held many roles in the club and two years as chairman. I was then Competitions coordinator and stock judging coordinator for Lincolnshire before becoming Vice Chairman this year. I've met so many great people and learnt many new skills in YFC, going along was the best thing I ever did. I've had a beer or two along the way too! 

Favourite YFC Memory

I have many stories to tell from times in YFC but I have to say my single favourite was my first YFC rally. It was amazing to see so many people taking part in competitions, having fun with friends and the after party wasn't bad either. I've a lot more memories to make yet.

 

County Development Officer Profile - Kate

About me

I’m the Strategic Development Manager for Lincs YFC, having started in June.  I’m a farm manager’s wife, married to Rob and live in the Lincolnshire Wolds.  I am also a qualified Riding Instructor/Coach and teach a variety of adults and children on their own horse or pony including those in pony club and riding clubs.  In my spare time (ha ha!!)  I run a self-catering holiday cottage near Woodhall Spa, compete my own horse Purdey in dressage and eventing, ski and have two doggies a Labrador (Digger) and a border terrier (Bunty)!  

Young Farmers History

Not much as I am relatively new to it, but learning fast!! 

Favourite YFC Memory

So far……..  Meeting lots of lovely YFC members at the County Rally and Lincolnshire Show. Being interviewed to talk about all the great things that YFC does by Lincs FM and finding myself at Lincoln Cathedral with some super YFC members at the County Harvest Festival!!! 

County Administrator Profile - Helen

About me

I grew up on a sheep and cattle farm near Market Harborough, Leicestershire, with my Mum, Dad and 2 brothers. I studied a BA Honours in Event Management at Loughborough College and worked in a Conference Centre before making the move up to Lincolnshire. I have now returned to Leicestershire and live with my husband Rob and 2 children, Florence and George.

Young Farmers History

I was a member of Norton and Gaulby YFC for 10 years holding officer posts ranging from Sports Captain to Chairman and was also Social Secretary for County...my days as Young Farmer were some of the best days of my life!

Favourite YFC Memory

I have sat thinking about this for ages...I can't pick a specific memory, there are just too many to choose from! A very special period in my years as a member though was when I was lucky enough to be selected to take part in a YFC Exchange to Ontario, Canada with the YFC Travel Programme, I had the most amazing 3 months, it still feels like yesterday! 7 years on I am still in contact with a lot of the people I met. I know it's cheesy but I really did make memories for life and I owe a tremendous amount to YFC! 

County President Profile - Malcolm

About me

I’m very proud of my Lincolnshire roots, being born and reared on the Lincolnshire fen land halfway between Boston and Horncastle.  On leaving school I joined my parents on the family farm and alongside my brother we have seen steady growth of our arable farm to the 1000 acres we farm today.  In addition we also contract farm another 750 acres.  My wife and I have one son who is at Riseholme College studying Agriculture and I’m hoping he too will join the business in the long term.   

Young Farmers History

I joined Coningsby Young Farmers in 1977 and thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Club.  The social life was second to none and I have such great memories of our exchange visits to Launceston and Talybont, as well as the AGMs in Blackpool and Bournemouth.  We had great success in the Tug of War competitions at that time and the Public Speaking competitions have put me in good stead in fulfilling the role of Best Man and also Chairmanship roles in other organisations.  I’m still on the advisory committee for Coningsby Young Farmers and support them whenever I can.   

Favourite YFC Memory

Well that’s a hard one to answer as there are just so many.  I especially enjoyed the cabarets that we put on after the annual Dinner and Dance at the Golf Hotel in Woodhall.  We had so many laughs in our practice sessions on the run up to the night.   However, I guess my overall favourite would be the parachute jump we did to raise funds for a defibrillator for our local doctor’s surgery.   I’ve never been so scared in my life before I jumped but it was completely exhilarating and a great opportunity to do something I would never have considered doing had I not been involved in YFC