We are delighted to announce that Kate Speke-Adams is joining the Herefordshire Rural Hub team as Managing Director this month.

Kate, who has been a Director of the Hub since 2018, has big aspirations for developing it further, commenting “I’m really passionate about the Hub’s core value of helping rural businesses thrive and it is well recognised in Herefordshire as the go to place for impartial and trustworthy support. So I think it is in a strong position to be able to help in so many more ways. I want to ensure the Hub can continue to deliver our core knowledge transfer functions and also increase our impact by providing a greater range of support to our members & the county at large.”

An important catalyst enabling this appointment is the recent selection by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, for the Hub to participate in their three-year Farm Support Group initiative. Liz Lloyd, Chair of Herefordshire Rural Hub’s Directors, commented “Kate’s appointment is an exciting step for the Hub.  She brings a deep knowledge of current agricultural practice and the advantage of already having important contacts within and beyond the county.  With the support from PCF and Kate taking on the role of Managing Director we are all really excited to see where 2023 can take the Hub”.

For the last eight years Kate has worked at The Wye & Usk Foundation, establishing and managing a strong team of farm advisers and securing millions of pounds worth of projects that have supported farm businesses to take action to deliver benefits for water and wildlife. The Hub have had a strong working relationship with the advisory team at The Wye & Usk Foundation for years, regularly running joint events as part of the Farm Herefordshire partnership. We are looking forward to strengthening this collaborative approach going forward.

Pictured: Kate Speke-Adams

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