The Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

The leading executive level policy programme for those engaged in the agricultural and land-based sector at a senior level.

Do you possess a strong aspiration to lead within the wider agricultural and associated industries? Are you looking to become a more effective leader?

Cirencester │Brussels │ Wageningen │ Westminster

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) and the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) have an impressive and long-standing history of delivering a programme designed for individuals with a real desire to implement change.

The only one of its kind, this three-week residential programme is aimed at the more proficient candidate who is already in a management role within their business and is seeking to challenge and empower their leadership and management potential.

The Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) Leadership Programme provides unparalleled access and personal interaction with the most influential sector leaders from production, retail and policy across the entire food and farming industry.

This master’s level programme will develop your understanding of policy making in the UK and Brussels, arming you with a toolkit and network for the next stage of your career trajectory within the agri-food sector.

This intensive three weeks gives you the opportunity to focus and reflect on:

  • UK Industry Leaders & Policies                   
  • EU and International Affairs
  • Management & Communication Skills       
  • Personal Development

As in previous years, relationships made between the delegates of this unique programme will offer a life-long network of opportunities.

“The programme content and organisation involved hit the mark every single day. From initial interest through to selection and attendance, I would never have envisioned how well executed the entire three weeks would be – from the exemplary list of speakers and the diversity of the programme to the military precision travel arrangements.”

2020/22 Delegate

Programme Director - Robert Shepherd

Robert brings the leadership expertise of his past military service. He now runs the family farming business in Hampshire, chairs a sizeable environmental Farming Cluster group and has current involvements with a range of agricultural policy groups.

Programme dates 2023

Week 1

26 February - 3 March

The leadership orientation phase based at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.

Week 2

12 - 17 March

A four-day global leadership insight phase in Brussels and the Netherlands to consider agricultural policy, and strategic leadership (five days with travel).

Week 3

16 - 21 April

A leading through networking phase based in Westminster, London.

Programme cost: £7,500 to cover accommodation and food for the duration and travel

Application deadline: 31 July 2022

Interviews: 10 October 2022 at the RAU

Please note: To guarantee an exceptional delegate experience, places are limited to 12.

To register your interest in the 2023 programme, please contact Elizabeth Badger, Executive Education Manager via

Click here for the application form


“An outstanding leadership programme that has broadened my knowledge of European and global issues vastly whilst helping me to find out about myself and the kind of leader I would like to be. Would highly recommend.”

– 2020/22,Delegate