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. As of 2024, we have agreed that this programme will now be delivered annually.

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.

“This week has given me a greater understanding of policy and strategy and has stretched my thinking.”

2023 Delegate

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.

Students listening to lectures at IAGRM course in 2022

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 course far exceeded my expectations. I felt privileged to be part of such an experienced, capable group.”

2023 Delegate

Programme Director - Robert Shepherd

Rob 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 Director – Karen Brosnan 

karen brosnan

Karen is a management consultant whose expertise includes Leadership Development and Executive Coaching. She designs programmes tailored to both organisational and individual needs, supporting executives to examine their leadership style, their temperament and their biases so they can develop positive habits.

Karen currently provides tailored leadership development training and executive coaching to clients in 25 countries around the world.


Programme dates 2024

Week 1

End February - beginning March TBC

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

Week 2

Mid-March TBC

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

Mid-April TBC

A leading through networking phase based in Westminster, London.

Programme cost: £9,500 to cover accommodation and food for the duration and travel

Application deadline: 31 August 2023

Interviews: 25 September 2023 at the RAU, Cirencester

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

To register your interest in the 2024 programme and for individual enquiries, please get in touch via our Professional Development Enquiry Form.

Click here for the application form 

“I have learned a huge amount about myself… I can hold myself to account with the group. I don’t need to find a mentor, I now have 13 mentors.”

2023 Delegate

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