John Edgar Trust - Management Development Scheme

The John Edgar Trust is a Hampshire based charity dedicated to helping people in southern England achieve their management potential within farming and rural enterprises. The Royal Agricultural University organises and runs a three week residential course in rural business management, on the Trust’s behalf. The course is biennial.

Course postponement - Covid-19 update

With the health and wellbeing of all future delegates, guest speakers and external hosts being paramount, the course will now begin in December 2021. You will be able to apply in May 2021 and subsequent interviews will commence in July.

We recognise how disappointing this is for those of you who were planning to apply, but we know you will appreciate the thinking behind this decision.

Please click to see a letter from John Edgar Trust Organising Committee.

The objective of the course is to develop an individual’s skills and abilities, enabling them to become a positive and powerful asset to their business and the industry as a whole.

The course provides a unique opportunity with only a small number of places available. Participants should therefore be exceptional people who are most likely to benefit greatly from both the programmed events as well as the chance to share the experience with like-minded individuals and learn from each other. The selection panel will seek to identify individuals who are already established in a career in agriculture or rural-based business in southern England and are in, or about to take up, a position where they will be required to make management decisions.

In addition, the John Edgar Trust provides generous funding towards the total course fee - an enabling and empowering offer for younger people in the rural sector.

This course covers:

  • Managing human resources
  • Business practice, taxation and law
  • Planning and financial resource management
  • Practical case studies and seminars
  • Leadership theory
  • Communication skills
  • Media training

Key dates

  • Application open: May 2021
  • Interviews: July 2021
  • Course delivery: December 2021 - February 2022 

Exact dates to be confirmed.

N.B. If you had intended to apply for this year’s course then please do register your “expression of interest” with Elizabeth Badger, This will enable us to update you with the most current information. We will not be uploading the usual application forms with dates and details at this time.

To find out more about the John Edgar Trust please visit