The Emerging Leaders program – sponsored by Eden Search & Select –  is offering one future leader the chance to access £3000 of funding to help pay for a training and / or development project of their choice.

This exciting new initiative is designed to support the invaluable work that not-for-profit organisations and charities undertake in agritech, fresh, protein and plant-based, food manufacturing sectors in the UK or internationally,and help the next generation of leadership talent realise their full potential. The successful individual will be able to use the funding to pay for an academic qualification, a vocational course, or a research project that will make a genuine difference to the industry they work in. They will also be eligible for four one-hour mentoring sessions with industry sector specialists including company founders, CEOs and senior leaders.

The launch of the Emerging Leaders programme is timely – given the immense pressure many charities have been put under by the pandemic. Recent research conducted by The Charity Commission1revealed that nearly all charities were impacted by the pandemic with more than 90% saying that there had been a negative impact on service delivery, finances, staff and morale – caused by months of frustration and uncertainty.

Explaining more, David Macaulay, Managing Director of Eden Search & Select, said: “Our emerging leaders programme will help charities and not-for-profits unlock the potential of team members, who have already been identified as the leaders of tomorrow. Working across the global food supply chain for more than a decade, we’ve wanted to run a scheme of this kind for some time. As we approach the start of 2022, it feels like there is no better time to get this off the ground. The past two have been difficult for everyone in business – but particularly for charities. While many not-for-profits organisations have proved resilient in the face of COVID, and have adapted their services accordingly, there has, undoubtedly, been a knock-on effect on training and development budgets. As a business, with a large network of leadership contacts across the sector, we feel extremely well placed to support future leaders coming through and are excited to review the applications we receive from candidates.”

The Emerging Leaders program will be led by industry veteran Richard Macdonald. Non-Executive Chairman of Eden Search & Select, Richard is also Deputy Chairman of the Environment Agency. With 40 years’ experience in agribusiness and associated industries, Richard’s knowledge and insights will prove invaluable to applicants and the candidates that are shortlisted for the Emerging Leaders program.

For further details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit The Emerging Leaders program page  and view this video from David Macaulay explaining all about it:

The deadline for applications is 31st December 2022.



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