Jill's Blog

A word from our Chief Executive

Jill Hewitt is the NAAC’s Chief Executive, and has been part of the team since 2001.

Jill grew up on a farm in Lincolnshire and is passionate about all things farming. In 1999 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Scholarship and, in 2006, completed the Institute of Agricultural Management’s (IAGrM) Leadership Development Programme. Jill is a Fellow of the IAGrM, and is also a member of the BASIS Board, the Voluntary Initiative Board, the Defra Agricultural Productivity Taskforce and the Farm Safety Partnership Board, alongside numerous industry committees.

In her free time, Jill enjoys watching her sons play rugby, supports Leicester Tigers and enjoys walking her puppy, Bramble.

Grants – Recognition for Contractors

It was a highlight of my career yesterday when I sat in a Defra meeting and received final confirmation that contractors would be included, for the first time, in the…

Protect yourself with a dashcam

As the UK prepares for a staycation this year, we are likely to see even more traffic on our roads in July and August when it will be peak season…

Stay safe and legal

As a member of the HSE’s Agricultural Industry Advisory Committee I have the somewhat dubious pleasure of receiving notification of all farm deaths. My heart sinks every time I see…

Reflections on 2020, and looking ahead

You could be forgiven for wanting to write off 2020: a wet start, an arid summer and a sodden autumn, with contractors struggling to juggle workloads and balance customer demands.…

Funding for contractors

The recent launch of the final round of Countryside Productivity Grants brought another shudder from agricultural contractors as, yet again, they were specifically excluded from applying. Agricultural contractors operate as…

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