Sir Ben Gill CBE lectures on world change


Rapid global change and its effect on the man and woman in the street will be the subject of a lecture at the University of Lincoln on April 15.


A Changed World Leadership: Learning to live with and exploit a new order is the subject of the lecture by Sir Ben Gill CBE, a major agricultural authority on the national and international scene.


You may have heard about climate change and a changed world order and you may well have noticed that more and more of the goods that you buy have been made in China. But what does it actually mean to you?


“If your answer is ‘nothing’ – you would be wrong, very wrong,” says Sir Ben. “The breadth and extent of the pressures for change that we are all facing at the moment have reached a level that has not been experienced in a very long time if ever before. And yet very few people are aware of what the new order could mean for them in their every day existence. I will be going through the background to the global changes that have already happened and forecasting what is likely to happen and how it will affect us all.”


Sir Ben studied Agriculture at St John’s College, worked in Uganda and managed his own family farm before becoming President of the National Farmers’ Union from 1998 to 2004. During this time he had to deal with a variety of crises, such as BSE and Foot and Mouth disease. He has also gained extensive experience in Europe as President of the Confederation of European Agriculture and on the world front as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Body: International Federation of Agricultural Producers.


Since retiring from the NFU he has established his own business which specialises in advising agrifood businesses on food and farming and also on renewable energy, where he has a particular interest and expertise in the use of biomass.


The lecture takes place in the Jackson Lecture Theatre, Brayford Campus on 15 April 2008. Registration is at 5.30pm, the lecture starts at 6pm and refreshments will be served at 7.15pm. The event is free but you must register for a place. Call 01522 837008 or email to register.