Louise Minchin – Compere
One of the main presenters of BBC Breakfast, Louise has previously anchored news bulletins on BBC 1 and the News Channel. She has also presented sports shows, played a cameo (as herself) in Spooks and managed to get ejected from Hell’s Kitchen – even though she wasn’t a contestant.
After starting out on the Latin American section of the BBC World Service, Louise graduated to making tea for Humphrys & Co on Radio 4’s Today programme. She then reported for Radio Berkshire and went on to present numerous slots on Radio 5 Live.
Louise has fronted Channel Five News and their showbiz show, Exclusive. She has also copresented with the likes of Jon Sopel and John Inverdale, and shared the Sunday Life sofa with Colin Jackson.
Amanda Owen – Recipient of the Bobbie Caplin OBE Yorkshire Legend Award
Amanda Owen grew up in Huddersfield but was inspired by the James Herriot books to leave her town life behind and head to the countryside to work as a freelance shepherdess, cow milker and alpaca shearer.
Now a happily married farmer’s wife, mother to nine children between the ages of eighteen and two, passionate photographer, Sunday Times bestselling author and star of her very own TV series ‘Our Yorkshire Farm’, Amanda is a very busy woman of many talents, but first and foremost, she is a shepherdess!
The Owens live a life that has almost gone in today’s modern world, one ruled by the seasons and their animals, a life that Amanda dreamed to live. Amanda will share the many inspirational stories that she has experienced; the challenges, rewards, realities of the unique life she has built in rural North Yorkshire.
Minister Scully MP – Keynote Speaker
Paul Scully was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 13 February 2020. He is responsible for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets and Minister for London.
Paul is a British politician serving as the Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam since 2015. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as its vice chairman for the London region from 2017 to 2019. Paul was born in Rugby, Warwickshire. He moved to London after graduating and ran a number of small businesses.