Your County Office Team
Kelly Armitage – County Co-Ordinator
Kelly is YFC through and through having been a young farmer member. She was a member of Holme Valley for 14 years and held every office role available. She then moved through the YFC structure. She was chairman of South West District then became chairman of Development and Marketing Committee before she took the role of County Chairman in 2012-2013. She works part time for Skipton Auction Mart and has recently joined county office to help with a staff shortage. She currently works in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
A familiar face alongside Kelly at YFC events is her seven year-old daughter Rosie. Kelly is also secretary of the Northern Beltex Society.
Amy Clarke – County Co-Ordinator
Amy is a dairy farmer’s daughter and was in Nidderdale YFC for four years. She qualified as a chef but then spent eight years working in a pharmacy. She enjoyed these high pressure roles but is pleased to have come back to her rural roots to work for YFYFC.
Amy is a massive extreme sports enthusiast, earning her skydiving licence and completing over 40 solo jumps from 15,000ft. But it doesn’t stop there, whilst in New Zealand Amy took on the Nevis bungee, the highest bungee in Australasia. Need someone to do something mad with, put Amy’s name down – she’ll be there!
Julie Spink – County Co-Ordinator
Julie is a former Knaresborough YFC member from the olden days pre mobile phones, plasma screens and microwave dinners! She keeps in touch with her local club by helping out at the Tractor Run as a road marshal. Julie previously was a youth worker working across North Yorkshire and she also worked with people with learning disabilities in a horticultural setting.
Julie is a keen camper and has spent the night under canvas at Tan Hill in the snow and she also likes to utilise her YFC skills by competing at Ripley Show in the baking and handicraft sections. She’s keen to see YFYFC continue to thrive and develop.
Karen Wasden aka Dash – Field Development Officer & County Co-Ordinator
Karen started in YFC when she was 10 years old at Catterick YFC and has never left since. Whilst being in Catterick YFC she was Club Chairman for two years, a keen stock judge and went to National to compete in Floral Art. She left her in age membership as Cledales District Chairman and now works in County Office two days a week.
Karen is well and truly YFC at heart. She can be often seen at YFC events behind the bar or at your club’s AGM doing DBS checks and helping your club and members develop.
Sarah Todd – County Marketing & Press Officer
Writing up reports for the local newspaper while a member of Kirkbymoorside YFC inspired farmer’s daughter Sarah to become a journalist. She is well-known in the county as the former editor of Yorkshire Life magazine as well as being one of the Yorkshire Post’s most popular columnists. She also writes for national newspapers and magazines (including Farmers Weekly!).
Sarah’s teenage children are young farmers. She’s keen to help spread the word about YFYFC and happy to talk to clubs about how to send press releases out and how members can be a bit more switched-on about getting their message across.