Jan Davinson

Jan Davinson is the first person to receive our Peter Scott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Charity. It is testament to her 17 years of dedication and achievement with the Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers Clubs – a rural organisation for 10 to 26 year-olds. Jan’s impactful and enduring work, unknown to the wider public, is exactly what the Award was set up to recognise.

Jan went above and beyond the call of duty to help the county’s young people realise their potential, develop their skills and enjoy their lives. When she retired in 2014 as chief officer, she had built the young farmers’ movement in Cumbria into one of the largest and most vibrant in the country with 1500 members across 26 clubs. She would be the first to say this success was due to the incredible energy and capabilities of the young people she supported and believed in.

Her link to young people has been a constant throughout her career. Jan’s service to her community was also recognised when she received an MBE for services to farming and the rural community in 2015.

Jan used her £2,500 grant, which comes with the Award to provide a residential development opportunity for Young Farmers at Brathay Hall.