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Date: 23rd October 2017

An exciting new era has begun at one of the UK's leading agricultural colleges, with the appointment of its first female farm manager.

Chantelle Astley takes up the post at Askham Bryan College near York with immediate effect, moving from her former role as an agricultural lecturer.

On Friday (20 October) York Central MP, Rachael Maskell called in at the college farm to meet Chantelle as part of her tour of the campus. Ms Maskell also met staff, governors and students when she visited the College’s horticulture, sport and public services departments, animal management centre and Wildlife Park.

Chantelle's appointment supports the college's commitment to greater integration between students' learning and commercial farming. Chantelle has responsibility for two farms,  comprising 280 hectares, including livestock and arable enterprises.

Catherine Dixon, Chief Executive, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Ms Maskell to Askham Bryan. It was a great opportunity to showcase our students' learning across a broad range of subjects.  I was also pleased to introduce Chantelle our first female farm manager who started with us as a lecturer and brings expertise, innovation and enthusiasm to farm management which I am sure will inspire our students.”

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