Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

Director, FFCC Wales

By Madeleine Penkett

20th December 2021

FFCC is recruiting a Director in Wales.

Are you passionate about helping to develop more adaptable and resilient food, farming and countryside sectors in Wales, to respond to the climate, nature and health crisis? Would you like to work with a national, networked organisation, focussed on helping to make change happen?

The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission works across the UK through a network of national and local teams. Our place-based inquiries comprise three inquiries in England – in Cumbria, Devon and Cambridgeshire – and one each in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Wales inquiry launched its report, Wales Field Guide for Future Generations, in July 2020, showcasing a small selection of the many examples of innovative Welsh practices and setting out plans for the inquiry’s next phase. Our current programme of work in Wales is focussed on four key areas:

  • Fair and healthy food systems integrated into all thinking and decisions about well-being, land use and resources
  • Investigating and promoting the potential for agroecology in Wales
  • Developing a national nature service in Wales
  • Increasing and directing resources for a just transition to more sustainable food and farming systems and flourishing rural economies

This role will suit you if you have:

  • Action-orientated and outcome-focused leadership skills, with a track record of effective project delivery across one or more of our key themes.
  • Significant and varied experience in public policy research development, with a mature understanding of the complex policy landscape across the breadth of our mandate.
  • Specialist expertise and interest in one or more of our key themes: food and farming, sustainable development, land use, economics, local democracy and system change, and in wider public policy and reform.
  • A shared sense of purpose for our mission, with commitment to finding practical solutions to the climate, nature, health and economic crises.

To learn more about the role, please download the Job Description at the top of this page.

Term: 1 year freelance contract (with option to extend)

Closing date: 23:59 on Sunday, 16th January 2022

Contract value: £30,000 (inclusive of any applicable VAT) over the contract’s length.

Location: Home based (applicants must be based in Wales).

To apply: Please send your CV and a one page cover letter, explaining why you are suitable for this role and your reasons for applying, to joanna.stickler@ffcc.co.uk.