Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

New Chair for FFCC's Wales inquiry

After 3 years, Jane Davidson is stepping down. Our new Chair, Chris Nott, will continue the programme that Jane has begun in Wales.

By Madeleine Penkett

27th September 2021

After three years, Jane Davidson is stepping down as Chair of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission’s Wales inquiry. We are extremely grateful to Jane for all her work on our behalf, and the considerable expertise and experience she has so generously contributed. Our new Chair, Chris Nott, will continue the programme that Jane has begun, working with our partners in Wales to make progress on our shared aims - a national nature service with training for good green jobs, support for farmers in a just transition to agroecology and more sustainable land use, growing and using more healthy food, and a strong and distinctive Welsh food sector, to improve the nation’s health, wellbeing and green economy, and making sure all communities have the resources they need to adapt and thrive.

Chris is a founder of Capital Law, and an active supporter of the business community – having received an OBE for services to Business and Economic Development in Wales. His past roles have included Prince of Wales’ Business Ambassador for Wales; Chair of the Welsh Government’s Financial and Professional Services sector panel; and Vice Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Board. As a founder of Knife and Fork Ltd, a collection of pubs based in Cardiff and the Vale, Chris has particular insight into the food and hospitality sector.

Chris says, "Having advised the Welsh Government for the past 10 years on economic development, and most recently on the post-pandemic economic recovery, I have seen what a key role the food, farming and rural sectors can play in building back better – and greener. I am excited to be joining the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission at this critical moment, and look forward to working with partners across the country to make further progress towards sustainable practices as quickly as possible."