Our people

We are growing a community of people working together for change.

Sir Ian Cheshire

Channel 4 Chair and Chair, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

Sir Ian is Chair of Channel 4 and a Non-executive Director of BT. Former Chair of Barclays UK and Debenhams, and former Lead non-executive director for the government, he has won a number of awards including lifetime contributions to retailing, green business and the Fortune WEF award for leadership in the circular economy.

He was appointed Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher plc from January 2008 and left the group in early 2015. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of B&Q. His previous roles at Kingfisher from 1998 onwards include Chief Executive of International and Development, Chief Executive of e-Kingfisher and Group Director of Strategy and Development.

Sir Ian was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to Business, Sustainability and the Environment and is a Chevalier of the Ordre National du Merite of France. Other current principal external appointments: Chairman, Maisons du monde; Chairman, Menhaden plc.

Sir Ian Cheshire
Channel 4 Chair and Chair, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission
Judith Batchelar OBE

Deputy Chair, Environment Agency

Judith is Deputy Chair of the Environment Agency, and has worked in the food and drink industry for over 35 years, starting her life in manufacturing before moving into retail at Marks and Spencer. From 2004 to 2021 she worked for Sainsbury’s as Director of Sainsbury’s Brand with responsible for all aspects of Sainsbury’s product offer, from Policy formation on aspects such as Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing, through to Product Technology, Development, Safety, and Packaging along with Corporate Responsibility and Public Affairs, driving the Quality and Innovation agendas whilst protecting and enhancing the reputation of Sainsbury’s Brand.

She is a Biochemist, nutritionist, has an Honorary Doctorate in Agriculture from Harper Adams University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), and the Royal Society of Arts and Manufactures (RSA). From 2013 to 2018 she was Chair of the Governments’ AgriTech Council, and now sits on both the Food and Drink Sector, and Natural Environment Research Councils. Judith is also Chair of the Rugby Players Association and is a Trustee of The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Accounting for Sustainability and The Matt Hampson Foundation, as well as an ambassador for the Woodland Trust.

She was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to Farming and the Food Industry.

Judith Batchelar OBE
Deputy Chair, Environment Agency
Helen Browning OBE

Chief Executive, Soil Association

Helen has a mixed organic farm in Wiltshire, with dairy, beef, pigs, cereals, and is now also experimenting with agroforestry. Her products are sold through the Helen Browning’s Organic brand in retailers big and small, as well as through her mini hotel and restaurant/pub on the farm, and through her restaurant in Swindon. She is Chief Executive of the Soil Association, a member of the Food Ethics Council, trustee of the RSPB. Prior to rejoining the Soil Association, Helen was Director of External Affairs for the National Trust. She has had a number of roles in agri-politics over the years, including the Government’s Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food (‘the Curry Commission’) and chaired the England Animal Health and Welfare Implementation Group. Helen was awarded an OBE in 1998 for her services to organic farming.

Helen Browning OBE
Chief Executive, Soil Association
David Fursdon

David Fursdon, Chair, Development Board for the Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture, Chairman, Beeswax Dyson Farming and Trustee, National Trust

David is a qualified rural chartered surveyor with a background in private practice and consultancy for both large and small farms and Estates. Currently Chairman of Beeswax Dyson Farming Ltd. and on the Trustee Board of the National Trust, he is interested in the interaction between commercial farming and the environment.

His own commercial experience comes from running his own diversified family business in Devon and as a Director on various Boards such as the Crown Estate. He has championed new entrants in agriculture, chairing the Government sponsored 'Future of Farming' Review and is interested in the improvement of skills and training, chairing the Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture (TIAH). He was President of the CLA 2005 – 07 and served on the Affordable Rural Housing Commission.

David is an FFCC Trustee, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, chairs the Devon Inquiry and co-Chairs the Farming Leadership Group.

David Fursdon
David Fursdon, Chair, Development Board for the Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture, Chairman, Beeswax Dyson Farming and Trustee, National Trust
Andrew Selley

Chief Executive, Bidfood

Andrew has spent 21 years with the Bidfood business (formerly Bidvest Foodservice), primarily developing the food logistics business in the UK, as well as the businesses in Turkey, the Middle East, the Baltics and Spain. He became Chief Executive of Bidfood UK in 2014, and also sits on the global leadership Foodservice Group within Bidcorp, Bidfood’s ultimate parent company. Bidfood is the UK’s leading provider of food, beverages and packaging to the hospitality industry. In 2020 Andrew also inherited responsibility for Bidfresh – the UK based business specialising in fresh meat, fresh fish and fruit and vegetable sales to the hospitality industry.

After serving as a Council Member for three years, Andrew was also appointed Chairman of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors in January 2017, through to January 2020, the industry body representing the interests of wholesale and cash & carry in the UK. As well as being a commissioner, Andrew also sits on the advisory body for the National Food Strategy.

The wider Bidfood business employs more than 6,000 people in the UK and has focus on food innovation, service excellence, sustainability, and delivering great value. Prior to joining Bidfood Andrew’s career began at Coca-Cola Enterprises, where he worked his way up from Graduate Trainee to Trading Director of the wholesale division.

Andrew Selley
Chief Executive, Bidfood
Shirley Cramer CBE

Former Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health

In May 2020, Shirley stood down from her role as Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, after 7 years at the helm. She has been a voluntary sector leader in both the UK and USA and also a non- executive in both countries. She was previously CEO of the National Centre for Learning Disabilities in New York and in the UK she was Chief Executive of Dyslexia Action for over a decade.

She is currently Chair of the think-tank, British Future and Chair of the Rare Dementia Support Groups Advisory Board at University College London. She is a trustee of Alzheimer’s Research UK and a member of the Advisory Board on health and care at the Institute of Public Policy Research. She is also an advisor to Breaking Barriers Innovations consultancy group.

Shirley Cramer CBE
Former Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health
Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE

Chair of the National Audit Office

Dame Fiona is Chair of the National Audit Office and Chair of the Governing Council of the Royal Agricultural University (RAU). Prior to this, Fiona was Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, from 2012 to 2021, having previously served as Director-General of the National Trust from 2001 to 2012. During her time as DG she made the Trust warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside.

Before joining the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office (1998 to 2000), Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) (1987 to 1998), and Secretary to the Council for National Parks (now Campaign to Protect National Parks) (1980 to 1987). 

Fiona holds a number of non-Executive roles. She is Chair of the International National Trusts Organisation, the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden, and Cambridge’s Bennett Institute for Public Policy. She is also a Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate and Green Alliance; and a non-Executive Director of Wessex Water. Her book The Fight for Beauty was published in 2016.

Fiona is an FFCC Trustee, a member of the People and Culture Committee, chairs the Land Use National Group and co-chairs the Cambridgeshire Inquiry.

Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE
Chair of the National Audit Office
Professor David Hill CBE

Founder, The Environment Bank & Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Trustee

David is Chairman and founding owner of The Environment Bank Ltd which brokers funding from developments to create new, and enhance existing, wildlife habitats. He promotes the importance of environmental markets to restoring nature at scale. He established one of the first environmental consultancies in the UK, which he subsequently merged with a plc. He has a strong professional and personal interest in biodiversity conservation and has worked in the planning and development control sector for over 25 years, advising corporates and developers on the environmental impacts of their projects. David was a founding member of Natural England, the Government's statutory advisers on the natural heritage, its Deputy Chair 2011 - 2016, and a member of the Board of the UK government’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee. He was a member of the Government’s Ecosystem Markets Taskforce and is currently Chair of the Northern Upland Nature Partnership. David is Chairman of Plantlife, which promotes the conservation of plants, a Board Trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and co-founder of the NatureSpace Partnership Ltd. He is passionate about nature conservation and enjoys bird watching and wildlife photography. David was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Queens Birthday Honours for services to nature conservation and the economy.

Professor David Hill CBE
Founder, The Environment Bank & Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Trustee
Dr David Pencheon OBE

Honorary Professor at University of Exeter, Formerly Director of the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England

David is a UK trained doctor and was the founder Director of the Sustainable Development Unit [SDU] for NHS England and Public Health England, established in 2007. He left the SDU on 1st January 2018 and is an Honorary Professor and an Associate at the Medical School in the University of Exeter, UK, and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. David was previously Director of the Public Health Observatory in Cambridge from 2001 to 2007. He has worked as a clinical doctor in the NHS, a joint Director of Public Health in North Cambridgeshire, a Public Health Training Director, with the NHS R&D programme, and in rural China in the early 1990s with Save the Children Fund (UK). He has honorary chairs at University College London and University of Exeter, a visiting professorship at the University of Surrey, and was awarded the OBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for services to public health and to the NHS.

Dr David Pencheon OBE
Honorary Professor at University of Exeter, Formerly Director of the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England
Ann Jones

Chair, National Federation of Women's Institutes

Ann and her husband run a beef and sheep farm and a property letting business in the foothills of the Cambrian mountains in Llanddewi Brefi with their family. Ann was brought up on a dairy farm in Carmarthenshire and was an active member of the Young Farmers movement. She moved to Ceredigion and immediately joined Llanddewi Brefi WI. Ann has been a very active member of the WI at local, federation and national level. She was Chairman of Ceredigion federation from 2010 to 2013. Wales Chairman from 2013 to 2017, National Vice Chairman 2016 to date and National Public Affairs Chairman 2017 to date. Ann has been an Eco Team leader for the WI and named on the first green list awarded by the Welsh Assembly. Ann plays an active role in her community having been a Chairman and secretary of Llanddewi Show, community councillor and school governor.

Ann Jones
Chair, National Federation of Women's Institutes
Denise Bentley

Government advisor and Co-Founder, First Love Foundation

Denise Bentley is a respected government advisor, who advised on the National Food Strategy document. Denise is Co-Founder and CEO of First Love Foundation, a charity supporting individuals facing crisis, within Tower Hamlets & the City of London, by tackling social injustice and the root causes of poverty. Denise previously worked for a number of investment banks in Forex.

Denise Bentley
Government advisor and Co-Founder, First Love Foundation
Professor Tim Jackson

Director, Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, University of Surrey

Tim is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey, and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). CUSP builds on Tim’s vision over three decades to explore the moral, economic and social dimensions of prosperity on a finite planet. He’s served as an advisor on sustainability to numerous commercial, government and intergovernmental organisations. During five years at the Stockholm Environment Institute in the early 1990s, he pioneered the concept of preventative environmental management—a core principle of the circular economy framework—outlined in his 1996 book Material Concerns: Pollution Profit and Quality of life. From 2004 to 2011, Tim was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), where he led the Commission’s work on redefining prosperity. His work for the SDC culminated in the publication of his ground-breaking book, Prosperity Without Growth, which has subsequently been translated into 17 foreign languages. A substantially revised second edition has been published recently. In 2016, he was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership. In addition to his academic work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.

Professor Tim Jackson
Director, Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, University of Surrey
Baroness Barbara Young

Chair, Woodland Trust & Member of the House of Lords

Barbara, Baroness Young of Old Scone, is a Member of the House of Lords with special interests, among others, in the environment, agriculture, natural resources and climate change. She has been Chairman of the Woodland Trust since 2016 and was appointed the Chairman of Council at the Royal Veterinary College in July 2019.

Her other voluntary positions include Honorary President of the South Georgia Heritage Trust; Patron of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Management; and Vice President of RSPB, Bird Life International and Flora and Fauna International. She has formerly held a variety of environmental leadership roles, including Chief Executive of RSPB, Chairman of English Nature and Chief Executive of the Environment Agency.

Baroness Young has a number of honorary designations and was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2017.

Baroness Barbara Young
Chair, Woodland Trust & Member of the House of Lords
Ufi Ibrahim

Chief Executive, Energy and Environment Alliance

Ufi is a strategic business leader with over 25 years experience in the hospitality, leisure, travel, and tourism industry. She is recognised for her success in cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses, associations, and governments, particularly as Chief Executive, British Hospitality Association and Chief Operations Officer, World Travel & Tourism Council.

Ufi was instrumental in the creation of the Government-led UK Tourism Industry Council, the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy, and the establishment of the International Competitiveness Monitor for Travel & Tourism, which is now operated by the World Economic Forum and recognised as the global benchmark for policy makers and investors. Ufi has also authored many destination strategies for the development of tourism economies including Croatia, Botswana and the State of Santa Catarina in Brazil, advising on policy reform to secure greater levels of Foreign Direct Investment, Exports and Competitiveness in domestic and international markets.

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive, Energy and Environment Alliance
Sue Pritchard (ex officio)

Chief Executive, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

Sue’s background is in leading change for more sustainable futures, as a consultant, practitioner, researcher and writer. Sue has worked with businesses, governments and enterprises on their strategy, culture and leadership, for over thirty years, most recently with a focus on the delivery of major and complex government projects. Alongside a number of ‘Visiting Fellow’ and board level public appointments, Sue has relished the chance, over the years, to blend the academic and the practical, strategizing and action, for whole systems change. Sue lives on an organic, permaculture livestock farm in Wales, with her family. The farm is home to a charity, the Silver Birch Foundation, which provides education, training and development for disaffected young people, in partnership with local schools.

Sue Pritchard (ex officio)
Chief Executive, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission
Sue Pritchard

Chief Executive

Sue is the Chief Executive of FFCC and is focused on leading the organisation in its mission to bring people together to find radical and practical ways to transform our food system and improve our climate, nature, health & economy. Sue brings extensive experience working with leaders in businesses, governments and enterprises, blending the academic and the practical for sustainable systems change. Sue lives with her family on an organic, permaculture, livestock farm in Wales, which accounts for pretty much all of her time outside of FFCC, and is a grounding reminder of the gritty realities of turning ideas into workable actions.

Sue Pritchard
Chief Executive
Professor Tom MacMillan

Director of Research

Tom works part-time at the Commission alongside his other role as Elizabeth Creak Chair in Rural Policy and Strategy at the Royal Agricultural University, where he focusses on informing national and international policy relating to the land-based sector, the environment and food. Tom is also a Senior Advisor for the National Food Strategy for England.

Tom was previously Director of Innovation at the Soil Association, where he founded the Innovative Farmers network, which supports practical ‘field labs’ by farmers, and led an overhaul of organic standards.

From 2003-2011 he was Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council, which received the BBC Food & Farming Derek Cooper Award for its Food & Fairness Inquiry. He has served on various advisory groups and boards, including for the Cabinet Office’s Food Matters report, ScienceWise, the BBSRC, Sustain and the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.

He has a PhD in geography from the University of Manchester, where he investigated the use and abuse of science in food regulation.

Professor Tom MacMillan
Director of Research
Rebecca Renfro

Director of External Relations

Rebecca is a stakeholder, marketing and communications specialist with experience across the creative industries, higher education, arts, and charity sectors. She began her career in public relations, but has specialised over the years into developing brand narratives, advocacy and communications strategies for purpose-led organisations. She worked for many years at Channel 4 and then moved to working in higher education and for a range of charities including the Dartington Trust. She is particularly interested in how to build a community around an organisation so that they develop a shared purpose and mission.

Rebecca Renfro
Director of External Relations
Tom Burston

Director of Policy and Research

Tom is the Deputy Director of FFCC and leads the Policy and Research team, developing practical policy recommendations that respond to the urgent and interconnected challenges of our climate, nature and health crises.

Tom’s work is driven by his understanding of how real development and sustainable change happens through informed planning and building trusting relationships. Tom brings experience of working with development agencies around the world, embracing different perspectives in order to find shared interest and common cause.

When Tom is not working, you will find him in the Northumbrian hills with his wife and their two children. Tom is a huge fan of Northumberland and is vice Chair of Alwinton Border Shepherds’ Show, the north of England’s premier hill-farming show.

Tom Burston
Director of Policy and Research
Kenny McCarthy

Programmes and Partnerships Lead

Kenny has a wealth of experience in managing complex projects and delivering programmes of work focused on accelerating the transition to a more connected, purposeful and thriving world. He is driven by collaboration and fostering human centred ways of working together to deliver change. Prior to joining the FFCC, Kenny worked for the RSA, Drugscope and Action Hampshire. His work has included a focus on sustainability, systems thinking and wellbeing. Kenny holds a BSc in social and cultural anthropology and is accredited in Agile Project Management. He is curious about the space where inner and outer change meet - currently training in counselling, holding certificates in person centred counselling, integrative group process and prosocial facilitation.

Kenny McCarthy
Programmes and Partnerships Lead
Tony Greenham

Finance Director and Company Secretary

Tony is Executive Director of South West Mutual, a regional mutual challenger bank serving the south west of England and focused on financing a just transition to a low carbon economy. He is also an adviser on sustainability to Lion Trust Asset Management and a Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab.

He was previously Director of Economics at the RSA and Associate Director, Finance and Economics at the New Economics Foundation. His publications include ‘People Powered Prosperity’, ‘Where Does Money Come From?’ and ‘The British Business Bank: Creating good sustainable jobs’. Tony’s early career was in the City as a chartered accountant and investment banker with Barclays and Credit Suisse.

Tony Greenham
Finance Director and Company Secretary
Jane Campbell

Digital and Events Manager

Jane is a digital communications and events specialist who joined the FFCC to help change the narrative around food and farming in the UK, and create a just transition to a society in which people and nature nurture each other.

She draws inspiration from her work creating digital supporter journeys within the climate movement, designing adventure festival events programmes that shifted the outdoors industry towards meaningful environmental action, and developing digital user experiences and engagement for the Wildlife Trusts.

Jane is a story-teller, a life-enthusiast and a fan of minimalist journeys in the wild, who thrives on human connection and communal action. She can often be found foraging in a local hedgerow, wallowing in the river Derwent or scrambling up a gritstone edge.

Jane Campbell
Digital and Events Manager
Professor Tim Jackson
Chair, Research Advisory Group

University of Surrey

Tim is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey, and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). CUSP builds on Tim’s vision over three decades to explore the moral, economic and social dimensions of prosperity on a finite planet. He’s served as an advisor on sustainability to numerous commercial, government and intergovernmental organisations. During five years at the Stockholm Environment Institute in the early 1990s, he pioneered the concept of preventative environmental management—a core principle of the circular economy framework—outlined in his 1996 book Material Concerns: Pollution Profit and Quality of life. From 2004 to 2011, Tim was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), where he led the Commission’s work on redefining prosperity. His work for the SDC culminated in the publication of his ground-breaking book, Prosperity Without Growth, which has subsequently been translated into 17 foreign languages. A substantially revised second edition has been published recently. In 2016, he was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership. In addition to his academic work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.

Professor Tim Jackson
Chair, Research Advisory Group
University of Surrey
Professor Ian Bateman OBE
Research Advisory Group

University of Exeter

Ian J. Bateman OBE, FRSA, FRSB, is Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) at the University of Exeter Business School, UK. Ian has been awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award and is a Member of the Natural Capital Committee (reporting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer) and the Board of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. He led the economics team for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK-NEA) and leads NERC SWEEP programme bringing together business and policy decision makers with research experts to examine natural environment and economic issues.

Professor Ian Bateman OBE
Research Advisory Group
University of Exeter
Professor Lorna Dawson CBE
Research Advisory Group

James Hutton Institute

Professor Lorna Dawson is co-lead in the Food, Farming and Countryside devolved Scotland inquiry and member of the Research Advisory Group. Lorna graduated with a BSc in Geography, Edinburgh and PhD in Soil Science, Aberdeen. She is currently Principal Scientist and Head of Forensic Soil Science at the James Hutton Institute, Visiting Professor at RGU, Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the Institute of British Soil Scientists, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also an Advisor with the National Crime Agency, Expert Witness, holding diplomas in civil and criminal law and has worked on over 150 cases with police, agencies, and lawyers across the UK and overseas. She has published over 100 scientific papers, sits on the BAS General Committee, and holds a diploma in Science Communication. She is Science Advisor and KE Lead for the Environment for SEFARI (Scottish Environment Food Agriculture Research Institutes) and she sits on the Environment Protection Scotland Land Quality Expert Advisory Group.

Professor Lorna Dawson CBE
Research Advisory Group
James Hutton Institute
Professor Tim Benton
Research Advisory Group

Chatham House

Tim Benton leads the Energy, Environment and Resources programme at Chatham House. He joined Chatham House in 2016 as a distinguished visiting fellow, when he was also dean of strategic research initiatives at the University of Leeds, where he still remains a professor.

From 2011-2016 he was the “champion” of the UK’s Global Food Security programme which was a multi-agency partnership of the UK’s public bodies (government departments, devolved governments and research councils) with an interest in the challenges around food.

He has worked with UK governments, the EU and G20. He has been a global agenda steward of the World Economic Forum, and is an author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Food, Land and Climate (2019), and the UK’s Climate Change Risk Assessment.

Professor Tim Benton
Research Advisory Group
Chatham House
Professor Tim Lang
Research Advisory Group

City University of London

Tim Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City University of London’s Centre for Food Policy since 2002. Hill farming in Lancashire UK in the 1970s formed his interest in the relationship between food, health, environment, culture and political economy. He is co-author of Sustainable Diets (2017), Food Wars (2015), Unmanageable Consumer (2015), Ecological Public Health (2012) and Food Policy (2009). He was policy lead on the EAT-Lancet Commission (The Lancet, 2019). His Feeding Britain (Pelican, 2020) explores the UK as a case study of a rich economy uncertain about food security. Probing the UK food system’s defences, supply, consumption and capacities, it concludes that, whichever risks are dissected, sustainability, health and social justice should be central to policy and planning, which they have not been.

Professor Tim Lang
Research Advisory Group
City University of London
Professor Janet Dwyer
Research Advisory Group

University of Gloucestershire

Janet is Professor of Rural Policy and Director of Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI). Janet joined the CCRI in 2002 after working for more than a decade in a government agency and an independent policy think-tank. She was awarded the title of Professor of Rural Policy in 2010 and became Director of the CCRI in 2013.

Janet directs and undertakes research related to agriculture, the environment and rural development. Her research expertise centres on European and UK rural development policy and practice, with particular interest in integrated approaches, environmental sustainability and institutional adaptation. Janet is well-known in policymaking circles in the UK and EU, has skills in facilitation and consensus-building, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a founder and steering group member of the Uplands Alliance, and an active member of the UK Agricultural Economics Society.

Professor Janet Dwyer
Research Advisory Group
University of Gloucestershire
Professor Monder Ram OBE
Research Advisory Group

Aston Business School

Professor Monder Ram OBE is the Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME). He is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subjects and has extensive experience of working in and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses. Monder is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences, and advises the government on the importance and value of ethnic minority businesses through his position on the APPG for BAME Business Owners. He also holds visiting positions at Warwick University and the University of Turku.

Professor Monder Ram OBE
Research Advisory Group
Aston Business School
Professor Michael Winter OBE
Research Advisory Group

University of Exeter

Michael is a rural policy specialist and social scientist with particular interests in applying inter-disciplinary approaches to policy-relevant research and in direct engagement in the policy process. His current research focuses on sustainable agro-food systems and food security; the historical and contemporary sociology of west-country agriculture; and the impact of COVID on the UK food system. He is a board member of Natural England, the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Rothamsted Research. He chairs a DEFRA social science expert panel on ELM, is a member of Natural England's Landscape Advisory Panel, and chairs the Devon Local Nature Partnership. Previous appointments include: Visiting Programme Director in Food Security at Wilton Park (Foreign Office), member of Defra’s Panel of Agricultural & Environmental Economists, the National Ecosystem Assessment Expert Panel, DEFRA’s Science Advisory Council, and a Commissioner for the Commission for Rural Communities from its inception in 2006 until its abolition in 2013. In 2008-09 he vice-chaired an inquiry into the future for the uplands reporting to the Prime Minister.

Professor Michael Winter OBE
Research Advisory Group
University of Exeter
Professor Kevin Morgan
Research Advisory Group

University of Cardiff

Kevin Morgan is Professor of Governance and Development in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, where he is also Dean of Engagement. Kevin’s research interests revolve around multilevel governance, urban and regional development and sustainable food systems. He is the co-author of Worlds of Food: Place, Power and Provenance in the Food Chain (Oxford University Press) and The School Food Revolution: Public Food and the Challenge of Sustainable Development (Routledge). In addition to his academic work, Kevin is actively involved in the worlds of policy and practice, having been the founding chair of the Bristol Food Policy Council and a former member of the Food Ethics Council.

Professor Kevin Morgan
Research Advisory Group
University of Cardiff
Professor Michael Lee
Research Advisory Group

Harper Adams University

Professor Michael Lee is an expert in sustainable livestock systems, defining their role in securing global food security at the same time as protecting environmental health (Livestock’s role in human and planetary health). He graduated with first class honours in Animal Science from University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1997 and gained a PhD in ruminant nutrition (protein and energy metabolism) from the University of Aberdeen in 2001. Michael is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor of Harper Adams University. Previously, he held a joint appointment between Rothamsted Research and the University of Bristol as Head of Site at North Wyke and Chair in Sustainable Livestock Systems. He has published over 300 research articles and papers including recent articles in Nature and Science. He was awarded the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize in 2015 for services to Animal Science. He is currently President of the European Federation of Animals Sciences Livestock Farming Systems commission and Vice President of the British Society of Animal Science.

Professor Michael Lee
Research Advisory Group
Harper Adams University
Patrick Casement
Northern Ireland inquiry

Chair

Patrick Casement chairs the FFCC inquiry in Northern Ireland. Originally an animal ecologist, Patrick ran his family’s beef and sheep farm near Ballycastle for 30 years before returning to environmental work. He has been Chairman of the National Trust in N.Ireland, Chair of the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside, and Chair of Northern Ireland Environment Link. He serves on the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs’ Expert Working Group on Sustainable Land Management, and is also a member of Steering Groups for the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site and the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership.

Patrick Casement
Northern Ireland inquiry
Chair
John Woods
Northern Ireland inquiry

Secretariat

John Woods provides the secretariat for the Food, Farming & Countryside Commission in Northern Ireland. He is a public policy consultant with a particular focus on sustainability and wellbeing. Recent work has included the Carnegie-QUB Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland, work on community planning for local authorities and the future of health and social care. For his work on environmental issues in Northern Ireland he was named by the Independent on Sunday as one of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists.

John is a Belfast Climate Commissioner, a Lay Magistrate, an Independent Assessor for the Commissioner for Public Appointments, a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast and a Fellow of the RSA. In his spare time he is an enthusiastic grower of fruit and vegetables.

John Woods
Northern Ireland inquiry
Secretariat
Professor Lorna Dawson CBE
Scotland inquiry

Co-chair

Professor Lorna Dawson is co-lead in the Food, Farming and Countryside devolved Scotland inquiry. She also sits on the Research Advisory Group. Lorna graduated with a BSc in Geography, Edinburgh and PhD in Soil Science, Aberdeen. She is currently Principal Scientist and Head of Forensic Soil Science at the James Hutton Institute, Visiting Professor at RGU, Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the Institute of British Soil Scientists, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also an Advisor with the National Crime Agency, Expert Witness, holding diplomas in civil and criminal law and has worked on over 150 cases with police, agencies, and lawyers across the UK and overseas. She has published over 100 scientific papers, sits on the BAS General Committee, and holds a diploma in Science Communication. She is Science Advisor and KE Lead for the Environment for SEFARI (Scottish Environment Food Agriculture Research Institutes) and she sits on the Environment Protection Scotland Land Quality Expert Advisory Group.

Professor Lorna Dawson CBE
Scotland inquiry
Co-chair
David Fursdon
Devon inquiry

Chair

Our inquiry in Devon is led by FFCC Commissioner and Devonian David Fursdon. David is a qualified rural chartered surveyor with a background in private practice and consultancy for both large and small farms and Estates for both landlords and tenants. Currently Chair of Beeswax Dyson Farming Ltd and a Trustee of the National Trust, he is interested in the interaction between commercial farming, society and the environment. He has run his own diversified family business in Devon and had roles as a Crown Estate Commissioner, an English Heritage Commissioner and as President of the CLA. He has championed new entrants in agriculture, chairing the Government sponsored 'Future of Farming' Review. He chaired the SW Rural Productivity Commission for the Chairs of the four SW LEPs. He is a Trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, a Rural Committee member of the Duchy of Cornwall, and is also Lord Lieutenant of Devon.

David Fursdon
Devon inquiry
Chair
Julia Aglionby
Cumbria inquiry

Chair

Julia chairs the Cumbria Inquiry as Professor in Practice at the University of Cumbria. Other 'hats' include; Executive Director of the Foundation for Common Land, Chair of the Uplands Alliance and she is a practicing Rural Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer. Julia was a Board Member of Natural England from 2014 - 2019. She worked from 1993-2001 as an environmental economist on National Park projects in Indonesia and the Philippines. Julia has a keen interest in land tenure and her PhD was entitled Governance of Common Land in National Parks: Plurality and Purpose.

Julia lives in the Eden Valley, Cumbria with her family at Susan's Farm; an organic Care Farm of which she is a Trustee and where she enjoys working on the farm.

Julia Aglionby
Cumbria inquiry
Chair
Hannah Field
Cumbria inquiry

Co-ordinator

Hannah grew up in Rochester, Kent and has spent the last 10 years in Cumbria, beginning with her studies at the University of Cumbria gaining a BSc (Hons) in Animal Conservation Science and then, in 2019, her PGDip Ecosystem Services Evaluation. Hannah is currently a PhD Student at the University, researching how diverse perspectives and values in land management can be brought together for social and ecological benefit through place-based decision-making.

During this time, Hannah has worked for Forestry England in communications and visitor experience and runs her own business. She is an artist and tutor in wool crafts, designs and teaches nature-based and regenerative livelihood programmes and helps with horticulture and livestock on a permaculture smallholding. Hannah weaves together practical experience and academic knowledge to inform her research and practice.

Building relationships with the land threads Hannah’s life through fell-walking, mountaineering, lake swimming and gardening, always with collie-dog Nova.

Hannah Field
Cumbria inquiry
Co-ordinator
Marg Mayne
Independent non-executive director

Treasurer

Marg is currently Chief Executive of Mytime Active, a social enterprise focused on improving the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Marg has always been committed to social progress and supporting organisations to achieve their social objectives by applying commercial disciplines. She enjoys the challenge of managing both aspects to create a better world in a way that can be financially sustained.

Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant, her early career was as a finance professional, later Finance Director, for two leading Housing Associations during a decade of rapid growth in that sector. Marg then moved to the British Council as the Director of Finance and Resources globally. In 2008, Marg took up the role of Chief Executive of VSO, the international development NGO that works through volunteers.

Marg has held a range of non-executive board roles including Chair. She is currently Treasurer of Community Leisure UK as well being on the Board of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission.

Marg Mayne
Independent non-executive director
Treasurer
Will Frazer
Northern Ireland inquiry

GrowIN Project Manager

Will Frazer is a new entrant farmer from Northern Ireland and has recently returned there to take on the management of the family farm, aiming to establish a new horticultural enterprise and transition from intensive grassland systems to a more regenerative set of enterprises.

Over the past five years he has been representing the business interests of 1100 farms in Gloucestershire for the National Farmers Union and prior to that Will spent four years in the farming press at Farmers Weekly. He started his career at Forum for the Future developing advice on farming and climate change for the Farming Futures project. Will holds a Master's degree in Geography from the University of Bristol and in 2014 completed a 15,000 mile cycling journey around the world.

Will Frazer
Northern Ireland inquiry
GrowIN Project Manager
Dr Courtney Scott
(Maternity Leave)

Programme Lead: Food and Health

Courtney is a food and nutrition policy expert who is passionate about ensuring everyone has enough food that is good for us, good for farmers and good for the planet. Prior to joining the Commission, she was Research and Policy Advisor at the Food Foundation and worked on nutrition and public health research and advocacy in the US and Belgium.

She began her career as a Registered Dietitian (United States) and earned her masters in public health nutrition at the University of California – Berkeley. In 2017 she completed her PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, studying nutrition policy governance.

Courtney is an unabashed local fruit and vegetable enthusiast, a campaigner for nutrition in the early years and preventing food insecurity, and her Californian roots show often.

Dr Courtney Scott
(Maternity Leave)
Programme Lead: Food and Health
Dr Jim Scown

Programme Co-Lead Farming Transition

Jim works part time in the Commission, sharing the leadership of the Farming Transition work with Emily Linton. Jim comes to the Commission having completed a PhD in Environmental Humanities at Cardiff University and the University of Bristol. This research examined the changing understanding and use of soils over the last two-hundred years, with a particular focus on the mid-nineteenth century. He is based in Bristol and spends plenty of time in his native Cornwall.

Jim combines his work with the Commission with a role as a researcher on Cardiff University’s ScienceHumanities Initiative. He is also a member of the Agroecology Research Network at the University of Bristol. During his PhD, Jim worked with the Soil Association, writing a piece for their 75th anniversary on our changing attitudes to soil. Prior to his doctoral study, Jim taught English at the Hunan Institute of Engineering in China and worked as a lifeguard on the beaches of North Cornwall, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Dr Jim Scown
Programme Co-Lead Farming Transition
Emily Linton

Programme Co-Lead Farming Transition

Emily works part time at FFCC, sharing the leadership of the Farming Transition work programme with Dr Jim Scown.

Emily was awarded a Batchelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Bristol in 2006 and has over 15 years’ experience working as a farm animal veterinary surgeon. She also gained a certificate in cattle health and production from the University of Liverpool in 2015. Emily has developed strong working relationships with the farmers she visits on a regular basis and believes this first-hand experience will help her bring practical solutions to the challenges ahead. She continues to work 2 days a week as a practising farm vet throughout Devon and Cornwall.

In 2021, Emily was invited to join the Oxford Farming Conference’s Inspire programme which has allowed her to engage with a diverse group of people from across the farming sector. She thrives on motivating others and enjoys communicating with a wide range of stakeholders, believing all voices need to be heard and considered to bring about lasting and widespread change.

Emily lives with her husband and 2 young children on the Devon/Cornwall border and enjoys running the coastal paths and windsurfing whenever time and conditions allow. She is also a volunteer medic for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

Emily Linton
Programme Co-Lead Farming Transition
Joanna Stickler
(Maternity Leave)

Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive

Joanna provides support to the Chief Executive and to the Commission's Board, and is working with the team to assist the FFCC’s transition to an independent charitable organisation.

With a background in operations management, Joanna joined the FFCC from the Royal Household and has a wealth of experience in events and hospitality, alongside supporting senior executives.



Joanna Stickler
(Maternity Leave)
Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive
Professor Nigel D Scollan
Research Advisory Group

Institute of Global Food Security, Queens University Belfast

Nigel Scollan is Director of The Institute for Global Food Security and Professor of Animal Science at Queens University, Belfast. The Institute addresses key challenges around paradigm shifts in agricultural practices. global food integrity and nutritional challenges of the twenty-first century.

Professor Scollan conducted his PhD at The University of Edinburgh, followed by a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada before joining Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, Aberystwyth in 1993 and subsequently Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) Aberystwyth University in 2008. He held a numbers of posts at IBERS including Waitrose Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Professor of Public Engagement with Science at Aberystwyth University, group leader Animal Systems and Director of Enterprise.

Professor Scollan’s research is primarily related to designing improved systems for ruminant livestock, through the use of improved nutrition and genetics to enhance the sustainability and efficiency of the production systems. Improving nutritional quality is an important aspect of the research. Professor Scollan works closely with producers and other key stakeholders across value chains.

Nigel is a Past President of the British Society of Animal Science, a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society in the UK and a Director of the Oxford Farming Conference.

Professor Nigel D Scollan
Research Advisory Group
Institute of Global Food Security, Queens University Belfast
Professor Rt Hon Carwyn Jones

Former First Minister of Wales and Professor of Law, Aberystwyth University

Professor Rt Hon Carwyn Jones retired as First Minister of Wales in December 2018 and brings with him extensive expertise as a leader and advisor. As First Minister, he led a government that introduced landmark legislation including the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act and Well-being of Future Generations Act, and prior to that he was Wales’s Environment Minister. As a seasoned politician and speaker he has been involved in events at the United States Congress, The United Nations, European Parliament, European Commission and more. Stepping down from his parliamentary duties in March 2021, he is now developing a new portfolio, in broadcasting, business and public life. A fluent Welsh speaker, his early career was spent as a barrister specialising in criminal, family and personal injury law and he is now a Professor of Law at Aberystwyth University.

Professor Rt Hon Carwyn Jones
Former First Minister of Wales and Professor of Law, Aberystwyth University
Dawn Austwick OBE

Chief Executive, National Lottery Community Fund

Dawn Austwick OBE has been the Chief Executive of the National Lottery Community Fund since 2013, overseeing the distribution of £600 million of funding to communities across the UK each year, including the creation of the Fund’s £100 million Climate Action Fund. Prior to the National Lottery, she was the Chief Executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation from 2005, and, before that, had established her reputation in the museum sector having been the Deputy Director of the British Museum, led reviews of English Heritage, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery for government and as Project Director oversaw the creation of Tate Modern. She is currently on the board of a range of organisations including the Kiln Theatre, the National Lottery Forum, London Marathon, University of Bath Institute of Policy Research, and the Rand Foundation, among others.

Dawn Austwick OBE
Chief Executive, National Lottery Community Fund
Kate Hamilton
Wales inquiry

Facilitator

Kate facilitates the Wales inquiry alongside other roles as the Programme Director for Renew Wales and member of the Woodland Strategy Advisory Panel to Welsh Government. As a geographer by background she has always been fascinated by the relationship between people, place and nature.

Kate spent 20 years working in international development as a practitioner, researcher and adviser – loving the diverse experiences and multi-cultural worldview this offered but struggling to justify the some of the ethics and the carbon footprint it entailed – before settling in Wales to carve out a closer-to-home way of life. Since being in Wales she’s worked across the Wellbeing of Future Generations agenda, including developing the evidence base around woodlands and wellbeing, teaching permaculture design to adult learners for Aberystwyth University, and a year providing policy analysis for the Future Generations Commissioner.

Kate lives in rural Snowdonia where she enjoys being surrounded by epic landscapes and challenging weather whilst trying to eke a productive food plot out of a very reluctant garden. She is also a fanatical knitter, seamstress, and enthusiast for all things fibre and fabric.

Kate Hamilton
Wales inquiry
Facilitator
Genevieve Agaba

Programme Lead: Place-based Inquiries and Devon Inquiry Coordinator

Genevieve joined FFCC in 2021 and leads the place-based strand of work across the four nations of the UK, which aims to understand local needs and priorities relating to food, farming, and the countryside and how national policies ‘land’ in different settings. Through meaningful and sustained engagement with stakeholders at different scales and from different sectors, the aim is to transition to a food system based on agroecological principles that meets societal needs without further environmental degradation.

Before joining FFCC, Genevieve was working on international research projects, with a focus on food and water security in the tropics, while employed at the University of Southampton, Bangor University, and the World Agroforestry Centre. Alongside research, she was teaching MSc students and supervising dissertation projects for 10 years. Her main area of expertise during this time was studying local agroecological knowledge and its utility in natural resource management. Understanding local contexts before designing interventions has been, and continues to be, a central part of her work.

She runs a small charity called Wamumbi Orphan Care Foundation that operates in Kenya and provides outreach services to orphaned children, taking a holistic approach to improving their wellbeing and life prospects. This grew out of connections made during her MSc dissertation looking at biodiversity and ecosystem services of coffee agroforestry systems in Kenya, while studying for an MSc in International Natural Resource Development at Bangor University. Her undergraduate degree was in Anthropology at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

Genevieve grew up in Cornwall, lived in North Wales for many years, and is now based in Devon.

Genevieve Agaba
Programme Lead: Place-based Inquiries and Devon Inquiry Coordinator
Dr Alison Caffyn

Senior Researcher: Land Use

Alison is leading FFCC’s work on Land Use. She has worked with many rural communities to develop plans and strategies as a research consultant specialising in rural regeneration, outdoor recreation and tourism development.

Alison joined FFCC in 2021 having completed a PhD in Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. Her research explored controversies around intensive poultry farming developments in Herefordshire and Shropshire. Earlier in her career she lectured on rural planning and tourism management at the University of Birmingham and has worked in Scotland and Cumbria. She has been an adviser for the National Trust (Midlands) and is a member of the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership. Alison is passionate about nurturing and enhancing sense of place and finding ways in which local people, businesses, wildlife and visitors can all benefit from more place-based approaches.

Away from work Alison is often found on forest walks with her dog or tending her vegetable plot.

Dr Alison Caffyn
Senior Researcher: Land Use
Alice Midmer
Cambridgeshire inquiry

Co-ordinator

Alice joined FFCC in 2021 to coordinate the East of England enquiry. Alice organises activities and investigations in the east, as the FFCC gets to grips with the challenges, opportunities and levers of change in the area.

Alice has worked in the agricultural sector for a number of years, predominately with farmers as they adapt to changes, look to more environmental methods and work collaboratively. Through her 7 years at LEAF, Alice has experience bringing stakeholders together and promoting the benefits of agro-ecological practices and integrated farming. More recently, Alice’s work at the Small Robot Company has looked at the role of technology in the future of farming.

Alice has an MSc in Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate from University of Warwick and is currently studying part time for an MBA at Cranfield University, whilst working for the FFCC and getting involved in a few other projects across the industry. When not working, Alice will be found outside walking, running or on a horse, with or without spaniel Sid. Alice grew up in London, was based in Warwickshire for many years and now lives in South Cambridgeshire.

Alice Midmer
Cambridgeshire inquiry
Co-ordinator
Madeleine Penkett

Communications Assistant

Madeleine works in the communications team supporting the Digital and Events Manager and Director of External Relations.

Madeleine has a background in the education sector and a BSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the University of Leeds.

Madeleine Penkett
Communications Assistant
Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE
Cambridgeshire inquiry

Co-chair

Our inquiry in Cambridgeshire is co-chaired by FFCC Commissioner Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE. Fiona is Chair of the National Audit Office, coming to the role after a long career in the voluntary sector, latterly as Director-General of the National Trust from 2001 to 2012 and Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge from 2012 to 2022. During her time as DG she made the Trust warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside.

Before this, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office from 1998 to 2000, Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) from 1987 to 1998 and Secretary to the Council for National Parks (now Campaign to Protect National Parks) from 1980 to 1987.

Fiona also holds a number of non-Executive roles. She is a Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, Chair of the Green Alliance, the International National Trusts Organisation, the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden. A Member of the Advisory Panel for the Dasgupta Review of the Economics of Biodiversity. She was a Panel Member for the Glover Review of Protected Landscapes and Adviser to the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE
Cambridgeshire inquiry
Co-chair
Gavin Shelton
Cambridgeshire inquiry

Co-chair

Gavin has spent the last 25 years leading, developing and advising community-based organisations, NGO’s, social enterprises and sustainable development organisations around the world.

This has included leading adventurous and scientific youth expeditions to polar, desert, rainforest and mountainous environments and running cross-cultural youth exchange; outdoor education and community-based development programmes.

Much of Gavin’s career has been spent bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders to collaborate on solving seemingly intractable sustainable development challenges, such as biodiversity loss. At Fauna & Flora International, Gavin conceived and co-founded the first global, open online community dedicated to conservation technology - WILDLABS. For Raleigh International, Gavin established and led a new country operation in India, as Country Director.

Gavin is currently setting up a new charitable group - CoFarm - which aims to reposition agroecological food and farming at the heart of communities across the UK. The first ‘co-farming’ pilot farm is in Cambridge, where Gavin lives with his wife, two children and family dog, Wilf. He (Gavin!) is a Fellow of the RSA and of the Royal Geographical Society and chairs the Partnership Board of Cambridge Sustainable Food.

Gavin Shelton
Cambridgeshire inquiry
Co-chair
Chris Nott
Wales inquiry

Chair

Chris Nott is a founder of Capital Law and a director of the firm’s integrated HR management consultancy, Capital People. Since founding Capital Law in 2006, Chris has seen it grow to over 180 employees, with a turnover of over £12million. He has been a commercial lawyer for nearly 40 years, working mainly on business disputes, such as a £100m claim by employees against their former CEO who had misappropriated their shares, and advising Cardiff City on issues arising following the crash of Emiliano Sala.

In 2016, he developed Capital Dispute Finance, a £50m fund to enable Capital’s clients to finance litigation. For this, Capital was highly commended by The Financial Times Innovation Awards, The Lawyer, and The Legal Week, and won the Cardiff Business Award.

An active supporter of the Welsh business community, Chris received an OBE for services to Business and Economic Development in Wales. Formerly 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; he is currently Chair of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission’s Wales inquiry.

Chris is also a director of Cardiff Rugby, and a founder of Knife and Fork Food Ltd and of the Cambrian, Adelboden.

Chris Nott
Wales inquiry
Chair
Vicente Macia-Kjaer

Programme Coordinator

Vicente is a member of the research team who supports Land Use and Food & Health work programmes. He is also pursuing an independent research project focusing on county farms.

He is a graduate of the Anthropology of Food MA at SOAS and holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. In his spare time he tends a vegetable and flower garden on his balcony.

Vicente Macia-Kjaer
Programme Coordinator
Anna Cura
(Maternity Leave)

Senior Researcher: Food & Health

Anna is a zoologist with a Master’s degree in biodiversity conservation from the University of Oxford, and has 10 years’ experience in both the forestry and agrifood sectors, as a consultant and researcher.

Prior to joining the Commission, she was Lead Systems Strategist at the Food Ethics Council, bringing her expertise on systems change, complexity, framing and the power of language. Her work focused on building and using the food citizenship framework to tackle hunger and hardship in the UK. Previous roles have taken her across four continents, from studying farmer-wildlife conflicts in South Africa, to working on organic (teikei) farms in Japan. She speaks fluent French and Spanish.

When she is not talking about food, she drags her husband to watch her latest theatre play or sews ethical fashion using her grandma’s 1930’s treadle sewing machine!

Anna Cura
(Maternity Leave)
Senior Researcher: Food & Health
Tania Lemmey
Cumbria inquiry

Project Officer

Tania is a Northumbrian living in Cumbria with interests in lifelong learning, environmental and social issues and practical applications of research. Her professional background is in teaching, training and outdoor education and more recently in research, development and communication.

Alongside project work for FFCC, Tania works as a Development Officer for University of Cumbria’s Centre for National Parks & Protected Areas and a Personal Tutor for Project Management Degree Apprenticeships.

Taking a scientific path initially and holding a BSc in Physics, Tania later completed the PGCE, PG Dip Outdoor Education and MA Outdoor & Experiential Learning. Her recent projects include researching connection with nature in the UK during the initial coronavirus lockdown; exploring community nature engagement practice in Cumbria; and evaluating impacts of a holiday activities and food programme for children experiencing disadvantage.

Tania Lemmey
Cumbria inquiry
Project Officer
Genevieve Agaba
Devon inquiry

Coordinator

Genevieve joined FFCC in 2021 and coordinates the Devon inquiry, as well as leading the place-based strand of work across the English inquiries, which aims to understand local needs and priorities relating to food, farming, and the countryside and how national policies land in different settings.

Before joining FFCC, Genevieve was working on international research projects, with a focus on food and water security in the tropics, while employed at the University of Southampton, Bangor University, and the World Agroforestry Centre. Alongside research, she was teaching MSc students and supervising dissertation projects for 10 years. Her main area of expertise during this time was studying local agroecological knowledge and its utility in natural resource management. Understanding local contexts before designing interventions has been, and continues to be, a central part of her work.

She runs a small charity called Wamumbi Orphan Care Foundation that operates in Kenya and provides outreach services to orphaned children, taking a holistic approach to improving their wellbeing and life prospects. This grew out of connections made during her MSc dissertation looking at biodiversity and ecosystem services of coffee agroforestry systems in Kenya, while studying for an MSc in International Natural Resource Development at Bangor University. Her undergraduate degree was in Anthropology at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

Genevieve grew up in Cornwall, lived in North Wales for many years, and is now based in Devon.

Genevieve Agaba
Devon inquiry
Coordinator
Jon Parker
FFCC Wales

Director for Wales

Jon Parker is Director of FFCC Wales. He’s spent 25 years working in the agri-food, fisheries and aquaculture sectors with the Welsh Devlelopment Agency and Welsh Government before leaving to set up CamNesa Consulting in 2011.

Most recently Jon has been CEO at one of Wales’s oldest environment charities, The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, where he has taken the organisation through a full strategic review and set the foundations for incorporation. Having just stood down as Industry Panel Chair for Seafish Industry Authority after six years, Jon brings board level experience within a UK non-governmental public body.

Outside FFCC, Jon leads on advocacy for Aquaculture Industry Wales trade consortium and manages a 30 acre holding with his partner and daughter in Ceredigion.

Jon Parker
FFCC Wales
Director for Wales
Maddy Teasdale
Cumbria inquiry

Project Officer, Upland Farmer Toolkit

Maddy is from a farming family that has farmed in the Lake District for 200 years and has lived and worked on upland farms there and in Scotland. After leaving school Maddy studied Countryside Management and worked as a Countryside Warden for the National Trust. She has always encouraged balancing farming with good environmental management and is keen to ensure upland farming and rural communities remain vibrant and sustainable for the future.

Maddy now works with her husband running Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, which works with farmers and landowners to improve habitats and biodiversity with the aim of helping their businesses become more resilience to the future changes in farming. She has trained in Holistic Land Management and they keep some animals including cattle, pigs, hens, and bees.

Maddy Teasdale
Cumbria inquiry
Project Officer, Upland Farmer Toolkit
Han Boxall

Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive

Han is covering Joanna's maternity leave as Executive Assistant to Sue.

They have an MSci in Zoology and previously worked for the Environment Agency. Han spent most of last year as a 'grower' at Brithdir Mawr community and to complement their environmental interests they are also a keen rock climber!

Han Boxall
Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive