I have worked in food and farming since the mid-80s starting as an urban gardener then market gardener and later as a sole trader selling organic food to households and community groups. During the mid-90s, whilst studying permaculture and practicing community development, I joined a small team to redevelop the British Permaculture Association. We reinstated the annual national convergence, reinvigorated local groups and built a new brand that is still in use today.
I joined OF&G as the R&D officer working with licensees and sector stakeholders. I’m now OF&G Business Development Manager, which also involves managing our media communications. I am the event director for National Organic Combinable Crops (NOCC). Attracting around 200 people every year NOCC provides a platform to engage with the challenges and opportunities facing low input food production. There is always plenty of informed discussion, practical demonstrations and a chance to meet new people and catch up with old friends. Experience has shown me that sustainable development must be an attractive proposition for people to invest resources. Promoting positive stories and sharing best practice is the most effective way of communicating values and building dialogues.
I have a diploma in music technology and sound recording and have been in a number of musical combos. Though it has been a while since I regularly went out on the performance circuit I would consider engagements, especially if the rider includes comfy furnishings and excellent tea!