My primary role currently is to support Defra in the development of the new Environmental Land Management System which aims to replace existing farm support mechanisms within the European Common Agricultural Policy. This role I have recently taken on as a secondment from Natural England where I have been leading a programme of work to support reform across Natural England to deliver resilient landscapes across the farmed environment.
From 2005 until 2016 I have worked firstly as a catchment officer then as the National Technical Lead for the England wide Catchment Sensitive Farming Project. This project aims to work with farmers and across the whole agricultural sector to reduce the risk of pollution in water and recently in air. The project focusses effort on the most sensitive of catchments in terms of the environment, water resources, and human health. See link to the Catchment Sensitive Farming project in below signature.
From 2000 – 2005 I was an agri-environment adviser in the English Counties of Dorset, Devon and Somerset. Which culminated in my managing a team of advisers deploying funding through the Common Agricultural Policy to work with land managers supporting sustainable farming, farmland biodiversity conservation, public access and engagement, protecting the historic environment and resource protection.
Prior to 2000 I worked in South West Queensland, Australia initially as a Land Protections Officer then as a regional Nature Conservation planner. These roles included engaging stakeholders from across the region in Nature Conservation and agreeing a strategy in the whole rural environment as well as leading action on mitigating soil erosion risks and controlling noxious weeds and animal pests.
I am an Australian citizen and undertook my University qualifications at the University of Queensland where I focussed on managing Natural Systems and Soil Science. Followed by further education on adult learning and agricultural systems.
I currently live in Somerset, England with my wife and two children and spend most of my non work time watching my boys chasing footballs around the damp playing fields of Southern England.”