With over 40 years’ experience in the farming and environment sector Caroline has been running LEAF since it began in 1991. Her work is dedicated to securing more sustainable farming practices and positive action to address climate change, through nature-based solutions, circular agriculture including Integrated Farm Management (IFM), whilst building better public trust and understanding of farming, food, health and the environment. These are values that she is personally extremely passionate about. Caroline is actively involved in a wide range of government and industry partnerships and initiatives across the UK, Europe and Worldwide.
She has been involved in the instigation and development of innovative dissemination and farm management tools, including the LEAF Network of Demonstration Farms and Innovation Centres, LEAF Audit (now LEAF Sustainable Farming Review (LSFR)) research into practice and the development of the environmental farm assurance standard, LEAF Marque. She specializes in collaborative and facilitation processes to deliver change among farmers and a full range of stakeholders, including researchers and industry and more recently the public through LEAF Open Farm Sunday. With a strong background in practical farming, she has developed additional strategic partnerships and opportunities, including the creation of LEAF Education LEAF’s educational and outreach work. Caroline has led LEAF for over 30 years with a passion to encourage farmers to deliver more sustainable farming approaches and engage consumers through events and training packages.