Liz is Associate Director Farming and Land Use and is responsible for leading and managing our work with farmers, with agricultural technical, marketing, supply chain and networking queries. Liz has a wealth of experience of agriculture and food both in the UK and internationally. She has worked in the sector for over 20 years and brings a practical approach combined with scientific and sector knowledge to her role.
Liz is responsible for leading and managing the Soil Association’s work with farmers throughout the UK in conjunction with the Producer Support Team. The Producer Support Team work includes supporting Soil Association licensees, managing the Duchy Future Farming Programme Field Labs, implementation of development plans for organic agriculture in the UK and supporting organic supply chain development.
The Innovative Farmers Programme managed by the Soil Association puts farmers in the driving seat of on farm research and is pioneering farmer led trials on farm.
Past roles have been with English Food and Farming Partnerships and ADAS. Liz holds a BSc in Animal Science and is a Nuffield scholar. Her research involved exploring co-operation in the red meat sector and was a precursor to her joining EFFP where she worked on the development of supply chain collaboration in England.
In her spare time Liz manages one of the largest pedigree flocks of Shropshire sheep in the UK and combines this with being a Council Member of the Breed Society.
Farmers often innovate and experiment in isolation. Only 1% of research money is currently going towards farmer-led agricultural projects, with much of the rest going to top down research which often tries to parachute products onto farmers, increasing the input bill. Innovative Farmers is trying to change this. Matching the ideas and expertise of farmers […]
Peer to peer learning is key to collaborating on soil health. Join us for an interactive session to crowdsource ideas for agricultural research with farmers setting the priorities. We’ll have farmers fresh out of their field labs to sound board ideas with, and a smattering of researchers to amplify the learning. Everyone who joins this […]