Governance

Meet the people on LEAF's Board of Trustees and learn more about how LEAF is governed.

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HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh

GCVO

LEAF Honorary President


Since her appointment as LEAF Honorary president in October 2016, The Duchess of Edinburgh has shown a passionate commitment to the work LEAF does in developing and promoting more sustainable farming.

Board of Trustees

The present LEAF Board of Trustees consists of a Chair and 10 members. The Board of Trustees oversees all matters relating to LEAF’s charitable status including finance, personnel and legal issues. Their head office is based at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, England, UK, and provides all administrative support.

The LEAF Board of Trustees is also supported by the LEAF Policy and Strategic Development Committiee, the LEAF Advisory Board and the LEAF Marque Board.

Philip Wynn OBE

Philip Wynn OBE

LEAF Chair­man

Philip Wynn OBE

With a career span­ning over 50 years Philip has man­aged and advised busi­ness­es in near­ly every sec­tor of agri­cul­ture. He has been a Direc­tor of Dyson Farm­ing since it was formed in 2013 and has a num­ber of oth­er Direc­tor­ships across the food and farm­ing sec­tor. He is a finan­cial and strate­gic advis­er to a num­ber of large scale veg­etable, pota­to and arable busi­ness. Philip has had a long con­nec­tion with LEAF, hav­ing been Man­ag­er of the Nevile Estate in Lin­colnshire, one of LEAF’s first Demon­stra­tion farms. He has been Chair­man of LEAF since 2017.

Tom Green

Tom Green

LEAF Mar­que Chairman

Tom Green

Tom joined the LEAF board and LEAF Mar­que board on 29 Jan­u­ary 2018. Hav­ing spent his entire career work­ing in the agri­cul­tur­al indus­try, Tom has increas­ing­ly focused on agri-tech oppor­tu­ni­ties, apply­ing his expe­ri­ence in both crops and live­stock to accel­er­ate devel­op­ment and deploy­ment of new tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions, both in the UK and inter­na­tion­al­ly. For­mer­ly CEO of Spear­head Inter­na­tion­al and Greens of Soham, Tom was pre­vi­ous­ly gen­er­al man­ag­er of G’s Mar­ket­ing. He joined the Board of Farmwealth in 1999 and Spear­head Inter­na­tion­al (for­mer­ly Greens of Soham) in 1993. Tom was CEO between 2002 and 2016.

Ian Ashbridge

Ian Ash­bridge

LEAF Vice Chair­man — Part­ner at Bidwells

Ian Ash­bridge

Ian’s role at Bid­wells brings togeth­er prac­ti­cal agri­cul­tur­al man­age­ment and con­sul­tan­cy. He has direct respon­si­bil­i­ty for 1000 hectares of arable and grass­land in cen­tral Eng­land and over­sees a fur­ther 600 hectares under man­age­ment agree­ments. Ian is qual­i­fied in agron­o­my and trained in agri­cul­tur­al busi­ness man­age­ment at the Roy­al Agri­cul­tur­al Col­lege. Ian has advised a range of rur­al busi­ness­es on sin­gle farm pay­ment, agri-envi­ron­men­tal schemes and crop man­age­ment issues.

Cedric Porter

Cedric Porter

LEAF Vice Chair­man — Direc­tor at Sup­ply Intelligence

Cedric Porter

Cedric is an inde­pen­dent agri­cul­tur­al sup­ply chain con­sul­tant and jour­nal­ist. He is the edi­tor of the week­ly World Pota­to Mar­kets newslet­ter. Since Novem­ber 2021 he has been a mem­ber of the Trade & Agri­cul­tur­al Com­mis­sion exam­in­ing post-Brex­it trade deals. Cedric is also a direc­tor of a large farm­ing estate in Nor­folk. In 2012 he chaired the Oxford Farm­ing Con­fer­ence and he reg­u­lar­ly speaks at events in the UK and abroad.

Angus Davison

Angus Davi­son

Chair­man, Hay­grove Ltd

Angus Davi­son

Angus Davi­son estab­lished Hay­grove Farm in 1988 as part of a uni­ver­si­ty project look­ing at new straw­ber­ry grow­ing sys­tems, and is now the Eccen­tric Chair­man’. Hay­grove are con­ven­tion­al as well as organ­ic grow­ers with a total of 53 hectares in berry production.

Sara Eppel

Sara Eppel

Direc­tor Eppel Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Ltd

Sara Eppel

Sara was Head of Farm­ing Strat­e­gy Inno­va­tion and Sus­tain­abil­i­ty at Defra until 2016, where she lead the devel­op­ment of the Government’s 25 Year Food and Farm­ing Plan, over­saw deliv­ery of the Agri Tech Strat­e­gy, research and inno­va­tion, and was respon­si­ble for pol­i­cy on cli­mate change and agri­cul­ture. Sara was pre­vi­ous­ly head of Rur­al Pol­i­cy in Defra and head of Sus­tain­able Con­sump­tion and Pro­duc­tion. Sara now co-directs Eppel Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Ltd pro­vid­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty con­sul­tan­cy to major projects such as HS2, and to inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tions such as the World Bank. Before join­ing Defra, Sara was Direc­tor of Pol­i­cy for the UK Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, and at the Ener­gy Sav­ing Trust. She worked for the Inter­na­tion­al Ener­gy Agency and OECD, as well as an ear­li­er career in the civ­il ser­vice at the Depart­ment of the Envi­ron­ment and No10.

Caroline Mason

Car­o­line Mason

Founder of Seeds to Thrive

Car­o­line Mason

Car­o­line Mason is a sus­tain­abil­i­ty expert with over 18 years of expe­ri­ence of work­ing and trav­el­ling across glob­al food sys­tems. Dur­ing her time at some of the UK’s most loved food retail­er brands includ­ing the Co-op and Wait­rose, she has fos­tered col­lab­o­ra­tive rela­tion­ships from farm to fork. She is founder of Seeds to Thrive, which advis­es and coach­es busi­ness­es and peo­ple to accel­er­ate their sus­tain­abil­i­ty dreams and ambi­tions. Car­o­line has pre­vi­ous­ly vol­un­teered on a wildlife and bio­di­ver­si­ty research con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme in Cos­ta Rica and is the Co-Founder and Chair of an indus­try Agri­cul­ture Well­be­ing incu­ba­tor hub, com­posed of 17 busi­ness­es and char­i­ties. She is also a Non-Exec Direc­tor of Inno­vat­ing Healthy Food Sys­tems at New Foun­da­tion Farms. Car­o­line is a pas­sion­ate cham­pi­on and men­tor of young women and girls who want to be the sus­tain­abil­i­ty lead­ers and change mak­ers of the future.

Emma Penny

Emma Pen­ny

Group Head of Con­tent at AgriB­rief­ing Ltd

Emma Pen­ny

Group Head of Con­tent at AgriB­rief­ing Ltd

Ian Pigott

Ian Pig­ott

Man­ag­ing Part­ner, Thrales End

Ian Pig­ott

Ian Pig­ott has been award­ed the Farm­ers Week­ly, Farm­ing Cham­pi­on of the Year award, he has received the cov­et­ed Coun­try­side Alliance Rur­al Hero award for found­ing Farm Sun­day and the Bul­lock Award for his ongo­ing com­mit­ment to recon­nect­ing chil­dren with food and farming.

Jane Rickson

Jane Rick­son

Pro­fes­sor of Soil Ero­sion & Con­ser­va­tion, Cran­field Soil & Agri­Food Institute

Jane Rick­son

LEAF Trustee / Pro­fes­sor in Soil Ero­sion & Con­ser­va­tion, Cran­field Soil & Agri­Food Institute

Ana Romero

Ana Romero

Head of Sus­tain­abil­i­ty, Glob­al Edu­ca­tion coor­di­na­tor and Tutor at Welling­ton College

Ana Romero

Head of Sus­tain­abil­i­ty, Glob­al Edu­ca­tion coor­di­na­tor and Tutor at Welling­ton College

Mike Young

Mike Young

Chair­man, Far­ma­cy PLC

Mike Young

Chair­man, Far­ma­cy PLC

LEAF Mar­que Board

The LEAF Mar­que Board is the statu­to­ry board for LEAF Mar­que Ltd a whol­ly owned sub­sidiary of LEAF the char­i­ty”. The LEAF Mar­que Board works in close co-oper­a­tion with the LEAF Board of Trustees, the LEAF Mar­que TAC (Tech­ni­cal Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee) and all oth­er stake­hold­er groups with­in LEAF. It has its own Terms of Ref­er­ence which are bind­ing for the activ­i­ties of the LEAF Mar­que Board.

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LEAF Mar­que Tech­ni­cal Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee (TAC)

The present LEAF Mar­que Tech­ni­cal Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee is made up of dif­fer­ent inter­gov­ern­men­tal, non­govern­men­tal, aca­d­e­m­ic, pro­duc­er, retail­er and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion organ­i­sa­tions. They meet on a quar­ter­ly basis and work in con­junc­tion with the LEAF Tech­ni­cal team. The TAC will, from time to time under the LEAF Mar­que TAC Terms of Ref­er­ence, be able to con­sult oth­er experts to com­ment on cer­tain tech­ni­cal devel­op­ments of the LEAF Mar­que Standard.

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Expert/​Working Groups

Through its out­reach and from past con­sul­ta­tions, LEAF has had a pos­i­tive response from a range of dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers. This has pro­vid­ed LEAF with a fur­ther group to liaise with for future con­sul­ta­tions. The present group com­pris­es stake­hold­ers rep­re­sent­ing 16 coun­tries and 4 continents.

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LEAF Pol­i­cy and Strate­gic Devel­op­ment Committee

Chaired by Tom Heap this com­mit­tee pro­vide their time and exper­tise in guid­ing LEAF pol­i­cy and strate­gic development.

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LEAF Pub­lic Sys­tem Reports and Stake­hold­er Mapping

LEAF’s Pub­lic Sys­tem Reports on its Stan­dard Set­ting, Assur­ance and Impacts are list­ed below. They give a sum­ma­ry of how LEAF has estab­lished its work in these areas and how it intends to devel­op this in the future. Com­ments are wel­come from any inter­est­ed par­ties — please let us know using the feed back form below or our Com­plaints and Enquiries form. The LEAF Mar­que Stake­hold­er Map­ping doc­u­ment describes this stake­hold­er engage­ment over the last few years.Through map­ping and by pro­vid­ing mean­ing­ful oppor­tu­ni­ties to con­tribute, a bal­ance of sec­tors includ­ing those indi­rect­ly affect­ed by the Stan­dard, inter­est­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be pro­mot­ed by LEAF, its stake­hold­ers and producers.

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