Meet the team

Explore below to find out who the key mem­bers and how our cor­po­rate mem­bers are com­mit­ted to rein­forc­ing LEAF’s polit­i­cal and prac­ti­cal cre­den­tials as the most real­is­tic route to sus­tain­able glob­al food production.

About us

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. We work with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers, to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.

LEAF staff

Car­o­line Drummond

I have been run­ning LEAF since the begin­ning, 30 years ago. I am pas­sion­ate about work­ing with the Board, our team, mem­bers and farm­ers in deliv­er­ing pos­i­tive change on farm. The envi­ron­ment and farm­ing go hand in hand and LEAF’s focus remains true to its core val­ues and ambi­tions in trans­form­ing farm­ing and food sys­tems. As LEAF grows I still love how our work pro­vides the cat­a­lyst for dis­cus­sion, adap­tion, exper­i­men­ta­tion and change.

Cal­lum Bennett

I grew up in rur­al Lin­colnshire and have always been pas­sion­ate about the coun­try­side and farm­ing. I recent­ly grad­u­at­ed from my master’s degree which fur­ther devel­oped my skills and inter­est in agri­cul­ture. LEAF give me great oppor­tu­ni­ties to prac­ti­cal­ly apply this!

Jim Blumire

Jim Blu­mire



Matthew Bradley

I am a media and film grad­u­ate with pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence in mar­ket­ing. I enjoy work­ing for LEAF because I work with a fan­tas­tic team, sup­port­ing the organ­i­sa­tion for a more pos­i­tive and sus­tain­able future.

Mar­tyn Buttle

I have recent­ly grad­u­at­ed with a MSc in Riv­er Envi­ron­ments and Their Man­age­ment from Uni­ver­si­ty of Birm­ing­ham, and have pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence in out­door edu­ca­tion and envi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tan­cy. Work­ing at LEAF pro­vides the oppor­tu­ni­ty to cre­ate solu­tions for the agri­cul­tur­al indus­try in the wake of cli­mate change.

Emma Dar­wood

I am CIPD qual­i­fied and have sig­nif­i­cant expe­ri­ence of work­ing in char­i­ta­ble organ­i­sa­tions. In my free time, I enjoy show­ing my Amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse, Zara. I thor­ough­ly enjoy work­ing with the rest of the team at LEAF.

Rebec­ca Davis

I hold a BSc in Biotech­nol­o­gy from Uni­ver­si­ty of Not­ting­ham and an MSc in Sus­tain­able Crop Pro­duc­tion from Uni­ver­si­ty of War­wick, and realised my ambi­tion of join­ing a for­ward think­ing, sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ty by join­ing LEAF in 2020. Com­mit­ted to sus­tain­abil­i­ty and well­be­ing, my inter­ests also include cook­ing, pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive con­ver­sa­tions around men­tal health, and allotment-ing!

Carl Edwards

Com­ing from the edu­ca­tion sec­tor, I am pas­sion­ate about engag­ing with our future gen­er­a­tions and com­mu­ni­cat­ing effec­tive­ly with our wider soci­ety. Through expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing with a fact-based approach, it gives peo­ple the oppor­tu­ni­ty to under­stand what our indus­try does to pro­vide sus­tain­able and nutri­tious food, and allows them to make informed deci­sions that ben­e­fit them and our planet.

Nigel Evans

I have per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al mis­sion to improve food pro­duc­tion through sus­tain­able inten­si­fi­ca­tion. Work­ing at LEAF pro­vides an envi­ron­ment where I can grow and nur­ture my passion.

Val Gold­straw

Degree in Life Expe­ri­ence; Domes­tic Engi­neer; an extra pair of hands! Years of work­ing on our fam­i­ly farm has pre­pared me to step in where required and has hope­ful­ly giv­en me an under­stand­ing when speak­ing to my val­ued LEAF members.

India Grant-Wood

I have a MSc in Sus­tain­able Agri­cul­ture & Food Secu­ri­ty and, whilst based in Lon­don, my heart’s in the coun­try. Work­ing with a range of stake­hold­ers at LEAF allows me to be at the fore­front of tack­ling today’s chal­lenges in food and farming.

Lucy Han­do

My prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence on farms (both in the UK and New Zealand) , along with a BSc (Hons) in Agri­cul­ture, has only con­firmed and dri­ven my pas­sion for agri­cul­ture and the envi­ron­ment. I am excit­ed to be part of shap­ing the future of farming.

Jus­tine Hards

I’ve worked at LEAF since the very begin­ning, right from when we were a tiny seed! It’s incred­i­ble to see what a huge, glob­al organ­i­sa­tion we are today. I love work­ing at LEAF for its vision and belief in a bet­ter world.

Janet Hick­in­bot­tom MBE

I began my career as a teacher and was an inte­gral part of FACE (Farm­ing And Coun­try­side Edu­ca­tion) before its merg­er with LEAF in 2017. My role in LEAF Edu­ca­tion allows me to engage, inspire and moti­vate young peo­ple. I was award­ed an MBE in 2016 for ser­vices to farm­ing edu­ca­tion and rur­al communities.

Jen­na Higgins

I have exten­sive expe­ri­ence in arbori­cul­ture, con­ser­va­tion, and wood­land man­age­ment and stud­ied MSc Agroe­col­o­gy at Harp­er Adams Uni­ver­si­ty. Inte­grat­ed live­stock farm­ing and agro­forestry are amongst my pas­sions, whilst my oth­er inter­ests include plant bios­tim­u­lants, biochar, ecosys­tem ser­vices, and nutrition.

Jus­tine Hunt

I have many years of expe­ri­ence in a sup­port role in var­i­ous indus­tries, includ­ing NHS, tele­coms, asset finance and uni­ver­si­ty. Wife and moth­er to 2 daugh­ters. LEAF has a great team and I like the vari­ety that my role brings.

Steve Jones

With pre­vi­ous exten­sive oper­a­tional expe­ri­ence in the pub­lic sec­tor (Armed Forces) and in the pri­vate sec­tor in out­door edu­ca­tion, I enjoy work­ing for LEAF as it has con­tin­ued to both evolve and grow, yet retains a very strong peo­ple-ori­ent­ed culture.

Ellie Knight

After study­ing pho­tog­ra­phy at uni­ver­si­ty, I nat­u­ral­ly pro­gressed into mar­ket­ing and graph­ic design. I love work­ing with­in such a sup­port­ive team at LEAF, it allows me to be cre­ative whilst being part of an organ­i­sa­tion that con­tin­u­al­ly strives to make a pos­i­tive impact.

Clare Mike

I joined LEAF hav­ing spent 20 years in the food retail sup­ply chain, so farm­ing in its truest sense was a whole new expe­ri­ence for me. But I con­sid­er myself the luck­i­est per­son in the world being able to speak to farm­ers and grow­ers, indus­try actors and con­sumers every day, all in the quest of a world that is pro­duc­ing, eat­ing and liv­ing more sustainably.

Pilar Pampin

I am an agron­o­mist from Uruguay, with a MSc. in Agroe­col­o­gy and I come from a farm­ing back­ground. I enjoy work­ing for LEAF as I share it’s ethos and it gives me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to grow and learn daily.

Lucy Red­more

I grad­u­at­ed with a MSc in Sus­tain­able Crop Pro­duc­tion in 2017 and have since worked at LEAF in the LEAF Mar­que Team. LEAF’s prin­ci­ples align with my own, and I enjoy the chal­lenge of work­ing for such a dynam­ic organisation.

Tabitha Sal­is­bury

I grew up on a mixed farm and then stud­ied agri­cul­ture at Uni­ver­si­ty. Work­ing with LEAF is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to be amongst a like­mind­ed team at the fore­front of sus­tain­able farm­ing and agri­cul­tur­al edu­ca­tion, whilst engag­ing with pas­sion­ate and enthu­si­as­tic farm­ers, who are keen to exchange knowl­edge with con­sumers and the next generation.

Annabel Shack­le­ton

I’m pas­sion­ate about sus­tain­able farm­ing and show­cas­ing the amaz­ing work farm­ers do, focus­ing on help­ing soci­ety to val­ue the food we eat and take action on cli­mate change. Wife. Mum. Love farm­ing, food and enjoy­ing the coun­try­side with friends and family!

Will Sibly

Hav­ing com­plet­ed an MSc in Food Secu­ri­ty at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Glas­gow last year, I believe that sus­tain­able farm­ing brings a cru­cial oppor­tu­ni­ty to every­one on this earth – enhanc­ing the nat­ur­al world whilst pro­vid­ing one of the few uni­ver­sal things we all need: food.

Kuljit Sumal

Kuljit Sumal

Finance Offi­cer


Dawn Tev­er­son

I have worked with farm­ers in the UK and East Africa, in both hor­ti­cul­ture and live­stock. My par­tic­u­lar inter­ests are genet­ic resources and inte­grat­ed pest man­age­ment, work­ing at LEAF pro­vides the oppor­tu­ni­ty to com­bine both in a whole farm approach to sustainability.

Megan What­ty

I have pre­vi­ous­ly stud­ied a BSc in Zool­o­gy and a MSc in Food Secu­ri­ty, and am par­tic­u­lar­ly moti­vat­ed by the work LEAF does in con­nect­ing research to on the ground action and facil­i­tat­ing knowl­edge trans­fer between farmers.

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