Meet the team

LEAF’s talented, multilingual, and diverse staff, with backgrounds in agriculture, education, corporate governance, assurance, communications and business, work in partnership with farmers, the food industry, scientists, and educators to meet our shared vision of a more sustainable and regenerative global farming and food system.

Car­o­line Drum­mond MBE

Car­o­line Drum­mond MBE, Hon DSc, NSch, Hon­FSE, FRAgS, FIAgM, FRSA, FSB, CEnv, BSc (Hons) Agric, was Chief Exec­u­tive of LEAF for over 30 years. She tire­less­ly cham­pi­oned the devel­op­ment and uptake of more sus­tain­able, regen­er­a­tive farm­ing. She was also pas­sion­ate about bridg­ing the gap between farm­ers and the pub­lic. She led LEAF from the very begin­ning in 1991 when it was first formed, and for over 30 years was the dri­ving force behind the char­i­ty, which has grown from its hum­ble begin­nings to the glob­al­ly recog­nised and respect­ed organ­i­sa­tion it is today.

Philip Wynn

Philip is LEAF Chair­man and has spent 40 years man­ag­ing and advis­ing busi­ness­es in near­ly every sec­tor of the agri­cul­ture indus­try, hav­ing direct respon­si­bil­i­ty for the man­age­ment of 7,000 acres of pri­mar­i­ly arable farm­ing in Lin­colnshire as well as Non-Exec­u­­tive Direc­tor­ships across the food and farm­ing sec­tor. He has had a long con­nec­tion with LEAF, hav­ing been Man­ag­er of the Nevile Estate in Lin­colnshire, one of LEAF’s first Demon­stra­tion Farms.

Executive Leadership Team:

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.

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.

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.

Vicky Robin­son

For­mer­ly work­ing for Nat­ur­al Eng­land, and its pre­de­ces­sors for the past 22 years, I have exten­sive expe­ri­ence of agri-envi­ron­ment scheme deliv­ery and lat­ter­ly pro­vid­ed tech­ni­cal exper­tise to Defra on the devel­op­ment of the Envi­ron­men­tal Land Man­age­ment schemes. LEAF com­bines my pas­sion for farm­ing and the envi­ron­ment it relies on along­side my inter­est in knowl­edge exchange and engag­ing peo­ple in food, farm­ing and the environment.

Technical:

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.

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!

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 gives me great oppor­tu­ni­ties to prac­ti­cal­ly apply this!

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.

Eleanor Marks

I have a BSc degree in Geog­ra­phy and a range of expe­ri­ence with fresh pro­duce, from har­vest­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles to con­duct­ing vari­ety tri­als. I am delight­ed to be involved in LEAF’s mean­ing­ful projects, work­ing towards a more sus­tain­able and bet­ter-con­nect­ed farm­ing future.

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.

LEAF Marque:

Phil Sken­tel­bery

With over 15 years in food & farm­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in the organ­ic sec­tor, I joined the LEAF Mar­que team to work close­ly with the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion bod­ies who inspect and award cer­tifi­cates to farms; sup­port­ing and over­see­ing them deliv­er the robust, con­sis­tent, and high-qual­i­ty ser­vice which is vital to our farm­ers and stake­hold­ers. LEAF Mar­que brings togeth­er my pas­sion for sus­tain­ably pro­duced, good qual­i­ty food and the impor­tance of giv­ing con­sumers reas­sur­ance that their food is pro­duced in respon­si­ble way.

Abbey Hol­man

Orig­i­nal­ly from the Unit­ed States, I recent­ly com­plet­ed an MSc in Agroe­col­o­gy, Water and Food Sov­er­eign­ty here in the UK. Work­ing with an amaz­ing team at LEAF allows me to sup­port crit­i­cal tran­si­tions toward more sus­tain­able food and farm­ing systems.

Mol­lie Burns

I hold both a BSc in Geog­ra­phy and an MSc in Sus­tain­able Crop Pro­duc­tion. Despite not com­ing from a farm­ing back­ground, I have always had a desire to make pos­i­tive changes to the agri­cul­tur­al indus­try. Work­ing at LEAF has giv­en me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be amongst like­mind­ed indi­vid­u­als who also have a pas­sion for cre­at­ing a more sus­tain­able future.

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.

Education & Public Engagement:

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!

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.

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.

Business Development:

Sheri­da Walker

I stud­ied Busi­ness & Equine Stud­ies at Car­marthen Tech­ni­cal and Agri­cul­tur­al Col­lege and have enjoyed a var­ied career path as a Groom, Exec­u­tive Assis­tant and work­ing for FWAG sup­ply­ing Mem­ber­ship Ser­vices. I care deeply about the coun­try­side and the land­scape our farm­ers have cre­at­ed and work hard to man­age, deliv­er­ing a wide range of envi­ron­men­tal and rur­al com­mu­ni­ty ben­e­fits, and work­ing for LEAF gives me a bet­ter appre­ci­a­tion of work involved in sus­tain­able and regen­er­a­tive farming.

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.

Will Sibly

Hav­ing com­plet­ed an MSc in Food Secu­ri­ty at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Glas­gow, 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.

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.

Marketing & Communications:

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.

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.

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.

Operations

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.

Tere­sa Andrews

Wife, Mum and Granny! From a farm­ing back­ground with a pas­sion for sus­tain­abil­i­ty, nature, and wildlife. A keen gar­den­er who loves to cook and eat home grown pro­duce. I enjoy work­ing for LEAF as it allows me to work with a like­mind­ed team.

Kuljit Sumal

Kuljit Sumal

Finance Offi­cer

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Jim Blumire

Jim Blu­mire

Book­keep­er

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