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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hold a BA in Health and Social Policy and an MSc in Food Security from the University of Warwick. Working at LEAF enables me to contribute to projects that support the vital transition to sustainable food and farming systems.
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.
I have a keen interest in wildlife and the environment. Working at LEAF gives me a better understanding of how we can all work together to create a more sustainable future.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Working for LEAF Education gives me the opportunity to combine my experience of 10 years working in the education sector with my passion for farming and the countryside. As an Assistant Headteacher, I restructured the whole school curriculum to enable students to reach their full potential regardless of the barriers they may face. With LEAF, I can help schools to navigate the pressures of the National Curriculum whilst ensuring their students acquire a balanced and informed insight into food production, farming, the natural environment, sustainability, and climate change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Media and film graduate with multiple years within marketing. Enjoy hiking and viewing the countryside in all its beauty. Supporting LEAF in the delivery of a more climate positive, sustainable future.
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.
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.
If you are interested in working for an organisation that values and invests in its people, with a commitment to delivering exceptional services, take a look at some of the current opportunities we have available.