Vicky Robinson has been appointed the new director, technical, of Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF), as the organisation scales up its reach and influence, to deliver its 10-year strategy.
In this role, Ms Bell will lead the delivery of LEAF’s technical strategic growth, covering the core areas of LEAF Marque certification and sustainable farming knowledge generation and exchange.
Ms Bell has extensive experience of agri-environmental schemes, formerly working for Natural England, and its predecessors, for the past 22 years. She was involved in developing business processes for the Countryside Stewardship scheme and the new ELMS, as well as sitting on Natural England’s national arable group.
Ms Bell is also heavily involved in organisations local to her family farm in Oxfordshire: she is a Nuffield Farming Scholar, a trustee of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust and a trustee of her local environmental charity, Wild Oxfordshire.
Regarding her appointment, Ms Bell said: “LEAF has such an important role to play in promoting the values of more nature-based, regenerative farming, and supporting farmers, at this time of transition for the industry. The next 30 years are full of potential, and I am really looking forward to working with the team in an industry I am passionate and proud to be a part of.”