PANEL COMPÈRE: Ken Rundle
Andrew Bauer, Programs Manager, SAC Consulting
Working with colleagues and partners, Andrew’s primary responsibility is SAC Consulting’s delivery of large national contracts – principally the Scottish Farm Advisory Service. He is also tasked with ensuring SAC Consulting is a valuable and regular contributor to relevant policy debates. He joined SAC Consulting in April 2018, having spent the previous seven years with NFU Scotland – five of these as Deputy Director of Policy – with a focus on environment and land use matters. Prior to that he worked on community ownership of land and international co-operation for rural development.
Steve Chaplin, Principal Adviser Agri-environment Evidence, Natural England
Steve has over 15 years’ experience of agri-environment scheme design, monitoring, evaluation and review and has been the lead for designing and coordinating the programme of scheme monitoring in England for much of that time. He also has a long-standing interest in supporting research to inform future scheme development from testing new environmental land management practices through to work on alternative scheme delivery models and payment approaches. He was instrumental in developing the results-based agri-environment pilot project currently operating in England.
Eleanor Harris, Policy Researcher, Confor
Promoting forestry and wood, Eleanor works across the UK with other members of the Confor team and the sector to give forestry and timber a stronger voice in policymaking. This includes keeping abreast of relevant policy developments, for example in land use and climate change; developing effective policy proposals to increase tree-planting; and communicating these to policymakers and wider stakeholders.
Before working at Confor, Eleanor has worked as Co-ordinator of the Scottish Environment LINK Species Champions Project in the Scottish Parliament; Co-ordinator of Eco-Congregation Scotland, the environmental award scheme for churches; and web editor for the European Christian Environmental Network.
Her background is as a historian, at the Universities of Cambridge and Stirling, and at postdoctoral level at the University of the West of Scotland. She continues to research, speak and publish on the history of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
She is rebuilding Blair House, a former field centre in Glen Doll, Angus, as an exemplar of modern timber building and design for biodiversity.
Eleanor is on twitter at @eleanormharris.ConforParenCarbeth
Róger Madrigal, Latin American Chair on Environmental Decisions for Global Change at Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE)
Róger Madrigal is Environmental Economist and Director of Environment for Development for Central America (EfD-CA), and the Latin American Chair on Environmental Decisions for Global Change at Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). Over the past 15 years, Dr Madrigal has been working on the design and implementation of economic policy instruments for the conservation of green infrastructure, particularly payments for ecosystem services schemes in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Andrew Moxey, Freelance Consultant, Pareto Consulting
Andrew is a freelance consultant with over 30 years’ experience of applied policy analysis in the land use sector, having previously held positions as a Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Chief Agricultural Economist for the (as was then) Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department. He has served on a number of government advisory panels and undertaken consultancy projects for a range of domestic and international clients, focusing on how policy mechanisms have been and could be deployed to address the challenges, constraints and opportunities facing UK land management.
Pete Ritchie, Executive Director, Nourish Scotland
Pete is Executive Director of Nourish Scotland, which he co-founded in 2013. In that capacity, he chairs the farming subgroup of Scottish Environment Link and co-chairs the Scottish Food Coalition. He is a prominent thinker on food issues in Scotland, and a trustee of the Food Ethics Council.
Pete is also a first-generation farmer and has been running Whitmuir Organics, a diversified farm business in the Scottish Borders, with his wife and business partner Heather Anderson since 2004. Before entering the world of food, he was an advocate for equality and inclusion of disabled people for 25 years. He founded and directed Scottish Human Services, which he led for 10 years.
Daye Tucker, Farmer, Carbeth Home Farm
Although Born in Glasgow, Daye has lived all her life in rural Scotland and has always nurtured a passion for farming and the rural environment. After 5 years at Glasgow School of Art studying Graphic Design, she chose a career in teaching, which she followed until retirement. In 2000 an opportunity to pursue her dream of farming finally materialised with the purchase of Carbeth Home Farm in Stirlingshire.
In 2006 Daye became a Scottish Enterprise Rural Leader. This led to numerous appointments on a variety of Rural Member Organisations & Stakeholder Groups. This experience provided an insight in to the challenges facing Policy Makers. The interdependent but fragmented nature of Scotland’s land-based industries makes it challenging for Policy Makers to achieve practical outcomes. The Rural Leadership Programme draws on the skills of rural leaders such as Daye to engage some of the diverse voices across our rural industries, bringing unity and improved outcomes.