LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), the integrated farm management and sustainable food and farming body, has appointed three new trustees to its board. They are Ian Ashbridge, partner at the Bidwells land agency; Chris Collins, professor of environmental chemistry at the University of Reading and Nigel Garbutt, past chairman of the GLOBALG.A.P. standards certification body.
Mr Ashbridge combines practical farm management and consultancy, advising a range of rural businesses on single farm payment, agri-environmental schemes and crop management issues.
Prof Collins’ research focuses on the fate of pollutants in the soil-plant system, especially the impacts of environmental exposure of humans and other biota to these toxic chemicals. He also works in sustainable soil management.
Mr Garbutt spent 12 years at GLOBALG.A.P before stepping down as chairman in 2013. His previous career included spells at the supermarket chain Safeway and a food law enforcement role with the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. He was a founding director of the Assured Produce and Assured Chicken companies and a director of the Seafish Industry Authority.
The new trustees replace former ICI/Terra Industries director Stuart Beer, Patrick Wrixon and Professor Dave Roberts whose terms of office have completed.