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About Us

The RSA's Food Farming and Countryside Commission includes a core project team, our chair Sir Ian Cheshire and fourteen commissioners. The issues that we will address are outlined in our Prospectus

Funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we are running an extensive programme of research and engagement. As a result, we will establish a compelling mandate for change across our food system, farming sector and in rural communities; shaping a long term vision for the future that's fairer, stands the test of time and aligns more closely with changing public values and expectations; and propose solutions to achieve the vision, identifying where communities and businesses can take a lead and where a national policy framework is required. 

 

Our Approach

Our approach is designed to convene different kinds of conversations and create new possibilities for action, overseen by an expert Research Advisory Group. The secretariat is reviewing existing proposals and will be inviting feedback as well as new ideas from 25 April. We are travelling by bike to listen to rural communities from April to November. The Commission is supporting locally-led action research in Cumbria, Devon and Lincolnshire, and leadership groups to convene inquiries in the devolved nations of the UK. We will publish an interim report in October 2018. 

Prospectus

Prospectus

Published in November 2017, this illustrated report establishes the changing context of food, farming and the countryside.

 

Call for Ideas

Call for Ideas

A review of the policy landscape, inviting feedback and new ideas that will improve things that really matter to people

 

UK Tour

UK Tour

Covering the whole UK, listening to people’s stories, their hopes, their concerns and what really matters to them about where they live

 

Devolved Nation Inquiries

Devolved Nation Inquiries

Leadership groups are convening inquiries on questions relevant for them, and contributing to UK-wide questions

 

Locally-led Inquiries

Locally-led Inquiries

Action research in Cumbria, Devon and Lincolnshire to generate examples of new and good practices, and test the limits of what can be achieved locally.

 

Public events, Hearings and Roundtables

Public events, Hearings and Roundtables

Convening new conversations and shaping policy debates

 

Reporting

Reporting

Interim Report – October 2018 Final Report – March 2019

 

Polling

Polling

Validate our mandate for change through surveys of UK public opinion on key issues

 

Sir Ian Cheshire

Sir Ian Cheshire

Chair of Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

 

Judith Batchelar OBE

Judith Batchelar OBE

Co-Chair, AgriFoodTech Council

 

Helen Browning OBE

Helen Browning OBE

Chief Executive, The Soil Association

 

Shirley Cramer CBE

Shirley Cramer CBE

CEO, Royal Society for the Public’s Health

 

Kath Dalmeny

Kath Dalmeny

CEO, Sustain UK

 

David Fursdon

David Fursdon

Chairman, Beeswax Dyson Farming

 

Professor David Hill

Professor David Hill

Founder, The Environment Bank and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Trustee

 

Professor Tim Jackson

Professor Tim Jackson

Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity.

 

Ann Jones

Ann Jones

Vice Chair and Chair of Public Affairs, NFWI

 

Ufi Ibrahim

Ufi Ibrahim

CEO, British Hospitality Association

 

Dr David Pencheon

Dr David Pencheon

Honorary Professor (Health and Sustainable Development) at University of Exeter, Formerly Director of NHS/PHE Sustainable Development Unit

 

Dame Fiona Reynolds

Dame Fiona Reynolds

Master Emmanuel College Cambridge

 

Andrew Selley

Andrew Selley

Chief Executive, Bidfood

 

Baroness Barbara Young

Baroness Barbara Young

Chair Woodland Trust

 

Sue Pritchard

Sue Pritchard

Director, The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission (ex officio)

 

Project team

Sue Pritchard

Sue Pritchard

Director, The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

 

Tom MacMillan

Tom MacMillan

Policy Advisor

 

Jonathan Schifferes

Jonathan Schifferes

Associate Director, Public Services and Communities

 

Kenny McCarthy

Kenny McCarthy

Project Management and Production Lead

 

Lynne Davis

Lynne Davis

Public Engagement Lead

 

Tom Levitt

Tom Levitt

Communications Lead

 

Ian Fitzpatrick

Ian Fitzpatrick

Senior Researcher

 

Josie Warden

Josie Warden

Researcher

 

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