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Launched in November 2017, the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission is a major, two-year independent inquiry, funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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

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. 

 

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 CBE

Professor David Hill CBE

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

Strategic Business Leader, Former 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

 

Elliot Kett

Elliot Kett

Intern

 

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