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Devolved Nation Inquiry in Northern Ireland

Key themes being explored

Our Northern Ireland inquiry will be taking a close look at issues such as the relationship between the food we eat, the farming that supplies our food and the countryside that we all value. We will ask how food, farming and the countryside can best contribute to the wellbeing of our people and we will examine the sustainability of the system, how it contributes to our identity and our sense of place. To help us sharpen our focus we will be actively engaging with groups of citizens from both urban and rural backgrounds to discover what really matters to people here.

We will use what we have heard to inform our own deliberations as a group, putting forward proposals towards a vision that can be shared by all. Our task will then be to make the connections across government, local government, business and civil society to bring about change.

Why does FFCC matter to Northern Ireland?

As Northern Ireland suffers from the current political stalemate, there is a great danger that the views of people here are not being heard in some of the big Brexit debates. Our inquiry is committed to amplifying Northern Ireland voices in those debates.

Leadership Group

Our Leadership Group comprises 13 people who combine expertise and experience with a commitment to listening, deliberating and proposing solutions.

They are:

Patrick Casement

Patrick Casement

Chair

 

Kate Clifford

Kate Clifford

Director, Rural Community Network

 

Lynn Finnegan

Lynn Finnegan

 

Jennifer Fulton

Jennifer Fulton

Chief Executive, Ulster Wildlife

 

Dr John Gilliland OBE

Dr John Gilliland OBE

Chair, Expert Working Group on Sustainable Land Management

 

Jim Kitchen

Jim Kitchen

Visiting Professor, Ulster University

 

John Martin

John Martin

RSPB Conservation Team Leader

 

Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald

Senior Corporate Affairs Manager, Asda NI

 

Heather McLachlan

Heather McLachlan

Chief Executive, National Trust

 

Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell

Retired Consultant in Public Health

 

Professor Nigel Scollan

Professor Nigel Scollan

Director, Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast

 

John Woods

John Woods

Public Policy Consultant (Secretariat)

 

John Best

John Best

Farmer

 

Get involved

If you would like to submit any thoughts or ideas on any of these issues, please contact John Woods at FFCC@rsa.org.uk.