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Alastair Leake

Position: Director of Policy
Company: The Allerton Project

Dr Alastair Leake attained a BSc in Horticultural Science, specialising in biological crop protection, from Reading University. He joined the CWS (Co-op) in 1982 working first as a management trainee and going on to become a Production Manager responsible for 12 acres of heated glasshouse salad crops.

In 1993, he became Project Manager for “Focus on Farming Practice” at Stoughton, Leicestershire. This involved managing a series of farm scale rotations comparing organic farming with “conventional” farm practice. In 2001 Alastair joined the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust as Head of the Allerton Project, a twenty year research project which aimed to look at the effects of farming on wildlife and the environment.

He later became Director of Policy where he provides the technical contribution necessary to convert the Trust’s science into practice. Whilst at the trust he has gained a PhD at Leicester University for his work on the Economic performance, technical feasibility and environmental impact of organic, integrated and conventional farming systems. Alastair is an accomplished speaker and sits on several committees.

The Allerton Project, Loddington House, Main Street, Loddington, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 9XE

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