Professor Matt Lobley is director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR), University of Exeter.
Much of his research has focused on understanding influences on, and impacts of, farm household behaviour. This includes understanding policy influences such as CAP reform and agri-environmental schemes, as well as understanding the process of agricultural restructuring and the socio-economic implications of re-localised and organic food systems.
One of his main areas of research expertise is in the family life-cycle and succession issues. With John Baker (Iowa State University), Matt co-directs a collaborative international project, FARMTRANSFERS, exploring a farm succession and retirement in a range of different social, economic and political contexts.
He is co-editor of Keeping it in the Family: International Perspectives on Succession and Retirement on Family Farms and has spoken on farm succession at a number of international conferences.
Matt regularly gives talks on succession to farming families and is currently working to deliver a range of succession-related activities, including staff training, farmer seminars and a UK-wide replication of the FARMSTRANSFERS survey, funded by NFU Mutual.
He is editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Management and is joining Richard Soffe as editor of the AGricultural Notebook, now in its third century of production.
Professor in Rural Resource Management
Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR)
University of Exeter
Alison started her career on a tenanted family farm; after completing an HND in Agriculture, she moved into the agrochemical industry. Becoming a qualified trainer in her own right she ran a farmer training group for seven years. In 2006, she became the National Rural Skills and Training Adviser for the National Trust, working on specialist projects to bring in new entrants to tenanted farms.
By 2009, Alison had set up a freelance consultancy, taking on project management of the Fresh Start initiative focusing on new business start-ups and related academies. She has worked with a variety of clients including the Jersey Government and Brightcrop (the industry school careers initiative), and has been part of the facilitation team for the St. Georges House Windsor Farming Consultations.
In 2014 she created Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre CIC (FSLEC) with her fellow directors, aiming to provide a service for the farming community which brings together business academies, mentoring and their unique Land Partnerships approach – Using Land to unlcok business innovation. In 2016, FSLEC launched the first land matching service for England bringing landowners/land agents and land entrepreneurs together to create innovative way of working with land creating new businesses via different routes.
Consultant & Managing Director
Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre CIC
Mark Chatterton is the firm’s Head of Agriculture and he looks after over 150 family farming businesses in East Midlands. Mark comes from a farming family and has a degree in agriculture. His experience includes advising on all financial and taxation issues relating to agricultural businesses and assisting them with change, including succession planning. Mark is also often involved with agricultural joint ventures and also able to advise on the financial aspects of renewable energy projects.
Head of Agriculture
Duncan & Toplis
Mark has over 20 years of rural property experience including the management of rural estates, the sale and purchase of farms and farmland and a range of valuations from single properties to portfolios. His experience includes the valuation of a variety of property types, from bare land, glasshouses and rural commercial sites to landed estates and Grade I listed buildings.
Mark has worked with a number of farming families on succession planning including advising on how best to obtain commercial outcomes at the same time as creating the ability for all family members to be included in the decision making process.
Mark is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a RICS Registered Valuer and has a BSc (Hons) in Rural Enterprise and Land Management.
Mark came to farming through the Young Farmers Clubs organisation and has through his career taken an interest in how farming businesses and land ownership can optimise the results obtained from the rural asset whilst retaining family links to the land.
Partner and Head of Rural
John is a solicitor specialising in estate and succession planning for owner managed business and private individuals. John advised on a broad range of planning and asset protection from advice on business structures, ownership of business assets, to will and estate planning for high net worth individuals, land owners and farmers.
John enjoys the challenge of devising bespoke planning to achieve tax efficient succcession planning and asset protection for business and individuals.