In April 2016 Leigh became the first CEO of the National Land Based College (www.nlbc.uk).
Prior to this Leigh has had a career spanning various sectors of the land based industry, including ornamental crop production, botanical gardens and wider biodiversity conservation.
Leigh proudly started his career on a Youth Training Scheme, before going on to study at Askham Bryan, Pershore and Writtle colleges. He is delighted to be leading an organization that is championing skills development for the whole land based sector.
Philip has spent his career managing and advising businesses within nearly every sector of agriculture.
Today his portfolio covers over 60,000 acres which includes the direct management of 7000 acres in Lincolnshire as well as directorships across the food and farming sector, including Beeswax Dyson Farming, Humber Grain and Fold Hill Foods.
He also provides strategic and financial advice to a number of business, particularly in the fresh produce sector.
Philip is currently the Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers and Director of Mentoring for the Henry Plumb Foundation.
Having grown up on a dairy and sheep farm in the Midlands, Helen loves nothing more than getting out and about in her role as senior farming adviser for the Woodland Trust.
She can regularly be found encouraging farmers to plant trees and hedges, explaining how they can provide shelter for their livestock, improve land drainage, reduce pollution and soil erosion, provide habitat for pollinators, produce wood fuel as well as enhancing the environment.
She is currently Chair of the Wildlife & Countryside Link Agri working group.
Karl Schneider is editor of Farmers Weekly and editorial director of Proagrica, the global agriculture media, software, data and connectivity business.
Karl has been a business journalist for 30 years, working closely with the Farmers Weekly team for more than a decade and before that holding senior roles on some of the UK’s biggest titles including New Scientist and Computer Weekly.
Before he became a journalist Karl was a research physicist, working on nuclear fusion at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Laboratory in Oxfordshire.