We are very excited to announce that we have recently recruited Alison Rickett to our NFFN support team! Alison will be primarily working to support our NFFN England farmer steering group, helping our farmers have a stronger voice in policy discussions across the UK and support you in getting more from being a NFFN member.
From growing up on the family tenanted farm, Alison has dedicated her 30 + years career to the farming industry. After exploring different roles, she specialised in running a farmer led training group, qualified as a trainer and facilitator, and took this onto a wider remit working for the National Trust as their National Skills and Training adviser.
In 2009, she started her own consultancy, working not only as trainer but also in national project management roles of Fresh Start Business academies and the Bright Crop career initiative. She moved on to focus on farm businesses and farm business models and helping new entrants from all backgrounds and ages to get started in or develop their farming businesses. This was balanced with working with farming succession and co-producing the first handbook (Using Land to unlock business innovation) around joint ventures. Latterly, as the managing director of Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre CIC, she created and set up the first land matching service for England in 2016.
As a consultant she has focused on many nature and conservation based projects developing bespoke programmes for clients across the UK and delivering supporting advice. All of her work involves engaging with an exceptionally wide range of farmers, staff, and farming organisations at regional and national level. She Is a member of TRIG (Tenancy Reform Industry Group) and the EU Focus Group on New Entrants. In recent years, she has extended her writing of related articles and been an editor on land and conservation based publications and contributor to research papers and works closely with the James Hutton Institute as a network facilitator in the UK and as part of the European Newbie project.
Her passion throughout her work is capturing the wonderful skills and knowledge of the UK farmers and supporting organisations and sharing this with others in sustainable farming projects and policy. Alison is delighted to now be working with NFFN as their Sustainable Farming Officer for England at such a crucial stage in UK agriculture.