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Meet the team

Martin Lines

Chief Executive Officer

Martin Lines

Chief Executive Officer

Martin is a farmer and contractor in South Cambridgeshire, growing mainly arable crops on his family farm and rented land. He has a special interest in farm conservation management, currently running an ELS and HLS agreement and has Countryside Stewardship schemes on land he rents and manages. He also supports the delivery of Stewardship schemes for a number of other farmers. Martin is the NFFN Chief Executive Officer and hopes to see the network grow with like-minded farmers and land managers who will work together, sharing best practices and demonstrating what can be accomplished for nature and the environment while producing great produce.

Phil Carson

Head of Policy

Phil Carson

Head of Policy

Phil is an experienced land use policy professional, with nearly a decade's experience in a range of areas including agricultural advice, conservation land management and sustainable land use policy. He is passionate about finding solutions to complex land use problems from policy development through to practical delivery. Phil hopes to increase the Network’s influence on land use policy decisions across the UK, to ensure they work for both farmers and the environment.

Alena Walker

Head of Communications

Alena Walker

Head of Communications

Alena is a communications and media specialist, having worked in PR and as a writer for independent magazines internationally. Her eclectic editorial and multimedia experience includes projects focused on food system change, cultural identity, sustainability and environmental advocacy. She was a finalist in the Mogford Short Story Prize in food writing and a Young Writer Delegate for the Irish Writers Centre and Irish Literature Festival Dublin. Alena works to amplify the NFFN’s voice in press and media, expand knowledge sharing between NFFN members and raise awareness of the ever-growing benefits that nature-friendly farming can bring to people, food and our environment. Alena is passionate about creating sustainable social and environmental change and she’s involved in local food growing projects in Northern Ireland.