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Welcome Jonathan & Kirsty - Our Two New Sustainable Farming Leads!

We’re delighted to announce we have appointed two new members to our team: Jonathan Pinnick and Kirsty Tait. Jonathan is our Sustainable Farming Lead for Northern Ireland and Kirsty is our Sustainable Farming Lead for Scotland.

Both Jonathan and Kirsty will be working with their country NFFN farmer steering groups, helping our farmers have a stronger voice in policy discussions.

Jonathan Pinnick

Jonathan comes with a wealth of experience in conservation and agriculture, having spent nearly 4
years working alongside crofters and farmers in the Shetland Islands, as an Agricultural Officer for
the Scottish Government. Prior to this, he spent 7 years working for the Scottish Wildlife Trust,
including as Visitor Centre Manager of their Loch of the Lowes nature reserve in Perthshire.
More recently, he has been working with farmers around Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh as a monitoring officer for the RSPB’s Curlew LIFE species recovery project.

Jonathan has an MSc in Wildlife Conservation and Management and is particularly interested in
organic food production, peatland restoration, integrated pest management and agri-environment
scheme development. He is a strong supporter of local, high-quality food production and developing short supply chains to minimise food miles.

Jonathan grew up in the rural county of Northamptonshire and has always had a passion for nature and the
countryside, and a respect for the hard work undertaken by farmers and landowners managing
conservation areas and the wider countryside. He relocated to Northern Ireland earlier this year with his wife, who has family farming connections in Fermanagh and Tyrone. He is looking forward to working with and supporting the nature-friendly farming community in Northern Ireland.

 

Kirsty Tait

Kirsty is an experienced urban and rural community practice developer and enjoys supporting action on the ground and shaping policy based on real life experiences. She has had an interest in the connection and relationship between people, land and nature for many years stemming from her upbringing on a tenant farm in Perthshire. She studied History at the University of Edinburgh and Sustainable Rural Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

She has previously worked for the Scottish Land Commission as their Good Practice Adviser, implementing Scotland’s Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement (LRRS). Carnegie UK Trust, delivering their rural community development programme and community land ownership support and the land-based community charity, the Ecology Centre in Fife. She is also passionate about storytelling and media – film making for Weeflee Productions and writing beginnings with the Pen and Plough Writing Programme.

She lives beside the Firth of Forth in Burntisland with her husband and two young children and is a bit obsessed with the whales and dolphins that visit and has an allotment which never quite gets enough attention.