Regional Groups & Facilitators

Regional groups across the UK and Ireland Regional groups across the UK and Ireland

Facilitators and Contact Details

Our regional groups are spreading right across the UK with more to come and Ireland now has its own group. We're recruiting for facilitators for Northern Marches, Southeast, and East Anglia. If you're interested, mail us info@pastureforlife.org or find us on social media.

If you'd like to join your local group or you're interested to find out more, email the facilitator directly or contact us info@PFLA.org.uk

Sinéad Moran - Ireland

Sinéad Moran Sinéad Moran

ireland@pfla.org.uk

Sinéad and her partner Mick returned to farming in 2016 and now operate a micro dairy, managing a small herd of shorthorn cows on 27 acres of High Nature Value Farmland in the West of Ireland. They are passionate about conserving the species-rich pasture, mature trees and biodiversity that is found on their farm. Sinead has a Masters in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. She has professional experience in the environmental and development NGO sector. However, she believes it's through farming that she can be at the forefront of real systems change. Instagram: @gleannbuifarm

Julie Cleijne - Chilterns

Julie Cleijne Julie Cleijne

chilterns@pfla.org.uk

Julie Cleijne is passionate about sustainable agriculture, and works from the field growing on a no-dig regenerative farm, as well as working as a Nutrition trained chef, and founder of Sustainable Kitchen Consultants, a team of chefs who specialise in supporting food sector businesses in creating more sustainably sourced food, using sustainably sourced meat & dairy, plant-based and free-from ingredients.

Julie is also a Soil Health Consultant, currently working with farms in Sussex to help them improve their soil health naturally.  She regularly speaks at events on the topics of soil health, nutrient density, the link with gut health, and also sustainable diets.  Julie is also a Great Taste Awards Judge, and British Leeks Ambassador.  She is a hugely passionate supporter of using British seasonal foods to promote healthy people and a healthy planet.

Nigel Franklin - Southeast

Nigel Franklin Nigel Franklin

southeast@pfla.org.uk

Nigel has been farming at Brightleigh Farm in Outwood Surrey with his wife Penny for the last 3 years. They have a herd of Black Baldies, along with some pigs & chickens, which they sell direct through their farm shop. Previously, Nigel worked in the Event & Exhibition Branding industry and spent 4 years working for Race horse trainer Guy Harwood.

Matt Elliott - Cotswolds

Matt Elliott Matt Elliott

cotswolds@pfla.org.uk

Matt and his wife Laura mob graze certified Pasture for Life beef cattle on 110 acres of National Trust land at Sandy Hill Farm, Gloucestershire. He has been a member of the PFLA since 2016 and is looking forward to helping introduce new members to the PFLA to access this knowledge base and to enable more farmers to transition towards a sustainable future.

Nikki Yoxall - Scotland

Nikki Yoxall Nikki Yoxall

scotland@pfla.org.uk

Nikki Yoxall nikki@pfla.org.uk: Nikki is a farmer and educator based in the Scottish Highlands. In addition to her work as Regional Facilitator, Nikki is also the PFLA Research Coordinator, connecting academics and farmers in pursuit of practical, agroecological solutions to current challenges in the sector. Instagram: @howemill

Clem Sandison - Scotland

Clem Sandison Clem Sandison

clem@pfla.org.uk

Clem is a facilitator, food activist, filmmaker and community organiser based in Glasgow. She’s been facilitating the Mob Grazing Scotland group for the Soil Association for the last 3 years, alongside running farmer-led research projects and agroforestry events. Instagram: @la_jardinera

Rob Purdew - Southwest

Rob Purdew Rob Purdew

southwest@pfla.org.uk

Rob has worked on farms across the UK from Lands End to Dundee, with a spell in Saskatchewan in between. He is a passionate advocate for regenerative agricultuel/agroecological practices and how they impact farm businesses and human nutrition. When not facilitating for the PFLA Southwest group he works for Devon Wildlife Trust as a farm advisor.

Emma Douglas - Wales

Emma Douglas Emma Douglas

emma.douglas@pontcmryu.org.uk -

Emma has been facilitating grazing across South Wales for PONT Cymru since 2012 and is currently involved with managing meadows on the Gower through supporting the Gower Meadows Group. She undertakes conservation grazing with her own Dexter cattle and ponies and runs a successful small business ‘Gower Meadow Beef’. Instagram:@gowermeadowbeef

Ruth Dalton - Cumbria

Ruth Dalton Ruth Dalton

ruthcdalton@gmail.com

Ruth is a farm advisor and consultant specialising in native breeds and nature friendly land management. She works for several different organisations on a self-employed basis.   Ruth is based near Kendal where she and her partner breed pedigree native cattle and sheep, grazing to achieve nature conservation objectives for a number of local landowners as well as on the home farm. Instagram: @whinpotfarmruth

Olivia Achurch-Knight - East Midlands

Olivia Achurch-Knight Olivia Achurch-Knight

eastmidlands@pfla.org.uk

Olivia lives and farms in Rutland, in the Gwash Valley. After completing a degree in Geography she went on to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Agriculture from the RAU. Having worked on a variety of arable and livestock farms, she now has her own small herd of Hereford X beef cattle. She is particularly interested in the beneficial role of livestock within arable systems. Instagram: @farmer_liv

Pen Rashbass - Peak District

peakdistrict@pfla.org.uk

Pen is a Hebridean sheep breeder, conservation grazier and grazing advisor based in Derbyshire. She is a member of the PFLA research group and also sits on two Defra Scientific Advisory Committees – the Animal Welfare Committee and the Farm Animal Genetic Resources Committee.

Ruth Pullan - Severn & Wye

Ruth Pullan Ruth Pullan

severnwye@pfla.org.uk

Originally from Yorkshire, over the past few years Ruth has volunteered and worked on farms and smallholdings all over the UK. She has a particular interest in how resilient, local food systems can be created and maintained as well as extending this idea to the clothes we wear and things we buy and the vibrant and healthy culture which inevitably grows up around this. From 2017 to 2019 she ran a small festival in the Yorkshire Dales which sought to promote the beautiful but endangered socio-ecological systems surrounding upland hay meadows. When not working in food and farming she is a leatherworker and craftswoman, specialising in hand stitched leatherwork as well as teaching the craft to adults all over the UK.

Kate Scott - Wessex

Kate Scott Kate Scott

wessex@pfla.org.uk

Originally from Dorset Kate now runs a small flock of pasture fed Poll Dorset sheep on the 500 acre farm her husband John manages in West Sussex. Passionate about the benefits of a pasture fed system for ruminant, soil and human health and for biodiversity above and below ground, her special interest is in diverse herbal leys and meadow restoration. Kate farmed in Wales for some years alongside her husband supplying local restaurants with beef, lamb and pork and then went on to study herbal medicine at UEL, finding her knowledge of plant chemicals in native British plants transferred well to the field. She also runs a small agricultural consultancy with John, alongside her own farm diversification business using milk and wool from her sheep.
Instagram: @thedroversdaughter

Mark Palmer - North East

northeast@pfla.org.uk

Mark has been involved in organic and sustainable farming for over 20 years, prior to that was managing a large estate farm in North Yorkshire.  For the last seven years, he has been an inspector, from field to fork, for the Soil Association, including completing PFLA inspections, which has allowed him to meet some really inspiring farmers. Outside of PFLA work, he is developing Fibreshed North Yorkshire, and developing a flax for fibre and dye plant growing project, with others in North Yorkshire. When "not working", he helps out on his partner's organic dairy and cereal family farm on the edge of the North York Moors, near Kirkbymoorside

Supply Chain Team

The Pasture for Life Supply Chain team is hard at work connecting the dots in the wider pasture-fed supply chain. They help to link store farms with finishing farms, and certified farms with butchers, wholesalers, restaurants, and other retailers, helping them relay the benefits pasture-fed farming has for people, animals, and the environment to consumers. If you are a farmer who has a supply chain enquiry, or a retailer looking to source pasture-fed produce in your area, get in touch with one of our Supply Chain Officers:

Nigel Franklin - Supply Chain South

Nigel Franklin Nigel Franklin

nigel@pfla.org.uk

Nigel has been farming at Brightleigh Farm in Outwood Surrey with his wife Penny for the last 3 years, and for the past year has been Regional Facilitator for the Southeast PFLA group. He and Penny have a herd of Black Baldies, along with some pigs & chickens, which they sell direct through their farm shop. Previously, Nigel worked in the Event & Exhibition Branding industry and spent 4 years working for Race horse trainer Guy Harwood.

Rob Bunn - Supply Chain North

Rob Bunn and Max Rob Bunn and Max

rob@pfla.org.uk

Originally from Worcestershire, where his family keep an Angus X Hereford suckler herd and Easy- Care sheep flock, Rob joins the PFLA team as Supply Chain Manager for the North and Scotland. Passionate about ruminant livestock production, Rob lives in York so ideally located for working closely with all PFLA members, throughout the organisation, in the North of England and Scotland. Previous roles include co-managing the procurement and supply chains of livestock for Beef, Veal and Venison Processor, Dovecote Park. Knowledge Exchange Manager for English Levy Board, AHDB and most recently, Business Development Manager for the Agri-tech Centre; CIEL (Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock). Alongside his role at the PFLA, Rob works for The Country Trust as a Farm Discovery Coordinator

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