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FCCT seeks new company directors

4th Jan 2018

The Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit (FCCT) is the UK’s only farmer led organisation looking at practical, farm based actions to effectively reduce farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is currently expanding its director base in order to scale up its activities.

FCCT was established in 2009 to raise awareness of GHGs within the agricultural industry and also to provide practical responses that any farmer, whatever their farming system, could put into place on their farm.

FCCT currently has four directors – Adam Twine, Jonathan Smith, Andrew Rigg and Liz Bowles who are all active farmers and part time project manager - Becky Willson.

The main activity of FCCT to date has been the development of the Toolkit and the Farm Carbon Calculator; these are available on line, free of charge and are designed to give any farmer, grower or advisor an understanding of the significance of GHGs, how they are generated through farming activities and what are the most effective actions that would make a difference to any farm.

FCCT champions farmers who are prioritising soil health and are managing their business in a way which safeguards soil and promotes resilience through the Soil Farmer of the Year competition. Now in its third year, the competition finds and rewards these farmers and has created a network of farmers who are passionate about soils, share ideas and innovation and provide practical evidence that it can be done. As well as this, FCCT is developing a growing network of demonstration farms working on greenhouse gas emission reductions showing the business benefits and practical realities of reducing emissions.

Over the last two years, FCCT has also been working closely with farmers through strategic projects looking at understanding the potential for soil carbon sequestration on-farm, and creating a network of demonstration farms to allow for practical understanding of what works in terms of reducing emissions. FCCT is about to start a new project working with a wide range of farmers across the UK monitoring soil carbon levels on-farm.

Other current activities of FCCT are organising farm workshops and conferences - with a strong emphasis of farmer led discussions, and delivering talks to conferences and informal agricultural groups across a range of topics including energy efficiency, soil carbon, renewable energy generation, the market drivers for reducing emissions and the complexities of reducing GHG emissions.

FCCT is structured as a Community Interest Company (CIC). Its directors are not remunerated for the time they put into directing the organisation but able to claim appropriate travel and other expenses and have at times received remuneration for specific pieces of work that they have carried out on behalf of the Company.

FCCT is hoping to appoint two new directors.

All potential directors are expected to

  • Be closely involved in day to day farming.
  • Have a respectable understanding of the challenge of climate change and the need to reduce GHG emissions
  • To contribute to the organisation their experience and determination to make a difference in this area
  • Have specific skills and experience in business development, finance and fundraising.

There are monthly Board meetings through the year; they are usually conducted remotely via Skype. In the quieter farming months (autumn and winter) there are also more frequent Directors meetings to discuss work programmes.

We also try to meet in person twice a year to review and plan future direction. In addition to this, when FCCT is organising events or developing new initiatives, the directors(s) responsible for that initiative are expected to give support to the project manager in between Board meetings to ensure the intended goals are met.

If you are interested in applying please write to Becky Willson at [email protected]  giving your:

  • Experience
  • Reasons for applying
  • What you hope to bring to the organisation
  • How you would like to see FCCT develop.

Applications close on 29th January 2018

 Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be conducted early February and successful applicants invited to join the Board by March

More information about aims and visions of FCCT are available here.

For more information please contact Becky Willson by email at [email protected] or phone on 07875 356611 / 01579 372376.