Archives: Team Members

Emma Adams

Emma is a Farm Carbon and Soils Advisor for the FCT. Having previously worked as an Agronomist and Crop Production Advisor based in Herefordshire, she provided technical advice across a diverse range of farming systems. This work highlighted to Emma that sustainability must drive farm management decisions to safeguard environmental assets and ensure the future stability of food production – in particular the importance of soil health.

Following a degree in Biological Sciences (BSc Hons) at The University of Reading, Emma achieved the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (IPM), FACTS and BASIS Soil and Water qualifications. Alongside her role with the FCT, Emma is studying for a combined MSc from The University of Edinburgh and SRUC in Soils and Sustainability; enabling further exploration of agricultural management strategies to benefit soil quality, biodiversity and the capacity for carbon sequestration.

Location: West Midlands

Liz Bowles

Liz is the Chief Executive Officer at the Farm Carbon Toolkit, a role she took on recently, having been a director there for the past five years. Liz has a wealth of experience of agriculture and food both in the UK and internationally. She has worked in the sector for over 30 years and brings a practical approach combined with scientific and sector knowledge to her roles. 

Liz holds a BSc in Animal Science and is a Nuffield scholar, where her research involved exploring co-operation in the red meat sector and was a precursor to her joining EFFP. Here she worked on the development of supply chain collaboration in England. Other roles have been with English Food and Farming Partnerships and ADAS.

Liz is an Oxford Farming Conference Director and an advisor to Sell My Livestock. In her spare time Liz manages one of the largest pedigree flocks of Shropshire sheep in the UK and combines this with being a Council Member of the Breed Society.

Prior to joining FCT Liz was Associate Director of Farming and Land Use at the Soil Association. Liz brings not only an extensive expertise in the UK food and farming markets, but she also has a deep and practical understanding of the importance of improving soil health, reducing environmental impacts and greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and building resilience within the sector. She advocates that building economic resilience must occur alongside retaining product quality and animal welfare standards and building sustainable, regenerative practices on farm.

Location: South West

Katerina Dauksta

Katerina Dauksta is our Operations Administrator. She ensures the smooth running of our community interest company and has also been involved on-farm, collecting our soil samples.

Katerina has a MSc in Environmental Change, Impact and Adaptation. Here she developed technical skills and researched about soil carbon stocks, flows, and sequestration in the landscape. She conducted her dissertation on above and below ground carbon stock accounting in the uplands of West Wales with regards to best land use for climate change mitigation. She has worked as a research assistant for Wood Knowledge Wales on their Home Grown Homes project which demonstrates the merits of using homegrown timber in social housing to replace carbon heavy products. The organisation aims to bring a sustainable, regenerative transformation to the forestry sector in Wales to benefit the environment, economy and people of Wales, much like FCT for the farming sector in the UK.

Prior to this Katerina worked as an archaeologist, but chose to refocus on the future rather than the past as she felt a responsibility to do so. Katerina has also worked as an administrator for one of the larger yoga studios in the South West, and has worked as part of a small team in a food retailer shortlisted for the BBC Good Food Awards 2015.

David Gardner

David has spent his entire life working in the farming sector and retains his enthusiasm for farming and rural communities. His interests in agriculture are broad and range from intensive livestock production right through to small scale social enterprise. He believes that over the coming decades conventional agriculture and organic farming will converge as a consequence of declining chemical options, new technologies and customer demand.

David is a NED at Waldersey Farms on the fens and at the Rural Payments Agency where he represents the industry. He is a Director of The Farm Carbon Toolkit, a Trustee of The Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust, an Ambassador for Social Farms and Gardens and helps St George’s House at Windsor Castle organise their farming consultations.

Prior to his ‘retirement’ in May 2018 David was CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society of England where he developed the Innovation for Agriculture initiative. Innovation for Agriculture is a consortium of 16 Agricultural Societies that promotes emerging technologies that will shape agriculture over the coming decades. Innovation for Agriculture has three technical programmes focused upon Soil Health, Precision Livestock Technologies and Antibiotic Resistance. The organisation is project coordinator for the 4D4F Horizon 2020 project which promotes the adoption and development of precision technologies in the dairy sector.

Previously David enjoyed a long career with The Co-operative Farms who he joined as a graduate after studying at Seale Hayne. During his time with The Co-operative Farms David held a number of Senior positions including Head of Fruit Operations and Manager of Stoughton Estate in Leicestershire. He has considerable experience in the combinable, dairy and fruit sectors.

In 2010 he completed a Nuffield study on ‘New Science and Pioneer Technologies to transform UK agriculture’ which took him to leading research facilities in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The study developed a particular interest in genetics and automation.

David is married with two grown up sons and lives in Leicestershire.

Location: East Midlands

Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones is a Farm carbon and soils adviser with the Farm Carbon Toolkit. She has a PhD in plant pathology from Oxford University, a degree in plant sciences from Birmingham University, a Masters in postgraduate teaching from the University of Reading, and is FACTS qualified. 

Hannah has previously coordinated and carried out research projects spanning herbal leys, arable systems, cover crops and field vegetables. Most recently she has been part of the SARIC-funded Diverseforages team at the University of Reading, and the Agritech Cornwall and Isles of Scilly funded-TOMS project led by Duchy College. Both of these projects have focused on the potential multi-functionality of herbal leys. Hannah’s project role in each has been to coordinate farm-based trials by working closely with farmers and agricultural businesses to optimise the impact and applicability of the research. 

Hannah has taught crop sciences at Duchy College and the University of Reading, supervised 10 PhD students, and various masters and undergraduate students. She has contributed to a range of refereed papers relating to organic farming systems, wheat breeding, herbal leys, climate change effects on crops and plant breeding for diversity. 

Finally, alongside her role with the Farm Carbon Toolkit, a small amount of Hannah’s time is also spent working with the Rural Business School of Duchy College, and with her own consultancy business Trifolium Services.

Location: South West

Tilly Kimble-Wilde

Tilly is a Farm Carbon and Soils Advisor for the FCT. Prior to this role, Tilly worked as a soil scientist, helping to support all elements of land development, management and regeneration by providing soil analysis and technical advice.

Her passion for soil was ignited and solidified during her masters degree at the University of Edinburgh and SRUC where she studied Soils and Sustainability. Here, she was able to research and study the impact of different land uses and farming systems on soil health and ecology, and the influence these practices have on the ability of soil to sequester carbon and regulate nitrous oxide emissions.

Oliver Kynaston

Oliver joined Farm Carbon Toolkit in May 2021 as the Calculator Development Manager. He has a background in data, renewable energy and carbon sequestration, graduating with a degree in Physics from Bristol University, and then working as an analyst for wind project developer RES Group in London. 

He spent almost 10 years working in renewable energy and agricultural businesses in East Africa, starting his own company in 2010 to design and deliver low-cost solar and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants to rural farmers. He went on to work as the Chief Operating Officer for a Dutch biogas company based in Kenya and Tanzania and was responsible for manufacturing, distribution, technical development and training both staff and customers in AD technology.

On returning to the UK in 2018 Oliver has worked as an independent consultant for renewable energy and low-carbon strategy for a wide range of clients. Most recently he has carried out work under the European Innovation Partnership to understand the potential for the invasive upland Molinia grass to be processed into biochar and then used as a soil improver or growing media in horticulture across Wales. 

His family are based in North Shropshire, where he has returned to help transition the family sheep farm towards a more regenerative model. He is interested in the potential for silvopasture with sheep and developing a carbon-negative system for Welsh lamb and hogget.

Location: Wales

Stefan Marks

Stefan is based in Cornwall and supports a variety of projects at FCT, including work with Duchy of Cornwall tenant farmers and the Farm Net Zero project. Stefan grew up on a mixed tenanted family farm and studied Agriculture at the University of Reading. Here, a passion for soil health developed and became a central focus for his final year dissertation investigating the relationship between organic rotations and Soil Mesofauna populations. 

Aside from the family farm, Stefan has a diverse range of on farm experience, including livestock, arable and vegetable production. He has long been passionate about regenerative agricultural practices, recognising how they can promote better soil health to improve resilience and provide a range of mutually beneficial ecosystem services.

Rob Purdew

Rob is based on the Devon/Cornwall border and is one of our Farm Carbon and Soils Advisors here at FCT. Rob came to us from a farm advisory role with the Devon Wildlife Trust. Here he primarily advised farmers on management changes to help improve water quality, as well as helping farmers to provide wider ecosystem services. Rob has an extensive background in livestock and arable farming in the UK, and further afield in Canada. He is passionate about regenerative systems, especially grazing systems and believes soil health should be at the core of any farm business.

Rob is also currently the Southwest Regional facilitator for Pasture for Life, providing advice and support for its members in the region, additionally he has a BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Nottingham.

Andrew Rigg

Andrew farms a 400 acre family arable farm in Hampshire which has a long history of conservation management and is in a HLS scheme.  His farm is a net exporter of electricity as a result of a small ground mounted PV system installed in 2011.

Andrew also co-founded the Environment Centre in Southampton in 1992 and was its chair for 18 years.  The Centre was not involved in agriculture but had an emphasis on domestic energy efficiency and environmental management for SMEs.  More recently Andrew has been involved in renewable energy on farms, researching anaerobic digestion on behalf of the South East regional government in 2010, as a director of a solar power company, and most recently working with Forum for the Future on their Farms as Power Station project.

Andrew has been advocating the need for action on climate change since writing about it for a local newspaper in 1990.  In particular he has viewed ecological footprinting as an exceptionally good way of communicating carbon impact.  The carbon calculator enables farmers to do “what if scenarios” on their own farms to better understand the effectiveness of the practical mitigation measures they themselves can undertake.

Location: South East