Who's involved

Innovative Farmers is made up of people like you. A growing group of progressive farmers, land managers and advisors; working together to tackle the stark challenges which farming faces.

The network brings together farming organisations from across the industry, and is backed by businesses and researchers who see the vital importance of innovation by farmers.

Innovative Farmers is part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme, funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund through the sales of Waitrose Duchy Organic products. The network is backed by a team from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Innovation for Agriculture, the Organic Research Centre and the Soil Association.






Steering Group

The programme is advised by a steering group of independent scientists and representatives from agricultural organisations. Its members also help review applications to our research fund.

Our Steering Group:

  • Prof. Tim Benton (Chair) - University of Leeds, former Global Food Security Champion
  • Dr Belinda Clarke - Agri-Tech East
  • Dr Andy Cureton - BBSRC
  • Dr Emily Pope (nee Smith) - AHDB
  • Sam Durham - NFU
  • Prof. Nigel Scollan - Queen's University, Belfast
  • Karen Covey - G's Growers
  • Prof. Michael Winter - University of Exeter
  • Dr Philip Morley - British Tomato Growers Association / APS Group
  • Jodie Mitchell - NERC
  • Dr Ian Shield - Rothamsted Research
  • William MacAlpine - Rothamsted Research
  • Prof. Tom MacMillan - Royal Agricultural University
  • Dr Charlotte Bickler - Organic Research Centre
  • Andrew Lazenby - Innovation for Agriculture
  • Caroline Drummond, MBE - LEAF UK

Research Partners

Many of the UK's top agri-research organisations have been involved in field labs, or have registered their interest in collaborating with groups.

Supporting Organisations


Former contributors to the Steering Group

  • Minette Batters - NFU
  • Stephen and Lynn Briggs - Abacus Organic Associates
  • Adrian Dolby - Barrington Park Estate
  • Prof. Ioan Fazey - University of Dundee
  • Prof. Maggie Gill - University of Aberdeen
  • Prof. Sir Charles Godfray (Chair 2012 to 2017) - Oxford University
  • Prof Nic Lampkin - Organic Research Centre


  • Prof. Erik Millstone - University of Sussex
  • Prof. Michel Pimbert - Coventry University
  • Dr Duncan Pullar - DairyCo
  • Adam Quinney - NFU
  • Iain Tolhurst - Tolhurst Organic
  • Prof. Sir Robert Watson - University of East Anglia


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