With a food science background, career in the grain trade and a tenure as Head of Supply Chain at a leading agricultural cooperative, Sarah brings a significant breadth of experience to her work, whether in consultancy, advisory, speaking or as a trustee or non-executive director.
As an independent advisor, agricultural consultant and partner in the family farm, Sarah’s key principle is “Farm profitably and tread lightly.” She applies this maxim to developing sustainable business models right along the agrifood supply chain, delivering real, long-term solutions and high-value, measurable outputs.
It’s also an approach which she advocates in her speaking engagements. “Profit has been a dirty word when applied to farming, but it shouldn’t be,” she told delegates at the Oxford Farming Conference debate in 2019. “Farmers are more than civil servants or park keepers.” Sarah believes it is possible for farm businesses to increase revenue while being mindful of our environmental impact and responsibilities.
Sarah is a strong voice in the debate surrounding the digital landscape in agriculture, connecting disparate industry groups and social outreach, and welcomes opportunities to engage in public or media dialogue on these topics.
Sarah supports agrifood businesses along the supply chain in identifying their goals, overcoming obstacles, improving their productivity and minimising their environmental impact.
Sarah is a highly skilled, thought-provoking speaker who has appeared at several high-profile events including the Financial Times Global Food Systems Summit and the Oxford Farming Conference debate.
Sarah relishes the diversity of experience that Trustee and Non-Executive Directorships bring to her working life. She is currently serving as an Appointee to the NFU National Crops Board, and is elected member of the East Midland Crops Board.