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Allerton Staff

Dr Alastair Leake

Director of Policy & The Allerton Project

Alastair has spent many years developing holistic approaches to production that maximise yields and biodiversity whilst minimising environmental impacts.

Alastair is a renowned speaker and translates the practicalities of farming right through from the River Welland catchment to the policy forming arena of Westminster.

Professor Chris Stoate

Head of Research

Chris has wide-ranging expertise in the agricultural environment and coordinates the Allerton Project’s research at a range of scales, from experimental plots to the landscape scale. He has published more than a hundred research papers, has research experience in southern Europe and West Africa and was an author of the UK’s National Ecosystem Assessment. He has formed links with other applied researchers in leading universities and research institutions in the UK and abroad.

Chris is a farmer in his own right and conducts participatory research with farmers and agricultural stakeholder groups locally.

Phil Jarvis

Head Of Farming, Training & Partnerships

Phil has been involved in all farm-based research and demonstration at the Allerton Project since 1992. Phil has combined his practical farming activities with education and training specialising in soil, cover crops and regenerative farming systems. Phil has an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and is currently the NFU Environment Forum Chair.

Saya Harvey

Training Manager

Saya has recently joined the Allerton project team as Training Manager. Saya studied Agriculture and Environmental Science at Newcastle University as an undergraduate and completed her PhD in 2008. Saya has a wealth of practical experience having worked as an ecologist for FWAG, ADAS and Scottish Power on Agri-environment research and management projects. She is now managing a small arable farm in Leicestershire and works as an environmental consultant delivering Countryside Stewardship and Rural Development applications for landowners. Saya is BASIS qualified and does all her own agronomy and fertiliser recommendations on the farm.

Dr Jenny Bussell

Soil Scientist

Dr Jenny Bussell joins the Allerton Project from Nottingham University, where she worked as a research fellow on a project funded by the British Beet Research Organisation.  The project worked with farmers across the East Midlands to investigate sugar beet establishment, cultivation, and the use of cover crops for improving soil structure.

Previously Jenny completed a PhD at Aberystwyth University focusing on plant and soil interactions under simulated climate change conditions in the Arctic.  The work focused on greenhouse gas emissions and soil microbial health, which have remained a key interest for Jenny during her career.

John Szczur

Ecologist

John has a wealth of knowledge on farmland birds, pollinators and insects. John is involved in the water friendly farming project, looking at ‘habitat, mitigation measures’ for flood prevention.

From insect emergence in cultivation trials to infiltration tests within agroforestry, John has both the practical application and scientific rigour essential for our trials work.

 

Gemma Fox

Research Assistant

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Chris French

Welland Project Officer

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Team Overview