Suffolk FWAG are a team of dedicated and experienced advisors who specialise in environmental integration within farmed landscape. Providing expert, independent and meaningful advice to the farming and the land management sector.
Joining as our new Chairman Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Ranging from roles within the DEFRA as part of the RPA Rural Development team, to rural development manager leading the ADER project, to securing and facilitating strategic EU-funded projects, Chris’ expertise knows no bounds.
He has future-proofed the family farm optimising the use of energy water and solid resources to build resilience for the arable operation whilst also diversifying into the hospitality sector with Welhams Meadow Holiday Lodges.
Chris Knock Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Executive Officer
As an Environmental Conservationist and Business Developer, with over 20 years combined experience, I am keen to promote a ‘New Approach’ – one that embeds the ‘Value’ of natural capital at its heart, mitigates risk and delivers profitable and healthy production. Supporting farming towards more sustainable futures is much about knowledge sharing and building social and environmental resilience to adapt and shape change.
My role as CEO is to ensure farmers have access to exemplary advice and guidance, especially during periods of uncertainty and rapid change and Suffolk FWAG have strong foundations and a legacy of trusted advice within the farming sector. Knowledge is essential for informed decision making – enabling a more adaptive approach to farming. I believe any new environmental land management scheme can readily sit within highly productive, innovative and competitive farmed environments – it is a question of ‘optimising’ resource not ‘maximising’. There is an immense opportunity to change the way we manage land to create a ‘win-win’ scenario. Farms need to be operating as productive resilient food producers where the output is long term ‘quality’, not short-term volume that depletes natural capital. As such we have been busy expanding our ‘Advisory Portfolio’ to ensure farming in this region has a sustainable and exciting futures.
Specialist Areas: Complex Systems, Natural Capital, Ecosystem Services, Woodland & Forestry, Business Strategy and Development, Project Management, Leadership, Facilitation & Collaboration, Innovation and Best Practice.
Anna Beames Mobile: 07740 901590
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MSc, Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Conservation Management, Chartered Environmentalist, Member of the Institute of Agricultural Engineers.
Senior adviser working for FWAG for over 20 years. Lives on the Essex/Suffolk border on the family farm which she helps run along side a livery business. Dora has extensive experience of successful Environmental Steward Scheme agreements and compliance issues … has been involved with all aspects of woodland management, Woodland Management Plans and applying and managing grants, has undertaken many Farm Assurance and Audits, (incl LEAF), Advised in aspects of farm diversification, resource protection, Basic Payment Scheme Undertaken health checks, whole Farm Plans, mapping.
Worked with a wide range of partners/projects.
Dora Nichols Mobile: 07713 333191
Dora Nichols Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GCN Project Manager & IT
Denise started her career in law firms and for many years worked as IT & Practice Manager. After having her first child she decided to set up her own IT company which has been going strong for over 20 years.
In 2018 she was introduced to Suffolk FWAG and worked with Anna to create their website, which continues to evolve. Denise continued working with FWAG taking on their IT.
During recent years Denise has undertaken management of the Great Crested Newt Pond Project for Suffolk FWAG, which restores and creates ponds within the farming community.
When not knee deep in ponds, Denise can be found spending quality time with her Husband, two children, and mini home zoo, especially her beloved dog Mavis. Denise is very much an animal lover and has completed two London Marathon’s to raise money and awareness for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. She continues to support them whenever and however she can.
Denise Dormer Email: email@example.com
Environmental Farm Advisor
Manufacturing and Retail Industry focusing on the sustainable development and supply of new food products across the UK, Europe, and Asia.
Following on from this and a wish to get back to her agricultural roots, Ellie moved towards Agricultural Sustainability and Sustainable Production Systems where she was responsible for managing relationships between Farmers, Retailers and Government NGOs. Specific projects saw her develop influential Net Zero strategies for Morrisons by 2030 and communicating new implementations to the whole supply chain.
Additionally, Ellie has been greatly involved in innovative Nitrogen Use Efficiency projects for key cereal programmes where the home farm has often been subject to various trials of new monitoring processes and benchmarking techniques. Ellie also has experience working on Global Government Projects including collaborations with
China looking at precision farming technologies to enhance agricultural productivity of cereals and grassland.
In her spare time, Ellie helps out on the Suffolk farm with tasks varying from assisting with the indoor pigs units to taking control of farm assurance schemes such as Red Tractor and RSPCA Assured as well as grant applications for sustainable practices.
Ellie is currently on maternity leave so please contact Andy Brenchley should you have any queries.
Andy Brenchley Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental and Livestock Advisor
Bsc Hons – Equine and Veterinary Biosciences. RAMA – Registered Animal Medicines Advisor.
Having grown up on the beautiful Suffolk coast and finding a passion for the working countryside. Andy began by creating his own herd of rare breed pigs, he went on to claim many prizes such as “Best Suffolk Breeder” at the 2014 Suffolk Show. Graduating from Aberystwyth University in 2018 with honours and returned to Suffolk where he turned his hand to sheep and cattle farming where he managed a prolific herd of red poll for 3 years.
Andy has gone on Co- Found MIC Animal Services- a Parasite Diagnostics Lab who strive to improve the UKs Herd and Flocks heath by adapting new technologies and methods to promote a more sustainable way of livestock farming. Andy who has joined Suffolk FWAG in 2023 to develop the role of livestock in the future of Regenerative Agriculture.
In his spare time Andy can be found, making gemstone jewellery, rock climbing and exploring the countryside with his Welsh Collie Kobe.
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Product Business Development Manager
Living and volunteering in Suffolk his whole life, Josh has developed a passion for the environmental landscape and developed it into a career. Graduating from Writtle University College in 2017, Josh worked alongside agricultural students to bolster his conservation efforts within the working agricultural setting whilst utilising technology to model and evidence the work. Using environmental enhancement and bolstering as a key problem solving skill, Josh has worked across the country in civil engineering and business operation, advising on a wide variety of options including carbon net zero, energy and operational efficiency, policy creation, sustainability, and wellbeing, whilst creating habitat and opportunities for nature.
He has recently moved back to the agricultural sector to help tackle the growing pressure and seek more opportunities for farmers and nature. As part of Suffolk FWAG, he will help create and develop practical new tools and services to help advisors and farmers alike.
In his spare time he still volunteers with local wildlife teams, rehabilitates injured hedgehogs, and walking the countryside with his wildlife photographer partner.
Joshua Abbott Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Development Consultant
Joolz is an East Anglian boy – he was born in Norfolk and he grew up on a small farm in Suffolk. Over the last 30 years has held a variety of senior positions, as a Managing Director and Director of a PLC, focussing on business & product development and change management in large organisations. Delivering data based and technology solutions for clients, helping improve business performance and return on investment.
Having developed applications in the property tech sector, including data, mapping and communications; Joolz has more recently worked in the third sector, for a Think Tank. Focussing on common good land use with shared benefits; developing mapping applications to support food production and community led development, using open government and local authority data. Using better data to make better decisions.
Joolz has a keen interest in nature and biodiversity and how we combat the climate crisis through carbon sequestration and behavioural change, including routes to market, value chain, supply and demand.
He is a Founder of Ikigai Farm Ltd, a Community Benefit Society (CBS), based in Suffolk and with land in Norfolk; delivering Community Supported Agriculture, to combat social isolation and loneliness. The CBS also operates the local pub; The White Horse Thelnetham. He’s always happy to chat about food, farming and land use – particularly over a pint, brewed by the pub.
Joolz Thompson Email: joolz.thompson
Senior Environmental Farm Advisor
After nearly 10 years working frontline with London Ambulance Service and South-Central Ambulance NHS Trust, Sven made the move to a career in conservation and agriculture, starting as a Park Ranger and Farm ranger for Hampshire Countryside Services. From there, Sven has gone on to manage farms for Hampshire County Council, abroad in France, and most recently for Suffolk New College whom under Sven’s management became the first FE/HE farm in the United Kingdom to achieve a LEAF Marque. Sven has experience managing strategies in environmentally sensitive areas including NVZ, SSSI and country parks. He also has first-hand experience managing and implementing HLS, CS and SFI schemes. Freelance work has seen Sven organise and run training courses for the Nigerian Oyo State Government on sustainable agriculture and organising learning visits abroad for AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.
Sven holds level 3 agricultural management Diplomas from both the UK and France, A BSc in health Sciences, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management. Sven is a Commended Member of the Institute of Agricultural Management (CMIAgrM), a Full Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (MIEMA) and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).
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