Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) has appointed Vicky Robinson as its new director, technical.

Robinson, a Nuffield Farming Scholar who lives near to her family farm in Oxfordshire, has over 22 years of experience working for Natural England and its predecessors. She has experience of agri-environmental schemes and was involved in developing business processes for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

In this role, Robinson will lead the delivery of LEAF's techncal strategic growth, covering the core areas of LEAF Marque certification and sustainable farming knowledge generation and exchange.

Commenting of her appointment, she said:

“I am very excited to be joining LEAF at this time in its 30-year history.

"I have seen what LEAF has achieved during this time in terms of supporting farmers to farm more sustainability and ensuring they are recognised for their environmental credentials in the marketplace.

"LEAF has such an important role to play in promoting the values of more nature-based, regenerative farming and supporting farmers at this time of transition for the industry. The next 30 years are full of potential, and I am really looking forward to working with the team in an industry I am passionate about, and am proud to be a part of.” 

LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond added the existing LEAF team is "delighted" to have Robinson join them.

"Her vast knowledge of the sustainability sector and agri-environment schemes combined with her wide experience and knowledge of farmer-to-farmer knowledge exchange at a grassroots level will be invaluable as we embark on our ambitious ten-year strategy to meet the growing need for our services and continue to build on the potential of the organisation," added Drummond.