Meet the team

 

Joanne Pollock, advisor for Northants, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire and West Cambridgeshire

My agricultural background:
I come from a mixed farming background in Northern Ireland and most recently I have been giving water quality advice through Catchment Sensitive Farming in the Lower Great Ouse catchment (Northants, Beds, Cambs).

I want to talk to farmers about…
The challenges they face with crop protection and how we can work together to find practical solutions to the joint issue of pesticides in drinking water. It should be a two-way exchange and I want to find out what would help farmers to tackle these challenges.

Tom Edmondson, advisor for Northants, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire and West Cambridgeshire

My agricultural background:
I come from a farming background and graduated from Harper Adams in 2005. I have been advising growers on biosolids, NVZ guidelines, precision farm mapping and applications of all agricultural
inputs from fertiliser to seed and even slug pellets at a large agronomy company.

I want to talk to farmers about...
How their farm practices are impacting not only on water quality but also the efficacy of pesticides that are being used on farm, after all if we are seeing them in the raw water then they have not been made full use of when applied on the target crop. 

 

Gary Hodgetts, advisor for Essex and Suffolk

My agricultural background:
I started with CEFAS back in 2001 in the marine and
coastal sector and went on to deliver stewardship agreements and look after Sites of Special Scientific Interest for Natural England. Since early 2012 I have been the Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer for
the Stour and Colne plus Gipping and Orwell Catchments, working with farmers to reduce potential diffuse water pollution risks from agriculture.

I want to talk to farmers about...
Their own holding’s land characteristics and farm business in order to advise them about resource protection opportunities, potential help available, new products, thinking and equipment. 

Kelly Hewson-Fisher, advisor for Lincolnshire

My agricultural background: I started life on a dairy farm in Lincolnshire and after a degree in Agri-Food Marketing and Business Studies from Harper Adams I joined ADAS as an Agricultural Business Consultant and spent 12 years working through the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber Region and East Anglia.

I want to talk to farmers about...
I want farmers to ask where their water drains to, the importance of their water bodies, the impact their actions have and what can they do to help mitigate the problems. I would like to be able to provide farmers with the facts and information to enable them to make informed choices. 

Rob Holland, advisor for Norfolk and Suffolk

My agricultural background:
I studied at Riseholme Agricultural College in Lincoln leaving with a diploma in agricultural management, worked on a variety of farms before becoming an Agriculture Liaison Officer for the National Grid (gas) during mains laying projects across the UK. Before joining Anglian Water I was delivering catchment advice to farmers in the Broadland area and Suffolk on behalf of Essex & Suffolk Water and the Broads Authority.

I want to talk to farmers about...
The issues that they have that seem “impossible to solve”. I believe there is always an answer, it just needs the right approach. Talking to farmers and land managers and finding those innovations that suit an individual situation is very satisfying. Each farm, indeed every field, is unique and often need unique measures. I want farmers to invite Anglian Water onto their farm to discuss improvements they could be making, with Anglian Water’s help, to reduce the impact they may be having on the environment.

 

 

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