Kate Mayne  -  Agriculture & the natural environment - developing cross sector relationships to benefit future policy

National Trust
Three Counties Agricultural Society

After studying at Newcastle University I worked in the eastern counties as a potato and onion agronomist, before returning to my home county of Shropshire.

Currently my work time is divided between the family farm & an independent advisory role.  On the farm I deal with the environmental management of our on-farm Anaerobic Digester (AD) facility, which has been operating since 2013.  I am also involved in greening, BPS and compliance; crop monitoring and land management.

Beyond the farm I undertake advisory work which includes permit support for AD facilities, grant and agri-environment scheme applications and adhoc project management and report writing for organisations such as the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

I work around 1 day per week as clerk to the Strine Internal Drainage Board; a small drainage authority covering around 2000ha of land north of Telford. 

Outside work mode I am a tennis, netball and cricket playing mum of 2.  I am a trustee for Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Shropshire Rural Support. I am mad keen on messing about in the countryside with my kids. 

I am immensely excited about this opportunity to study a subject so close to my heart and for that I am extremely grateful to the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust and to my generous sponsors: The Three Counties Show and The National Trust.