Mike Ratcliffe

The Richard Lawes Foundation

I’m a 27 year old control systems engineer living in Lancashire with an interest in applying the latest engineering developments to increase global food production. From an early age I’ve been involved with a modestly sized family farm at a hands on level. It was during this time that I’ve realised how much of an impact automation could have in the lives of small farmers by reducing labour demands and increasing resource utilization efficiency.  

I work as commercial manager and systems engineer at the Aquaponics Lab.  I find my role very rewarding as it allows following my passion for farming and engineering by developing technologies for the production of healthy, sustainable and locally sourced food. I am also considerably involved with teaching, previously teaching at Lancaster University, local prisons and mentoring in Beijing China.

My interests include Open Source Projects, Farming and Camping.

I would like to record my thanks to everyone at the Aquaponics Lab for their support, my past sponsors [Farnell, Lancaster University, Sir John Fisher foundation] and mentors. I am also very grateful to the Nuffield Farming Trust staff and my sponsor the Richard Laws Foundation for supporting my work and personal development over the coming year