Tim Stephens  -  How can the farming industry and water companies work together to ensure clean water?

Studley College Trust

My job as a Catchment Adviser for Wessex Water is to improve drinking water quality by working closely with farmers in both groundwater and surface water catchments. I am part of a team of catchment advisers, scientists and technicians who work across the Wessex region to reduce losses of nutrients and pesticides to water. I believe that farmers and water companies can both gain from working together to improve water quality, as well as achieving wider benefits for the public and for our natural environment.

I was brought up on my family’s beef and sheep farm in Devon, studied agriculture at Edinburgh University, and now live in Dorset with my wife and our three young children. Before joining Wessex Water I worked in the fresh produce industry and in agricultural education. Outside of work I play rugby for Dorchester RFC. I am Treasurer of Dorset Grassland Society and have heard many inspiring Nuffield Scholars speak at our meetings over the years. This helped motivate me to apply for a Nuffield Scholarship myself.

I am incredibly grateful to both The Studley College Trust and the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust for this fantastic opportunity.