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 the farmers who surround our boreholes and reservoirs. I lead a team of five catchment advisers, scientists and technicians. 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 Emily 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 and keep a small flock of sheep. 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.