Tom Ormesher - Water Markets and Irrigation Business Growth
My formative years were spent in Kent working summer jobs on various farms. I loved every minute of my degree at Wye College, focussing on environmental science - but always through the lens of agriculture and countryside management. After graduation I spent several years working in a multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy, which included projects related to the impacts of abstraction management and water transfer schemes; and a secondment to Thames Water.
I’ve worked at the NFU since 2013 as the Environment and Land Use Adviser in South East England, taking the job shortly after my partner and I completed building a house on her family’s farm nearby. My current work involves advising NFU members on regulatory matters and advocating the interests of farmers with wider society on issues relating to development planning, water resources, water quality, flooding, land drainage, rights of way and agricultural tenancy. This involves several ongoing initiatives designed to help characterise the need for irrigation security and to identify realistic options for increasing available water for food production across the region.
It’s a great privilege to have been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship made possible by the John Oldacre Foundation.