Alexandra Parker  -  Where Corporate meets Family in Business

Trehane Trust

Having grown up on a family farm, I was always interested to understand the rest of the food supply chain. I started my career in the fresh produce industry before joining Dairy Crest in the Milk Procurement team.

Cornwall will always be home for me where I grew up. I am very lucky to have best of both worlds; I now spend much of my time between head office in Surrey, where I live nearby with my husband, and Davidstow in Cornwall, home to the nation’s favourite cheese brand Cathedral City.

As well as being fully immersed in the corporate structure and culture at head office which is open to a wide variety of stakeholder interaction, I also spend lots of time with my team in the South West, building and maintaining strong relationships with our Davidstow farmers. My time on farm keeps me in touch with the challenges our farmers face, enabling me to articulate key messages to all stake-holders throughout the organisation, all the way to board level.

Alongside my role with DC, I have always been included and informed of activities and developments within our family farming business in Cornwall through our ‘next generation’ group, where we discuss business performance, new ventures and succession planning.

I am passionate about people development and change management. Through the insight I will gain from Nuffield, I believe I can leverage my strengths, values and learning’s to bridge the gap between two organisations as well as corporate and family business structures.

I am very grateful to The Trehane Trust for sponsoring me and I hope to share my knowledge with Nuffield and the wider farming community, both within and outside my work.