LEAF appoints new LEAF Marque certification and assurance manager

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has announced the appointment of Sue Whittington as LEAF Marque certification and assurance manager.

Previously, Sue worked at NSF Certification, where she gained extensive knowledge and experience in the management and development of assurance schemes and standards in both the UK and overseas for national, international and individual clients.

Sue is from a farming background, with a degree in Crop Science and Crop Production from the University of Reading and is BASIS and FACTS qualified. Prior to her time at NSF Certification, Sue worked for growers and importers of fruit, salads, vegetables and flowers in various technical and agronomic roles, helping growers meet the requirements of their customers.

Speaking on her new position at LEAF, Sue Whittington commented: “I am hugely excited to have joined the LEAF team at this time of change within the agriculture industry, and relish the opportunity to play a role in the continued development of LEAF Marque. It is a great privilege to be part of such a robust, credible, and increasingly global, assurance system, which I have seen evolve during the time I was with NSF Certification.”

Caroline Drummond, LEAF Chief Executive added: “We are delighted to welcome Sue as our new Certification and Assurance Manager.  We have worked with Sue for many years in her previous role at NSF Certification, so not only is she familiar with LEAF Marque and our work, but also she brings a wealth of expertise and understanding around farm assurance, its governance, training and processes.  At this critical time for the farming industry to demonstrate its quality, integrity and environmental responsibility, LEAF Marque is well placed to demonstrate farmers’ commitment and Sue will play a pivotal role in helping us accelerate our work in this area.”

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Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.