LEAF Chief Executive named one of Women Economic Forum’s ‘Women of the Decade’

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Chief Executive, Caroline Drummond, has been awarded Women Economic Forum’s ‘Women of the Decade’ award for sustainable farming, celebrating her achievements and contribution to sustainability and corporate leadership.

Caroline accepted the award today, 12th April at the Annual Women Economic Forum (WEF), in New Dehli, India. The WEF Awards 2019 celebrate achievers from all walks of life and Caroline joins numerous other women (and men) who have been recognised by the WEF.  

The annual WEF forum, which is now in its 25th year, is a global platform that brings together pioneers and practitioners in circular economy, agriculture, sustainable development, public policy, smart cities, conscious enterprises, data and tech, cybersecurity, and all aspects of engagement and empowerment. The overall theme of this year’s event is “Reimagining Societies: Reclaiming Humanity with Gender Equality”.

LEAF Chairman, Philip Wynn said: “We are delighted to announce that Caroline Drummond, who has led LEAF since 1991, has been selected as a deserving recipient of the WEF Women of the Decade award for her work to develop and promote more sustainable farming.  The award is a testament to her passion, hard work and dedication to global sustainability issues.”

Caroline Drummond added: “It is a great honour to receive this award. I am very humbled to be selected and grateful for the support of my colleagues over the years, with whom I would like to share this recognition.  It signals LEAF’s growing recognition on the global stage in driving more sustainable farming. As we strive to ensure the impact of our work is meaningful, such an award greatly raises LEAF’s profile in demonstrating what we do and what our farmers achieve.  The global environmental challenges are massive, and this award recognises that the part LEAF plays is making a meaningful difference.”

Caroline has led LEAF since it was first set up in 1991.  Her work focuses on encouraging more sustainable farming practices and building better public understanding of farming and the environment.  She is actively involved in many industry partnerships and initiatives. In 2009 Caroline was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen, and has an Honorary Doctorate from Harper Adams University, as well as a Nuffield Scholarship studying ‘What can Farmers Learn from Science to Improve the Nutrition of our Food’. She was also awarded Honorary Fellowship for the Society of the Environment, and in 2017, received the IAgrE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Landbased Sector and the Farmers Guardian Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture. In 2018 she was awarded the RASE National Agriculture Award and an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Agricultural University.

Caroline will join a plenary session during the event discussing ‘Leaders of the decade in thought leadership, innovation and sustainability’.

More information on the Women Economic Forum together with the full program with details of Plenaries and Parallel Sessions is available here: http://www.wef.org.in/wef-2019-program-details/

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John Swire - 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.