RASE and Innovation for Agriculture (IFA) have announced the appointment of new Chief Executive Andrew Lazenby. He brings 20 years’ experience in farming, food and retail, including strategic roles spanning four continents: UK, Europe, US, Africa and Australia.
For the last two years as Director of Operations at Farmcare (the farming business owned by the Wellcome Trust), Andrew was strategic lead for operations over the business’ 17,500 hectares on 11 principle farms from Scotland to Kent, Hereford to Norfolk.
In his previous role (2011 – 2015) as Head of Commercial for Leckford Estate – The Waitrose Farm, which encompasses 15 business units across a 1,800 hectare estate in Hampshire – Andrew led an initiative to design and install a rapeseed oil factory. Within two years, this was producing 1 million bottles of oil per annum. During this time Andrew was also Vice Chairman of Hampshire Fare, the UKs largest local and regional food marketing organization.
Commenting on his new position, Andrew said: ‘’I’m very excited to be joining the RASE and IfA in an era which will be recorded as the biggest period of change in UK Farming for 80 years. There are huge opportunities in every aspect of farming practice, from future technologies including robotics and automation to widespread adoption of big data.
“Combined with the soil restorative benefits of mixed farming and likely enforced reductions agrochemical use, this is truly a time of significant opportunities.
“I see Innovation for Agriculture and its partner societies as the best placed educator, commentator and influencer in the sector. The opportunity to help shape the future in UK Agriculture, which is unique in its structure and mix of primary farming and corporate, social, wildlife and scientific elements, really is once in a lifetime.’’