The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has appointed Leicestershire farmer Joe Stanley as the new head of training and partnerships at its Allerton Project demonstration farm. He succeeds Phil Jarvis, who stepped down from the role after 29 years to become chairman of the Voluntary Initiative earlier this year.

LtoR: Joe Stanley and Phil Jarvis

Mr Stanley is vice-chair of Leicestershire, Northants and Rutland NFU and appears frequently on broadcast media and in the national and farming press, with his first book, Farm to Fork: The Challenge of Sustainable Farming in 21st Century Britain, published in August.

“I look forward to continuing the ground-breaking work that the project has delivered over the last 25 years on many aspects of wildlife-friendly farming,” he says. “Our food production systems must increasingly combine biodiversity and carbon whilst striving to deliver an economically sustainable model for UK growers. I look forward to working with the Allerton team to address this challenge.”

Allerton project director Dr Alastair Leake adds: “Joe will lead the training and partnership team and work closely with the farming and research departments to co-ordinate the project’s external messaging. He brings a combination of practical farming experience, a proven ability to communicate on a broad range of subjects and has a cross-section of industry contacts.”