Session 5 Speakers


Professor Mark Reed (Chair)

Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation and Director of Engagement & Impact in the School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development , Newcastle University,

Mark Reed is a Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation and Director of Engagement & Impact in the School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development at Newcastle University, in a Research England funded Chair as part of N8 AgriFood. I am based at the Institute for Agri-Food Research & Innovation and the Centre for Rural Economy. I am a Visiting Professor at University of Leeds and Birmingham City University. I am Research Manager for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme and a member of IUCN’s international Committee on Ecosystem Management. I run a spin-out company, based on my research, training researchers how to embed impact in their research at: www.fasttrackimpact.com.


Professor Pippa Chapman

Chair in Biogeochemistry, University of Leeds

Pippa Chapman is Professor of Biogeochemistry at the School of Geography, University of Leeds, and works in the interdisciplinary field of land and water management. Her research focuses on the impacts of land use, atmospheric pollution and climate change on soil nutrient cycling, greenhouse gas emissions, water quality and the provision of ecosystem services. Since 2015 she has been involved in a number of research projects at the University of Leeds farm which aim to create more resilient and sustainable farming systems. She has experience of building strategic partnerships with stakeholders and led knowledge exchange activities and events to deliver maximum impact. She is currently the water quality lead for the Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP) £6M NERC funded programme which aims to generate benefits for Yorkshire by applying environmental science to catchment challenges


Andy Griffiths

Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestle

Andy is Head of Value Chain Sustainability for Nestlé’s UK&I businesses, responsible for the development and delivery of the Environmental Sustainability strategy both within the operation and across the value chain.

He has worked for Nestlé UK&I for over 20 years, originally in operational and engineering roles. He is both a chartered environmentalist (FIEMA) and a chartered engineer (MIET) and is focused on bringing together the engineering expertise, operational experience and environmental insights of the organisation alongside collaborative partnerships with academia and key delivery partners to develop and implement robust and effective sustainability programmes.


Tom Curtis

Innovations Partner, 3Keel

Tom is a founding Partner of 3Keel LLP, a sustainability advice company working globally on risk and resilience within natural resource value chains.  His background is in forestry and mixed estate management, and he specialises in developing new approaches to land enterprise.  A current focus is the Landscape Enterprise Networks (LENs) approach, mentioned in the Government’s 25-year plan for the environment.   In addition to his work at 3Keel, Tom is Chair of Trustees at the Soil Association Land Trust, is on the organising committee for Food and Farming Consultations at St George’s House.


Professor Ioan Fazey

Professor in Social Dimensions of Environment and Change, University of York

Ioan Fazey is Professor of the Social Dimensions of Environment and Change at the University of York, UK. He has over 60 research publications in knowledge, resilience, transformations and sustainability. He actively supports and facilitates a growing field of research and action associated with understanding how to achieve significant change in relation to social and environmental sustainability. He is a founding member and steward of the SDG Transformation Forum, co-founder of the Transformations Conference Series and trustee of H3Uni which is an action oriented organisation promoting transformative thinking and capacity for working within a rapidly changing world.