Professional expertise

2012           ‘Goddess Gaia’ statuette from the Economics and Management Faculty, Czech University of Life                     Sciences, Prague, in recognition of academic collaboration since 1993.

2009            Presented with the 2010 National Farm Management Award for outstanding contribution                                 to farm management in the UK.

2007             Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2000             Fellow, Institute of Agricultural Management (FIAgrM)

2000/9         Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement Of Arts, Commerce And Manufactures (FRSA)

1974             M.Sc. Agricultural Economics (Agricultural Policy), University of Reading.

1973             B.Sc. (Hons.) Agricultural Economics, Upper Second Class, University of Newcastle.

Areas of expertise      

  • Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by farms, rural businesses and communities.
  • Farm and rural business management
  • Rural economic and social development; rural employment and training; 
  • Design and implementation of programmes of learning in further and higher education level; education for sustainable development.
  • Design and management of short training courses and open learning materials; training of trainers. 

Transferable skills

  • Research methodologies, especially qualitative;
  • Project management and control;
  • Public speaking and presentation;
  • Participative training techniques;
  • Writing of various types: academic, business, copy-writing;
  • Fast touch-typing;
  • Competence with IT, including  MS Office; MS Project; Filemaker Pro; Perseus (online surveys); SPSS; Finale and SmartScore music.