25 January 2018
Trees on livestock farms

AFINET meeting - Shropshire

15 February 2018
Trees on arable farms

AFINET meeting - Cambridgeshire



17 January 2018
Agroforestry innovation leaflets published

Factsheets produced by AGFORWARD on Innovation and best practice

16 January 2018
Challenges of organic arable farming

Free online course on OK-Net Arable



19 January 2018
Inspirational farmer-partner wanted for organic research farm

ORC wishes to appoint an inspirational share-farmer partner to manage its 80 ha Elm Farm in Berkshire from November 2018.

Mr. Richard Holmes

Job title

Deputy Director - Finance and Resources

Contact details

Email prefix: richard.h (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44(0)1488 658298 - extn. 551
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury RG20 0HR

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Hons Engineering Science, The University of Exeter (BSc Hons)
  • Qualified Accountant: Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA)
  • Qualified Company Secretary: Associate of the Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators (ACIS)
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (AMIMechE)

Main roles and responsibilities

To support the Trustees and Executive Director in the efficient management of the Organic Research Centre, with responsibility for finance, physical and human resources, to lead the administrative team and to be part of the Senior Management Team.

External activities

  • Member of the Board of Governors of the University of the West of England in Bristol, where he also serves on the Audit Committee, and the Strategic Planning and Performance Committee.
  • Volunteer for the Scout Association helping young people to develop and take a full role in society.