About Geoff Sansome
Geoff is Head of Agriculture for Natural England, the governments’ statutory adviser on the Natural Environment. Natural England works with over 50,000 farming business to help deliver biodiversity and landscape outcomes and protect our most precious sites and species.
Geoff has 30 years experience of supporting farmers and rural communities, at home and overseas. Geoff trained as an agronomist with ADAS then specialised in International Technical assistance programmes in Eastern Europe before returning to lead Rural Development initiatives in the UK. He is a Nuffield Farming Scholar and also farms with his family in Worcestershire.
The management of on farm environmental assets, or natural capital, is often presented as something that happens alongside profitable farming, or something that can only occur when individual farms are profitable. EU exit is likely to considerably alter the basis on which farmers and land managers are rewarded, with an increased emphasis on public goods. Geoff will explore some of the best practice in this area to make the case for farming natural capital.