To celebrate 10 years since the formation of Farming & Countryside Education (FACE), the trustees are pleased to announce that Lord Henry Plumb has agreed to be its Honorary President.
Lord Plumb said ‘I am delighted to become the first President of Farming & Countryside Education. Having watched FACE grow and develop over the past 10 years, I have been impressed by its achievements in reconnecting young people with farming and the countryside. This is such a vital area of work close to my heart. It is so important that young people, as consumers of the future, learn how to make informed decisions by understanding where and how their food is produced and who manages the countryside. The success of FACE has been its ability to bring together organisations with many differing views and approaches to further common aims through education. I want to help FACE to promote its work and to encourage everyone in the farming community to play their part.
Lord Plumb’s career has combined agriculture with politics, including nine years as President of the NFU, and 20 years as an MEP including two years as President of the European Parliament – the only Briton to hold this post. He is a founder member of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council, and has just retired from the presidency of the National Sheep Association. He was made a life peer in 1987.
John Lee, Chairman of FACE, said, “There could not be a better or more qualified person to have as a President than Henry Plumb. He is best known for his lifetime of outstanding leadership of UK and European agriculture but also brings considerable practical experience of farm-based education from the classroom where their son John runs his Warwickshire farm.
Bill Graham, Executive Director of FACE, added, “Henry has always shown a keen interest in the work of FACE and I am delighted that he has accepted this position to be an ambassador for our work throughout the industry. I am convinced that his wisdom and practical experience of farm education will add a new dimension to this vital work.”