As of 30th June 2017, FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) and LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) have formally merged.
This is great news for the two charities as well as for the food and farming industry as a whole.
The two charities have a long history of working together and are based at the same site in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, where the two teams will now join forces in the same office.
FACE members and beneficiaries can be assured that they can continue to work with FACE in the way they always have. However, in the medium- to long-term, what the merger will achieve is much greater strength and efficiency which will ultimately lead to greater influence in national policy, and a larger presence in schools.
Commenting on the merger, FACE Chairman, Ian Pigott said: "Since the inception of FACE in 2001, it has achieved outstanding results. Through the training of teachers and farmers, advising industry on the code of practice and leading the on-line resource portal ‘Countryside Classroom’, huge numbers of young people have benefitted. The opportunity to merge with LEAF heralds a new dawn for public engagement and education; we look forward to delivering even greater results for all involved in two of Britain's proudest sectors, farming and education.”
FACE CEO Dan Corlett will be leaving the charity at the end of August 2017 to pursue his calling in the Church of England. A new Director of Education and Public Engagement who will lead on the combined education work of the newly-merged organisation under the leadership of LEAF's CEO, Caroline Drummond, will be announced shortly.
Dan says "This is a very exciting time for FACE. An opportunity to grow and also to show the industry that we are serious about collaboration and partnership. I have been very privileged to lead FACE for the last four years and I am delighted to leave it in such good hands for the next phase of its development."
FACE's existing trustees will become the inaugural members of a new Education Advisory Board in LEAF, while two of their number will join the main LEAF Board.