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Staff of Organic Centre Wales

The BOBL project, and with it the funds to employ dedicated staff at OCW, came to an end on 31 August 2015. OCW is continuing, albeit as a more 'virtual' centre, supported by its partners ORC, IBERS and ADAS with continuing Welsh Government funding. The website and helpline (01970 622100) continue to operate along with the monthly ebulletin. Click here to subscribe.


Nic Prof. Nic Lampkin
Executive Director, Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm
01488 658298
The Organic Research Centre (ORC) is the UK's leading independent research centre for the development of organic/agroecological food production and land management solutions to key global issues including climate change, soil and biodiversity conservation, and food security. Established in 1980 by David Astor, the Progressive Farming Trust Ltd., ORC's parent educational charity, has continued to pursue the visionary sustainability goals of its founders. Nic has played a key role in the development of the economic, policy and technical aspects of organic farming systems, in particular: European organic farming policy, Organic farm incomes in England and Wales, Environmental benchmarking and sustainability assessment.

Tony Little
01974 282813
Previously a Project Officer for the BOBL Project and after 13 years at the Centre, Tony is a familiar face to many of Wales' organic food and farming businesses. He continues to work for OCW on a freelance basis. In previous lives he has provided technical support to the organic growers and poultry producers of Wales through Farming Connect and ran the Organic Conversion Information Service for nearly 10 years. Growing fruit and veg is his first love, but he helps put on the odd sheep farm to keep his hand in!

Dafydd Owen
07772 769095
Dafydd joined OCW as Project Manager of the BOBL Project in 2009. He was Director of the project for the final phase and is currently farming the 100 acre family farm in addition to working for OCW on a freelance basis.

Pip Nicholas
Senior Research Associate IBERS
01970 622240
The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) is a world class award winning research and teaching centre at Aberystwyth University. IBERS is an internationally recognised centre of excellence and students' choice for the study of biological, environmental and rural sciences.

Research area: the study of organic and low input food supply chains, including QLIF ( a joint project between a large number of research institutions across the EU.

Heather McCalman
Grassland Development Centre, IBERS
01970 823026]
The IBERS Grassland Development Centre aims to deliver science and information to livestock farmers to improve their efficiency of grassland production and to protect and enhance grassland habitats. Through a range of activities a team of extension workers encourage farmers to improve their businesses by using appropriate practices and by introducing and developing latest technology based on IBERS research.

David Frost
ADAS Senior Organic Consultant
01974 282229
ADAS is the UK's largest independent provider of environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice. ADAS consultants have a unique combination of insight and practical experience, underpinned by robust, informed, science-based information. As a result, we have a hard earned reputation for the delivery of solutions that benefit the environment and improve client performance.

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Organic Centre Wales, IBERS, Gogerddan Campus
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