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Executive Committee (ExCo) Members

See below for a list of the TAA ExCo Members:

You can also view Career Summaries for more details of ExCo members’ experience.

 NamePost(s)ExperienceEmail
Andrew Bennett CMGPresidentOver 50 years in international natural resources development, research and disaster management in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and the Caribbean in both the public and private sectors; extensive experience in international negotiations.president@taa.org.uk
Keith VirgoChairman
Web Manager
East Anglia Convenor
Agriculture, soils, land resources, rural development consultancy; worked in Africa, S & SE Asia. BSc, recently India, Sri Lanka, Nepal. MSc, Dip Ag Eng, FRSB; Staff Consultant, ADB Sri Lanka. Director Village Ways Ltd, community-based ecotourism.chairman@taa.org.uk
webmanager@taa.org.uk
eastanglia_convenor@taa.org.uk
Paul HardingVice Chairman
Coordinating Editor
30 years experience Sudan, Indonesia, Malawi, PNG, Nepal. Soils, agronomy, plant nutrition, research. Director Lumle Centre, Nepal; Senior NR Adviser DFID & EC; Asst DG at Bioversity International. Consultant IFAD, FAO, EC, World Bank. BSc, PhD.vice_chairman@taa.org.uk
coordinator_ag4dev@taa.org.uk
Elizabeth WarhamGeneral SecretaryExperience in plant sciences at CIMMYT and technology development UK Department for Trade & Industry. Managed DFID agric research programmes. Advised on food/water security to Gov Chief Scientist, Office for Science. Head of UKTI Agri-Tech Organisation.general_secretary@taa.org.uk
Jim Ellis-JonesTreasurerOver 30 year’s experience in sub Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. Expertise in participatory research and extension methods, innovation systems, seed systems, management of natural resources and agricultural research and development projectstreasurer@taa.org.uk
Linda BluntMembership SecretaryHorticulture Education. M.Hort; Cert Ed; MSc Development Management.
Former lecturer in range of horticulture topics, including Tropical/World Horticulture.
Trustee Nepal charity 20 years
membership_secretary@taa.org.uk
Antony EllmanChair, Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF)BA, MA Agriculture, Dip Social Anthropology. Smallholder farming systems, food security, markets. >50 years’ experience as manager, planner, trainer, evaluator of small farmer projects in Africa, Asia, South America, Caribbean, South Pacific.taa_award_fund@taa.org.uk
Brian SimsTechnical Editor, Agriculture for DevelopmentFormerly head of the International Development Group at Silsoe Research Institute. Currently a consultant on smallholder farm mechanization issues, principally with FAO.editor_ag4dev@taa.org.uk
Andy WardTechnical Editor, Agriculture for DevelopmentOver 20 years working in crop protection, farming systems and getting research into use, sustainably, equitably and at scale. Lived Zambia, Tanzania, Nigeria, The Gambia. Worked on DFID funded projects, CGIAR bodies, now CropLife International.editor_ag4dev@taa.org.uk
Amir Kassem OBECoordinator, Land Husbandry Group,Agriculture, irrigation, agroecology, sustainable production intensification & land management. Worked in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe. BSc, MS, PhD, FRSB, CIBiol. Moderator, FAO-hosted Global Platform for Conservation Agriculture CoP.landhusbandry@taa.org.uk
Martin EvansCoordinator, Institutional Members40 years agriculture/agribusiness Asia, SSA, Latin America, FSU. Development, financing, management of smallholder, corporate projects. Former chair Oxford Policy Management, Farm Africa. Consultant to DFIs, companies, charities. BA & MA; PhD ag econ.Institutional_membership@taa.org.uk
VacantCoordinator, Agribusiness GroupAgribusiness@taa.org.uk
Jane GuiseCoordinator, Overseas Branches; Joint Convenor Southwest BranchLivestock scientist. Formerly ran contract research organisation, headed agricultural society. Latterly setup/managed abattoir in Caribbean with meat processing/ marketing. Currently manages UK farm with rare breed sheep; direct sales to consumers.Branch_coordinator@taa.org.uk
southwest_organiser@taa.org.uk
Tim RobertsJoint Convenor, Southwest Branch40 years overseas experience in Africa, Latin America and elsewhere. Farm and business management. Currently promoting better care of our soils.southwest_organiser@taa.org.uk
Terry WilesConvenor, London & SE BranchAgronomist (BSc Agric. DTA). 40+ years experience Europe, Africa, Australia, S America; developing CA in Australia, Brazil/Argentina & E Europe; Colombian Nat Coffee Fed; consultancy on crop-protection/ public health (EU, FAO, private sector).southeast_convenor@taa.org.uk
John GowingConvenor, Northern England BranchDirector of Postgraduate Studies, School of Agriculture Food & Rural Dev, Newcastle University. BSc Eng Sci,
MSc Agric Eng,
CEng Chartered Engineer
NorthernEngland_convenor@taa.org.uk
John FergusonConvenor, Scotland BranchBSc Agric. MSc at Reading (research on dairy goats in Tanzania). Intern ILRI in Kenya, trainer VETAID, worked in Malawi. Set up ethical business with Tanzanian sisal farmers, producing sustainable geotextiles for UK environmental applications.Scotland_convenor@taa.org.uk
David RadcliffeChair, Honours Committee, Qualifications panel40+ years experience in Africa and Asia as soils-natural resource specialist, rural livelihoods adviser, initially Hunting Technical Services, FAO and later DFID. Secondment to European Commission, working on agricultural research for development.chairhonours@taa.org.uk
PaulPaul BaranowskiEarly Career MembershipMasters in Environmental Technology, Imperial College London. Specialises in climate adaptation for smallholder farmers. His company, Climate Edge, develops low cost sensors to monitor on-farm conditions & connect farmers to latest scientific research.early_careers@taa.org.uk
OVERSEAS BRANCH ORGANISERSEx-Officio Members of ExCO
Bruce LaucknerOrganiser, Caribbean BranchWorked at Rothamsted 1966-73. ODA 1973-79. CARDI 1979-2017 as Biometrician & Manager, Research and Development, Head Strategic Alliances, Manager Information & Communication, Acting Executive Director. Worked in 42 countries.caribbean_organiser@taa.org.uk
Girish BharadwajOrganiser, India BranchAgricultural Engineer with >32 yrs experience. Specialized in agriculture, soil & water conservation, natural resource management, rural livelihood promotion. Extensive consulting experience with national and international clientele in South Asia.india_organiser@taa.org.uk
Wyn EllisOrganiser, Thailand/ Southeast Asia Branch35+ years’ in tropical agriculture, mainly SE Asia. BSc Ag/For; MSc Tropical Agric Dev; PhD, Chulalongkorn University. Consultant for funding agencies, universities, governments, NGOs. Currently Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform, UNEP Asia-Pacific.SEAsia_organiser@taa.org.uk
Ravi JoshiOrganiser, Pacific (Fiji) BranchAgriculture, food, nutrition security, climate change, rural development. Worked Asia, Africa, Pacific, Spain. PhD, FRES, FRSB. Vis Prof, Pampanga State Ag University, Researcher, U of Philippines, Adj Prof Agriculture, U of South Pacific, Fiji.Pacific_organiser@taa.org.uk
Chris KapembwaOrganiser, Zambia & Southern Africa BranchAgronomy; project preparation; M&E; sustainable food project design/ appraisal; land management & CA; agroforestry; on farm research; community development; soil/water conservation; community needs assessment; participatory community development.Zambia_organiser@taa.org.uk