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.

  NAME POST(S) EXPERIENCE EMAIL
Word Document Andrew Bennett CMG President Over 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

Word Document Keith Virgo Chairman
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
Word Document Paul Harding Vice Chairman
Coordinating Editor
Chair, Honours Committee
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
chairhonours@taa.org.uk
Word Document Elizabeth Warham General Secretary Experience 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

Word Document Jim Ellis-Jones Treasurer Over 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 projects treasurer@taa.org.uk

Word Document Linda Blunt Membership Secretary Horticulture 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

Word Document Antony Ellman Chair, Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF); member of Honours Panel 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

Word Document Brian Sims Technical Editor, Agriculture for Development Formerly 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

Word Document Amir Kassem OBE Coordinator, 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

Word Document Martin Evans Coordinator, Institutional/ Corporate Members; Twitter account manager 40 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. Corporate_membership@taa.org.uk

Word Document Roger Cozens Coordinator, Agribusiness Group BSc & MSc ag development. Familiar with rainfed & irrigated agric/hortic systems. Worked on DFID, SDC, World Bank, ADB projects in 20 countries. Experienced in certification for organic standards/fair trade and diversification projects. Agribusiness@taa.org.uk

Word Document 'Nathan' Duraisaminathan V Coordinator, Branches Principal Consultant with Atkins International, Specialised in irrigation, water resources and environmental management. Provides technical assistance, also manages projects funded by World Bank, European Union, EBRD in Asia and Africa. Branch_coordinator@taa.org.uk

Word Document Tim Roberts Convenor, Southwest Branch 40 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

Word Document Terry Wiles Convenor, London & SE Branch Agronomist (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

Word Document John Gowing Convenor, Northern England Branch Awaiting information from John NorthernEngland_convenor@taa.org.uk

Word Document John Ferguson Convenor, Scotland Branch BSc 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

Word Document Alex Tasker Early Career Membership Veterinarian, anthropologist, researcher, lecturer. Focus on knowledge networks & innovation in marginal agriculture. Majority experience with African pastoralist communities; Asia & Latin America fringe agriculture. Consultancy, evaluation. early_careers@taa.org.uk

Word Document OVERSEAS BRANCH ORGANISERS Ex-Officio Members of ExCO

Word Document Vacant (Sanjeev Vasudev recently passed away) Organiser, India Branch india_organiser@taa.org.uk

Word Document Bruce Lauckner Organiser, Caribbean Branch Worked at Rothamsted 1966-73. ODA 1973-79. CARDI 1979-present as Biometrician & Manager, Research and Development, Head Strategic Alliances, Manager Information & Communication, Acting Executive Director. Worked in 42 countries. caribbean_organiser@taa.org.uk

Word Document Wyn Ellis Organiser, Thailand/ Southeast Asia Branch 35+ 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

Word Document Ravi Joshi Organiser, Pacific (Fiji) Branch Agriculture, 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

Word Document Chris Kapembwa Organiser, Zambia & Southern Africa Branch Agronomy; 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