Working

I work flexibly on a freelance basis with organisations who operate at different points along the breadth of the farming, food, environment, and health spectrum.

The type of organisations I work with are diverse; start-ups, family businesses, SME’s, not-for-profits, campaign & policy groups, and the public sector.   What they all share in common is a commitment to building a better, health-focused food & farming system that meets all three pillars of sustainability; society, environment and economics – “people, planet, profit”.

My consultancy service is focused in three main areas:

  • Policy:  working with you to develop policy positions, influence policy-makers, and contribute evidence to the policy-making process
  • Business Insight & Resilience: working with you to understand the bigger picture, removing limits and boundaries imposed by convention and accepted wisdoms in order to improve your vision and strategic response.
  • Communications:  working with you to develop strategic communication plans, manage media relations, write copy, speeches, policy presentations, content creation for publication across all media, and work alongside in-house communication teams to augment capacity and /or capability.

email Catherine at catherine@blacklakefarm.com

Some of the organisations I work with

Rothamsted ResearchUK national agricultural research institute
Sustainable Food Trustcharitable trust, a global voice for sustainable food & health
East Devon AONBpublic sector organisation managing landscape and rural economy of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Agri-BIPlocal enterprise agency providing business advice to Devon's rural and farming enterprises
Aberdeen Angus Cattle Societycharitable trust, breed society for Aberdeen Angus cattle
Devon Cattle Breeders' Societycharitable trust, breed society for Red Ruby Devon cattle
National Beef AssociationUK beef industry representative body
Quickes Cheesewest country family dairy farm and world-leading artisan cheese maker