Virtual panel on Sustainable and Regenerative Agriculture: a Cross-sector Perspective w. Prof Gideon Henderson, CSA, Defra

As organisations across the sectors are looking ahead to implementing the commitments around biodiversity and climate change resilience made at COP26, we are delighted to convene this expert panel exploring the UK's approach to sustainable and regenerative agriculture. 

Join us for your opportunity to:

  • Build your understanding of 'regenerative' agriculture, and what it could mean for your organisation's environmental and sustainability strategies 
  • Learn how Defra might integrate key recommendations from the National Food Strategy into future policy 
  • Discuss the role of collaboration in achieving net zero for agricultural production 
  • Pose your questions to our renowned speakers  


  • Prof. Gideon Henderson

    Chief Scientific Advisor

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    Professor Gideon Henderson is the Chief Scientific Advisor at Defra, and a Professor of Earth Sciences at the Department of Earth Sciences in the University of Oxford. He has also jointly held positions as Senior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford since 2012 and as Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University since 1999. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. His research uses geochemistry to understand surface earth processes, particularly those relating to climate, the ocean, and the carbon cycle.

  • Prof. Henrietta Moore

    Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity


    Professor Henrietta L. Moore is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity and the Chair in Culture Philosophy and Design at University College London (UCL). A leading global thinker on prosperity, Professor Moore challenges traditional economic models of growth arguing that to flourish communities, businesses and governments need to engage with diversity and work within environmental limits. Her work crosses disciplines, from social science to the arts to business innovation and she applies these different perspectives to inform research and policy at all levels. Her recent work has seen her transition beyond academia into the public sphere providing commentary on topics such as Universal Basic Services, Brexit, Artificial Intelligence, displaced people and the gender pay gap as a respected leading intellectual. She retains ongoing interests on issues of globalisation, mass migration, gender, social transformation and livelihood strategies, new technologies and agroecology which have shaped her career and her engagement with policy making. She is committed to involving grassroots communities in the production of new types of knowledge through citizen science. Professor Moore is an Advisory Panel Member for the Dasgupta Review of the Economics of Biodiversity and part of the Rebuilding Macroeconomics Management Team. She serves as President of the British Institute in Eastern Africa and on the Scientific Advisory Council at DEFRA, UK Government. She is a Trustee at the Barbican Centre Trust, a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Academician of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, and a Member of the Institute of Directors. In 2016 Professor Moore was made Dame Commander for the British Empire for contribution to social sciences, services to business, policy and the arts. Professor Moore is the Chair and Co-founder of SHM Productions a research and strategy consultancy using academic insights to boost business innovation and the founding trustee of the SHM Foundation which works globally for positive social change in learning, health, citizenship and the arts. Professor Moore was formerly William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, the LSE Deputy Director for research and external relations, and Director of the Gender Institute at the LSE from 1994-1999. As well as Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity, Professor Moore is the lead academic on the ESRC-funded RELIEF Centre aiming to improve levels of prosperity in Lebanon, the country with the world’s largest number of refugees per capita. She is co-Chair of the Social Prosperity Network, Chair of the London Prosperity Board, and Chair of FastForward 2030 a network and collaborative platform for businesses aiming to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models.

  • David Webster

    Director of Sustainability and External Affairs – UK Grocery Division

    Associated British Foods

    David has worked in the food sector for most of his career, starting in a local feed and flour mill in the late 1980s. On graduating from University, he worked briefly in fundraising before joining Unilever in 2000, and then Jordans breakfast cereals in 2005, where he supported Bill Jordan MBE on the Conservation Grade farm biodiversity programme. In 2008, Jordans was acquired by Associated British Foods Plc (ABF) and David was appointed Head of Sustainability for the newly created Jordans & Ryvita Company. In that capacity he helped develop the Jordans Farm Partnership, bringing together The Prince’s Countryside Fund; Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF Marque) and The Wildlife Trusts to create a sustainability protocol that is now applied across 15,000ha of farmland, of which over 4,000ha are directly managed for wildlife. In 2017, David was appointed Director of Sustainability and External Affairs for the UK Grocery division of ABF, which comprises a range of leading UK food brands including Kingsmill, Pataks, Silver Spoon, Tolly Boy rice, Elephant Atta, Mazzetti l’Originale, Dorset cereals and Ryvita crispbread.  Since 2013 David has served as a Trustee of the British Nutrition Foundation, whose vision is to ensure that everyone can access a healthy, sustainable diet.



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