Vicky Robinson

LAND MANAGEMENT TEAM LEADER FOR NATURAL ENGLAND

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NAME Vicky Robinson JOB Land Management Team Leader COMPANY Natural England AGE SALARY* £20 - £30,000 *industry average

What do you do day-to-day in your job? 

I am the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Land Management Team Leader for Natural England.  Currently, I manage a team of 12 staff who are involved in working with landowners on agri-environment schemes, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Catchment Sensitive Farming.

What other jobs have you had?

Administrator role in Flood Defence and Water Resources at the Environment Agency, Pollution Prevention with the Environment Agency, Adviser with Natural England and its predecessors, mainly on the agri–environment schemes.

What other jobs or career path did you consider?

After leaving college, I considered working in the equine industry, but quickly decided to work in the agricultural sector instead. I also thought about going down the farm consultant route, but my interest in wildlife led me to working with farmers and conservation.

What do you like most about your job and its challenges?

I love working with farmers, and getting to grips with their farming systems and aspirations. This helps to inform how best to develop an agri-environment scheme that will deliver on a farm. I am also really enjoying managing a team of advisers, and working with them to plan and achieve their targets.

What qualifications do you have?

I have 9 GCSEs and 3 A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Geography.  I also have a BSc (Hons) in International Agriculture and Equine Business Management at the Royal Agricultural College (now Royal Agricultural University).

What’s your long term ambition?

I want to stay in the environmental and agricultural sectors, as this is what I am passionate about. I am keen to continue to work onwards and upwards in the industry when opportunities arise.

What one piece of advice would you give people trying to get into the farming and food industry? 

Get as much practical experience and knowledge as you can to ensure you have an understanding of the industry. This learning is continuously ongoing, as I never leave a farm without learning something new! This stands you in good stead and gains you respect with farmers. 

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