The Organic Research Centre (ORC) has announced the appointment of Lucy MacLennan – a scholar of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust – as its new CEO.
MacLennan takes over from Stuart Rogers who stepped in as interim CEO following the departure of Nic Lampkin in 2019.
MacLennan bring to the role over 25 years’ experience in the fresh produce sector. She has held senior leadership and management positions for global retailers and food producers, including Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer. In 2019 MacLennan obtained a postgraduate diploma in agri-food and sustainable supply chain from the University of Nottingham.
“I’m thrilled and excited to be appointed CEO at the ORC,” says MacLennan. “The work of the organization to redesign and deliver better farming systems based on organic and agro-ecological principles offers real value to our society.
I don’t think there’s ever been a time where emphasis on the development of sustainable agricultural practices and organic production methods has been more important
“I don’t think there’s ever been a time where emphasis on the development of sustainable agricultural practices and organic production methods has been more important. With public awareness of climate change and the environment at an all-time high, there’s enormous potential to further develop the work of the ORC and extend its potential reach and impact.
“I’m a scientist at heart, so the chance to marry my personal interests and business experience in order to lead such a fantastic and well-respected team at the ORC is a real privilege and I’m committed to continue to build on its pioneering work.”