South West farming’s positive role in delivering the Net Zero Solution

A presentation by Melanie Squires MBE, BSc Hons Ag, ARAgS

Part of our 2020 President’s Symposium.

Melanie Squires comes from a Cornish dairy farming family and has lived in Devon for the last 20 years. She joined the NFU South West team in January 2002 as a policy adviser, promoted to senior in 2003 and then to Regional Director in March 2006.

She holds a Non-Executive Director role on the Heart of the South West LEP Board which covers Devon and Somerset – appointed May 2017 as ‘Rural Champion’ and from 2020 also Place theme leadership chair for the LEP, which represents infrastructure, rural, coastal, digital, transport, energy and natural capital work delivery. She is a past trustee to the Seale-Hayne Education Trust and outgoing 2016/17 Chairman, and a longstanding SW CBI Council member.

Mel was awarded an MBE in 2008 for services to Gloucestershire’s rural community and for animal welfare efforts during the flooding of July 2007.


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For more information please consult the PDF files below.

List of presentations
Clare Broom DL
Prof. Ian Bateman OBE (Exeter University)Valuing Nature: unavoidable and necessary
Prof. Rosie Hails MBE (National Trust)Restoring nature for public benefit
Mel Squires MBE (NFU)South West farming’s positive role in delivering the Net Zero Solution
Rachel Thomas CBE, DL (Exmoor Society)Battleground bred the Exmoor Society
Harry Barton (Devon Wildlife Trust)Building a nature recovery network in Devon
Clare Broom DL


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