FACE has appointed its new Chief Executive who firmly believes children need to know more about where their food comes from.
With Britain more reliant on imported food than ever, incoming Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) chief executive Dan Corlett said the challenges of food security were vital and that it was essential that youngsters were educated to base decisions on how their food is produced.
FACE has been working with farmers, schools, Government and industry partners, to include education on food and farming within the curriculum, since 2001 and Mr Corlett will now hope to build on this success.
"I’m really impressed by what FACE has achieved since it was started in 2001, but if anything, the need has become even greater. Never has it been more important for young people to understand where their food comes from, and make choices about how it is produced and how they consume it.
“Food security will be one of the defining issues of this century and it is essential that we develop tomorrow's leaders and citizens to understand the scientific, economic, ethical, political and social issues surrounding food production, and stewardship of land-based resources.
“I am very excited to be returning to my rural roots, working alongside the very dynamic FACE staff and board of trustees, and contributing to the future of agriculture.”
Mr Corlett has spent his career in the education sector with leadership roles spanning the design of learning technology, the teaching of entrepreneurship, and the provision of careers services. Working from within Higher Education, he has partnered with charitable foundations, blue-chip corporates, local and national government, and primary and secondary schools to deliver innovative learning projects.
He has been connected with FACE for ten years, while his rural upbringing brought him very close to farming and countryside issues. As a former churchwarden and trustee, Mr Corlett is also experienced in charity governance.
He will replace Bill Graham, who recently retired from the post after developing the organisation from its inception in 2001. Mr Corlett will take up his new role in mid-September.
For further details contact: Janet Hickinbottom
0845 838 7192.
Download the press release about new Chief Executive Dan Corlett here.