Dr Sean Rickard - Campaign Spokesperson
Former Chief Economist of the NFU (1987 – 1995), Sean is widely known and respected throughout the UK farming industry. Today he runs a consultancy blending strategic thinking with a practical understanding of the challenges facing farming and its supply chains (domestic and international); the trilemma of food security, sustainable development and climate change. He holds numerous board, committee and executive roles, including Member, BBC Rural Affairs Advisory Committee, Chair First Milk Members’ Council, Non-Executive Director NFU Sugar Board, Chair Farm Business Awards Judging Panel and previously Member of the Technology Strategy Board’s Sustainable Agricultural and Farming Steering Group (2010-2016); Member of Defra’s Horticultural Supply Chain Task Force (2009-2011); Member, Defra’s Fruit and Vegetable Task Force (2009-2010); Minister of Agriculture’s ‘Think Tank’ on future European agricultural policy (1995-97); Member of the European Commission’s, Conformity Assessment Core Team (2003-2005); Employers’ representative on the Agricultural Wages Board (1989-1996); CBI Economic Situation Committee (1985-1994).
After a career in Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising in London, in 1992 Liz relocated to the countryside when her children were young and set up a household staff recruitment business, a service mainly for HNWI and working parents to source nannies and housekeepers. In 2007, after a savage hammer attack which left Liz’s 15-year-old son brain damaged, Liz began an extensive campaign to get answers and improve community cohesion. Tensions around the Brexit campaign motivated Liz into becoming an active part of the Remain campaign. In General Election 2017, Liz stood as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in North Swindon and in 2018 Liz headed up the Article 50 Challenge team, taking the Government to court in June 2018 in a bid to find the legal decision to leave the EU. In December 2018, Liz was selected as PPC by the Cotswold Liberal Democrats. In October 2018 Liz organised a BrexiTime panel event focused on the illegalities of the Brexit process in Swindon. Liz lives with her partner on a large - 1,700 acres, mixed farm (arable, suckler herd and 110 acres of solar). Concerns of the looming catastrophe on agriculture and the countryside, Liz decided to repeat the BrexiTime event recently at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. The panel was made up of Sean Rickard (ex NFU economist), Jessica Simor QC (Leading Human rights/EU barrister), John Newman (Farm Manager of Abbey Home Farms and Liz Webster
(PPC Cotswold LibDems).