Martin Collison, BSc (Hons), FRSA, FCIEA, FRAgS, MIAgrM

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Martin has an degree in agriculture from Wye College, University of London.  He then taught for 16 years at Writtle College specialising in financial management, agricultural trade, EU policy and business strategy.  Martin also established a series of projects to link the College with other EU states to facilitate staff and student exchange, joint course delivery and the delivery of EU funded projects.  He has taught short courses in Finland, the Netherlands and Romania.

He continues to work closely with the education sector and now gives guest lectures on food markets and policy at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln.

Martin founded an import business in 1990 which he sold in 1999 and was a partner in the family farm J A Collison and Sons from 1994-2008 which supplies cut flowers to supermarkets.  He founded Collison and Associates with Lynn in 2002, having been a consultant since 2000.  His clients have included a wide range of commercial, public and third sector bodies and he specializes in developing strategies, projects and programmes to deliver change in rural areas.  During 2012-13 Martin worked alongside the team developing the UK Agri-Tech Strategy.

Martin is a member of: East of England Food and Agriculture Board; Norfolk Rural Development Strategy delivery group and the CLA’s Agriculture and Land Use Committee.  He was Vice Chair of the Fens Adventurers Leader RDPE Group (2010-‘13) and is Chair of the Cambridgeshire Fens Leader group (2015-2020).

As well as his Higher Education, consultancy and business experience Martin was a Principal Examiner for ‘A’ Level applied business for AQA from 2000-’13 following previous work as an examiner for City and Guilds and Edexcel.

Contacts: martin@collisonassociates.co.uk  +44 (0) 7802 480 848

Lynn Collison, BSc

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Lynn has a degree in commercial horticulture from Writtle College and the University of Hertfordshire.  As Director of Collison and Associates, Lynn has worked on a range of consultancy projects on agri-food, economic, rural and community development issues across the East of England, the East Midlands and nationally since 2002.

Lynn has a background in commercial horticulture with experience of dealing with the multiples, wholesale markets and direct sales.  This has included working for businesses in Lincolnshire (fresh produce), ornamentals (Norfolk) and nursery stock production (Essex).

Lynn runs flocks of pedigree Shetland and Norfolk Horn Sheep (and member of the Norfolk Horn Breeders Group committee), successfully showing and selling breeding stock and utilising conservation grazing.  Lynn is also a member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), a Shetland Sheep Society Breed Inspector and judge a range of sheep breeds at county shows across the UK.

Lynn has particular interests in livestock breeding, agricultural development, sustainability and rural services.  She has delivered and analysed large scale consultation activities with rural businesses, public sector bodies and business organisations, ranging from face to face and telephone interviews, to public consultation events for up to 200 people and surveys of over 130 farm businesses.

Lynn was a Non Executive Director of West Norfolk Primary Care Trust from 2000-06.  Her specific responsibilities, in addition to her Board role, included chairing: the West Norfolk Mental Health Partnership Board; the Mental Health Clinical Governance Committee; the Acute Care Forum; the West Norfolk Obesity Steering Group (a  sub group of the Local Strategic Partnership); and, the Audit Committee.  Lynn also acted as a Hospital Manager hearing appeals from patients detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 until early 2008.

Lynn has combined her consultancy and professional work with a range of voluntary posts in Norfolk and the Fens.  She is currently chairman of the West Norfolk Leader RDPE group which is developing a rural business growth programme using RDPE, ESF and ERDF funding.

Contacts: lynn@collisonassociates.co.uk  +44 (0) 7802 480 844

Carol Allen, BSc (Hons)

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Carol Allen joined Collison and Associates Limited in spring 2017 as a rural grants advisor and consultant.  Until early 2017 Carol worked for Norfolk County Council as a Facilitator for the Rural Development Programme, advising applicants about the programme and its processes for application and supporting two local action groups (West Norfolk and Wensum & Coast).

Carol has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Studies (Open University) and a background in public relations having worked for multinational Dow for many years, supporting local community projects and educational programmes, media relations and internal employee relations.

Carol’s experience includes writing and delivering communications strategy, copywriting, website design and use of social media and bid writing. After a career change in 2007, Carol entered the world of fundraising, working in conservation funding with the RSPB, before joining Easton College in 2009 to support Rural Development and the LEADER programme.

Tom Collison

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Tom has worked in cut flower production, soft fruit production, fruit stock plant production and arable farming.  He is currently studying for a degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of Lincoln National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) and works at Produce World (one of the largest fresh produce companies in the UK) in research, development and innovation as well as for Collison and Associates Limited.  He is qualified in HACCP and has also developed TACCP systems for full food supply chains in the fresh produce sector.  A former Junior Member of the Year for the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC), Tom also chaired the NFYFC Youth Forum from 2012-2014.  He is now an active member of Agritech East’s Young Innovators Forum.

Tom works on agritech research and market development for Collison and Associates and brings his direct farming and food chain experience into the business to advise on agritech development.  Tom has represented Collison and Associates at international meetings on agritech in Europe including project Foodie, which is looking at the use of data in the food supply chain.

Contacts: tom@collisonassociates.co.uk +44 (0) 7827 27 11 37

Associates

We also work with a wide range of associates as needed on a project by project basis and  a wide range of other consultancies and Universities on collaborative projects.

In the last five years we have worked on projects with:

  • SQW Group – international economic development consultants with whom we have worked since 2004.  We have worked alongside SQW for the EU Commission, BIS, DEFRA and BBSRC in the last four years
  • Coffey International Development – international development consultants with whom we have worked on a project for the EU Commission with SQW, Eadater, AND International and Speed
  • SkillsReach with whom we have worked for New Anglia LEP and the SFA on the development of sector skills plans
  • Adam Peacock of Codename Consulting who has worked with us for SmithsonHill
  • A team drawn from UEA, University of Aberdeen, NIAB, Richard Whitlock Ltd and Muntons Plc to develop a UK Cereals and Oilseeds Carbon Footprinting Tool for HGCA
  • A team including University of Lincoln and the University of Portsmouth for an international seed company
  • The University of Lincoln on the impact of coastal flooding on agricultural production
  • The John Innes Centre for a genetics analysis company
  • The Adapt Group at UEA for a recycled packaging company
  • Emma Powlett – Rural Development Consultant and former East of England Regional Manager for DEFRA’s rural grant team who has worked with us on the RDPE programme and Leader developments
  • Ben Steward – Bastin Steward, property consultants worked with us on the Norfolk Rural Development Strategy
  • Lindsey Mack – Cloudqast, online training and compliance company worked with us on the Norfolk Rural Development Strategy and with whom we are now working on the East Anglian Broadband campaign