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Caroline Drummond MBE HonFSE CEnv Passes Away

Caroline is best known as a leader in agriculture and for her role as LEAF's Chief Executive for over 30 years.

Today the Society was informed by the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) of the sad news that Caroline Drummond MBE passed away on the 23rd May 2022 after a short illness.

Caroline achieved Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration in 2009 via her membership of IAgrM, and she accepted a nomination to become a Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment (HonFSE) in 2014.

In 2009, Caroline was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and received an MBE for services to agriculture.

Caroline has supported SocEnv activities on many occasions, always eager to share her knowledge to support environmental professionals and inspire others to make a difference. Most recently, we were delighted that Caroline joined us on our World Environment Day podcast special in June 2020.

Professionalism was a key part of Caroline’s career, with her postnominals including Hon DSc, NSch, HonFSE, FRAgS, FIAgM, FRSA, FSB, CEnv, BSc (Hons) Agric.

The thoughts of the SocEnv team and the extended SocEnv community are with Caroline’s family and friends at this very sad time.

Caroline’s full HonFSE citation

Caroline Drummond MBE has been the initiator and driving force for the many achievements of LEAF (Linking Farming and Environment) since its formation in 1991. LEAF’s mission is “To inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities”. LEAF meets its objectives by:

  • Guiding farmers on good environmental practice consistent with economic production and has created a community of farmers to share good practice using demonstration farms supported by technical events, publications, implementation ‘tools’ and videos. (4 technical events and 3 new videos in 2013)
  • Awarding the ‘leaf marque’ to produce so that consumers can select products that meet certified environmental standards and good farming practice. (‘Leaf Marque’ produce was sourced from 34 countries in 2013: 350,000 ha land certified to Leaf Marque standards: some major food retailers now offer complete ranges with the Marque)
  • Building public understanding of food and farming through Open Farm Sunday and farm visits to our national network of Demonstration Farms. (200,000 visitors in 2013)
  • Giving people with disabilities of all ages, older people and people who live in some of the most disadvantaged areas of England, the chance to experience food production first-hand through the ‘Let nature feed your senses’ programme. (14,100 people took part in 2013).

Caroline is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS), a Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Managers (FIAgM), a chartered environmentalist (CEnv) and a director for LEAF Marque. She was awarded the British Ecological Society: Ecological Engagement Award 2009. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRSA) 2010, a Trustee for CPRE, a Governor for the Royal Agricultural University, Rothamsted Research and the British Nutrition Foundation.

In 2003, she was recognised as a Pioneer for the Life of the Nation by Her Majesty the Queen and was selected as a woman of achievement for Women of the Year 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Caroline was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and received an MBE for services to agriculture. Caroline is a true ‘integrationist’ and effectively combines the 3 components of sustainability – environmental, economic and social – with enormous impact.