Head of Commercial Services and Projects

Annette McDonald

Head of Commercial Services and Projects, EDH

Under the direction of the Assistant Principal, Annette takes operational responsibility for the organisation and management of RADA. This includes the co-ordination of interventions to businesses across the college.  She also takes strategic responsibility for, and leads on college bids, skills and workforce development.

To contact Annette please email: AnnetteM@reaseheath.ac.uk

The RADA team

RADA is staffed by experienced KT, research, demonstration and project management staff. The team and partner organisations are professional, accessible, farmer focused and flexible in their dedication to filling the skills and knowledge gaps that the farming community needs in order to be profitable and sustainable.

Janet Nuzum

ERDF Business Advisor

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Jan Nuzum is the Business Advisor for the ERDF Business Growth team. She comes to the team having served in numerous roles in the British Army including personnel development, project management, strategic and operational planning, training and development. More recently she worked as a Business Development Manager for a construction company, and implemented several innovative processes to win new business from new construction sectors. She is also a highly efficient project manager, having delivered numerous complex commercial and domestic builds across various construction disciplines. In her appointment at Reaseheath College, Jan brings her extensive and wide-ranging experiences and knowledge to assist businesses on their growth journeys. She is passionate about understanding the challenges businesses face in taking their company to the next level and she provides practical and workable solutions to enable their growth. Jan’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership.

To contact Janet, please e-mail: Janet.Nuzum@reaseheath.ac.uk

Lesley Innes

Knowledge Transfer Facilitator

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From a farming background, Lesley’s is responsible for knowledge exchange (KE) in rural businesses and agriculture, focusing on KE to upskill and improve profitability. Lesley’s extensive experience was developed through her previous work on RDPE Livestock Northwest, RDPE Skills Programme and Princes Countryside Fund Project.

Lesley has established an exceptional network of farmers, allied agricultural industries as well as farming organisations including levy boards, charities and business discussion groups.  She organises and facilitates farmer-led KE, including discussion groups, demonstration events, conferences and skills training, both off site and at Reaseheath College Farm. A key area for Lesley is to create KE opportunities for ‘farmer and student forum’ that is pertinent to both learner groups. The aim of all activity is to improve farm profitability in all sectors through knowledge exchange and sharing best practice.

Current projects include the Association of College Dairy LEAN project and the ERDF Business Growth Programme, and she is also holds the secretariat role for Cheshire Grassland Society and Cheshire County Farms Competition.

To contact Lesley, please e-mail: lesleyi@reaseheath.ac.uk

Beth Chinn

ERDF Business Growth Programme Coordinator

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Beth is responsible for coordinating the Reaseheath Business Growth Programme work and ensuring the project remains compliant and on track. Beth started with the RADA (Reaseheath Agricultural Development Academy) team as a projects administrator which allowed her to gain invaluable knowledge and experience on various projects leading to her promotion, first to Assistant Project Manager and then to Project Coordinator. Beth’s key skills are her adaptability, problem solving and tenacity.

To contact Beth please e-mail: bethc@reaseheath.ac.uk or call 01270 616492

The FES team

Dr Nicola Hall

Farm Environmental Services Manager

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Nicky joined the RADA Farm Environment Services team from FWAG, having been with the conservation charity for 2 years.  Nicky specialises in work on soil and nutrient management. Nicky is FACTS qualified and undertakes work on NVZ and nutrient planning, soil husbandry, woodland management and grant applications, as well as applications for agri-environment schemes (ELS/HLS).  Nicola has first-hand knowledge of both crop management and livestock systems built up through her previous research work and advisory experience, and lives on a farm in rural Cheshire.

To contact Nicola, please e-mail: nicolah@reaseheath.ac.uk or call 01270 613195

Rachel Price

Farm Environmental Services Advisor

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Rachel joined the RADA Farm Environment Services team after having spent 7 years working for the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG).  Her role with Farm Environmental Services involves helping farm businesses with all aspects of environmental management including Agri-environment schemes, Cross Compliance, NVZ’s and nutrient management.  Rachel specialises in ELS and HLS applications, is FACTS qualified and has a Great Crested Newt license. Rachel works with local farmers and partners advising on environmental management, legislation and grant schemes.

To contact Rachel, please e-mail: Rachelp@reaseheath.ac.uk

Jane Atkinson

Farm Environmental Services Advisor

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To contact Jane please e-mail: jane.atkinson@reaseheath.ac.uk

Helen Rowley

United Utilities Catchment Advisor for the Cheshire Boreholes

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To contact Helen please e-mail: Helen.rowley@reaseheath.ac.uk

Chris Meredith

United Utilities Catchment Advisor for the Llangollen Canal

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To contact Chris please e-mail: chris.meredith@reaseheath.ac.uk

Beccy Grime

GIS & Communications Co-ordinator

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To contact Beccy, please e-mail: beccy.grime@reaseheath.ac.uk