Joe is an active member of the National Farmers Union, currently serving as chair of both his local branch and as county chair of Leicestershire, Northants and Rutland. He also sits on the NFU’s national Environment Forum. He is also a Trustee of the Henry Plumb Foundation, a charity which seeks to give young people a ‘leg up’ into the industry.
In 2019 Joe was selected to be an Oxford Farming Conference ‘Emerging Leader’, and is an alumni of the Institute of Agricultural Management’s ‘Leadership Development Course’ 2020. In the same year he was honoured to be the recipient of the NFU’s Meurig Raymond Award for outstanding contribution to industry advocacy. In 2022 he was awarded Associateship of the Royal Agricultural Societies (ARAgS).
In 2021, Joe took a position as ‘Head of Training & Partnerships’ at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project, a 320 hectare demonstration farm on the Leicestershire/Rutland border. Here, he hopes to build on the work carried out since 1992 in building more resilient and profitable farming systems in greater harmony with our natural environment.
In September 2021, his debut book – Farm to Fork: The Challenge of Sustainable Farming in 21st Century Britain – was published, to wide acclaim.