Douglas joined us in April 2015. He grew up on his family’s farm on the North East coast of Aberdeenshire, and studied agriculture at the University of Aberdeen.

Graduating with Honours in Animal Science, he trained as an animal nutritionist, spending twenty years in the agricultural supply industry around England, moving through technical and sales management before becoming a general manager.

You can find me on Twitter #FLD_Douglas

Douglas previously worked at the CLA (The Country Land and Business Association), whom he joined as Regional Director for the North West during the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001. He took over as their northern Director of Policy and Public Affairs in 2012.

Over the last fourteen years he has been involved in wide number of rural groups, currently including as Secretary of the Cumbria and North and East Lancashire Rural and Farming Network, board member of Cumbria Local Nature Partnership, member of Cumbria Rural Forum Business Group, Cumbria Local Access Forum and the Lake District National Park Partnership.

Past involvements include being on the board of governors at Myerscough College, Vice Chairman of North West Rural Affairs Forum, Chairman of Cumbria Fells and Dales RDPE LEADER Group, member of the North West Rural Business Sector Advisory Group and a Governor at Orton Church of England School.

Douglas and his wife Alex have three children, and away from work he is a part time farmer at Hoff near Appleby-in-Westmorland, and a caller for the Eden Valley Ceilidh Band.

In 2007 Douglas helped Alex to found Learning Fields, a community interest company that is a centre for welllbeing offering educational and environmental opportunities to groups and individuals of all ages and abilities. Since then other projects developed have included FarmHands care farming facility, Ernie’s Shed for older men and Avenues to Work offering individuals support back into employment.

On his role with Friends of the Lake District: “We introduced three American students to the Eden Valley and the Lake District and couldn’t fail to see the powerful impression our glorious landscape made on them - even one girl who had been telling us of the wonders of her home state of Colorado. It just reinforces how important it is we look after this landscape and ensure it is managed into the future.”