Neil joined Gaia at the start of 2017 to lead the UK & Ireland Seed Sovereignty Programme, connecting and supporting seed growers right across the country. Well respected across the European seed movement, Neil was formerly the Head of the The Heritage Seed Library at Garden Organic, producing around 120 varieties per year for an annual catalogue. Prior to that Neil completed an MSc in the ‘Conservation & Utilisation of Plant Genetic Resources’ at University of Birmingham. His thesis focused on assessing the Genetic Erosion of Vicia species in Syria, where he interviewed farmers on changing land-use and agriculture, and carried out molecular analysis of former and current seeds collected from various sites across Syria. Neil has also worked on a city farm teaching horticulture to children and those on probation. He lives in the Midlands and travels extensively, collaborating with partners across the UK food and seed sovereignty to movement.