Alison LawsonVice chair of Beet Reception | Net-zero representative | NFU Sugar Board
Alison works together with Andrew on the Beet Reception Committee, representing growers’ interests. She also works with Tom to lead on climate friendly farming policy on behalf of the NFU Sugar Board.
She has worked on her family farm in South Norfolk for much of her life. Working closely with her family, she farms and runs a busy agricultural contractor business, covering an area from North Norfolk down to Essex and across to Cambridgeshire.
Alison's father was a pioneer of the first six-row self-propelled sugar beet tanker harvester. Today the team harvests around 1500 acres of sugar beet and has a 4000 tonne contract of their own. They grow W wheat, OSR, and W barley. As a business, they have always appreciated the loyalty of customers, and the importance of building long-term business relationships, some now spanning three generations.
Alison's college years were spent at Hampden Hall in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, and the Norfolk College of Agriculture. She participated in the 2014/2015 Sugar Industry Programme. This board helps to focus and prioritise the direction of research undertaken on behalf of all growers via their levy payment. She has been chair since 2015.
She lives with her partner Simon, who works as an agronomist, and her 13-year-old son, Joe.