Your local FCN team

At present, FCN operates in 35 counties throughout England and Wales.  Wherever you live in England or Wales, our Helpline staff can put you in touch with an FCN volunteer or other local farming support group. 

For operational purposes, local volunteer groups are separated into six regions each under the guidance of a Regional Director with each local group having its own officers, led by a Co-ordinator for day to day activities.  Please see below for where FCN groups operate.

Local volunteers ‘walk with’ people as they make their way through problems and difficulties so that they don’t have to face them on their own. FCN does not provide advice but can help to guide people as they resolve their problems; with links to sources of professional advice, appropriate help can be brought in when required.

FCN has 30 volunteer groups, covering 35 counties throughout England and Wales. We also work closely with other rural support organisations:

Regional Directors


Cumbria – Emily Postlethwaite
Lancashire – Marian Rigby
Northumberland – Simon Lloyd
Yorkshire – Helen Benson

Cheshire – Sharon Mayer
Derbyshire – Alison Rickett
Leicestershire & Rutland – Andrea Beddows
Staffordshire – Peter Hardy (taking referrals)

Essex – Philip Wilson (taking referrals)
Norfolk & Suffolk – Philip Miles
Hertfordshire – Brian Burgess
Northamptonshire – Mark Betson
Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Warwickshire – Nicholas Bond
Worcestershire – Margaret Herbert

South East:
Berkshire, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire (BOB) – Joy O’Neill
Hampshire & Wiltshire – Anthony Matthew
Kent – James Barber (acting co-ordinator)
Surrey / Sussex – John Simpson

South West
Cornwall – Sue Gillbard 
Devon – Colin Smallacombe
Dorset – Nick Viney
Somerset – Suzie Wilkinson

Ceredigion & West Wales – Ian Morris
Mid Wales – Pat Borland
Monmouthshire – David Williams (taking referrals)
North Wales – Mair Ansell / Janet Killow (joint co-ordinators)

Other Local Groups

FCN also works in partnership with the following local rural support organisations:

Gloucestershire – Gloucestershire Farming Friends
Lincolnshire – Lincolnshire Rural Support Network
Nottinghamshire – Nottinghamshire Rural Support
Shropshire – Shropshire Rural Support

Scotland – Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI)
Northern Ireland – Rural Support

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