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 five regions, each under the guidance of regional support staff. Groups are led by a Group Coordinator 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, such as Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, Shropshire Rural Support Network, Yorkshire Ag Society, Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy and others.

In July 2020, The Prince’s Countryside Fund launched its National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups. The directory lists 69 regional, national, and membership organisations who can provide support, advice, and guidance to farming and rural communities.

Regional support staff

  • North: Lisa Cardy, Georgina Lamb
  • Midlands: Graham Ashford, Andrea Beddows
  • South East: Mark Thomas and Philip Wilson, Joy O’Neill and Sally Field
  • South West: Stephen Dennis, Colin Smallacombe, Sue Gillbard, Charmain Dascombe
  • Wales: David Williams, Rachael Aka

Group coordinators


Cumbria – Emily Postlethwaite

Lancashire – Marian Rigby

Northumberland – Martyn Johnson

Yorkshire – Julia Vierzen

Cheshire – Sharon Mayer


Derbyshire – Alison Rickett

Leicestershire & Rutland – Lorna Philips Gray

Nottinghamshire – Andrea Beddows (taking referrals)

Staffordshire – Peter Hardy (taking referrals)

Worcestershire – Margaret Herbert

Northamptonshire – Andrea Beddows (taking referrals)

Warwickshire – Krys Pietrecki

South East:

Essex – Philip Wilson (taking referrals)

Norfolk – Joy O’Neill (taking referrals)

Suffolk – Graham Miles

Hertfordshire – Brian Burgess

Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire – Brian Burgess

Berkshire, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire (BOB) – Joy O’Neill (Regional Support Officer)

Hampshire – Anthony Matthew

Kent – Joy O’Neill (Regional Support Officer)

Surrey / Sussex – John Simpson

South West

Cornwall – Sue Gillbard 

Devon – Colin Smallacombe

Dorset – Nick Viney

Somerset – Charmain Dascombe (taking referrals)

Wiltshire – Anthony Matthew


Ceredigion & West Wales – Revd Dr Ian Morris

Mid Wales – Patricia Borland

Monmouthshire – David Williams (taking referrals)

North Wales –Richard Hughes

Other Local Groups

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

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

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

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