Mary Stafford – Agricultural Economist
Mary has been a board member and key adviser since Saturn Bioponics was founded. She is an agricultural economist with a long career in agricultural and horticultural systems, market structures and strategy; and in the science and technology of food production including nutrition, freshness and functional food.
A graduate of Oxford University and the formidable former Wye College before embarking on a career as an agricultural market researcher and consultant, Mary has seen the evolution of the horticultural sector over many years from both an academic and applied perspective. Her stellar client list over the years includes: Commonwealth Secretariat; Food from Britain; States of Guernsey; Highlands and Islands Development Board; Potato Marketing Board; BPGA; numerous agricultural and horticultural producer groups; numerous horticultural packers and processors; numerous food processors; Merrydown Wine; QinetiQ; Universities of Aston, Birmingham, Nottingham, Warwick, Leeds; AHDB; pSiNutria; pSiMedica.
Mary spends much of her spare time working with the charity Send a Cow to create a confident and thriving rural Africa.
She gains great satisfaction from working at both the high tech and the low tech ends of vegetable production, with the same aims in mind: to produce the maximum output from the smallest footprint, while minimising the inputs required.