Organic Research Centre builds on research focus with the appointment of Dr Will Simonson

The Organic Research Centre (ORC) has announced the appointment of Dr Will Simonson as the new Head of Research.  Dr Simonson replaces Dr Bruce Pearce, who stepped down from the role last month after 21 years at the ORC.  

Previously working as Senior Programme Officer, Climate Change and Biodiversity for the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) on agricultural, forest and coastal ecosystems and with experience researching agroforestry, Dr Simonson brings a wealth of knowledge to the ORC.

Commenting on the position, Dr Simonson said:

“It’s a privilege to be taking up my position as Head of Research at ORC and be part of the fantastic work that has been going on for the last 40 years.  I look forward to working with ORC’s team and many partners to help meet current and future challenges in sustainable farming”.

Dr Will Simonson

Lucy MacLennan, CEO at the ORC, added:

“I would like to thank Dr Bruce Pearce for everything that he has delivered for the ORC over his long career at the organisation. 

At a time when there is increasing focus on the development of sustainable agricultural practices and agroecological production methods, I am delighted to welcome Dr Will Simonson to the ORC. His knowledge and experience will ensure that we continue to develop our research to improve the uptake, efficiency and development of organic farming as well as leading our Agroforestry research theme.”


Notes to editors

The Organic Research Centre (ORC) is the UK’s leading independent organic research organisation. Established in 1980, for over 40 years the charity has played a central role in the development of organic food and farming research, knowledge exchange, policy and standard setting. We:

  • Research and develop practical, sustainable land management and food production systems
  • Foster knowledge exchange between researchers, producers, food businesses and related professionals
  • Influence policy and public debates on the future of food and farming based on sound evidence.

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