Professor Tom MacMillan


As Creak Chair, Professor MacMillan focuses on informing national and international policy relating to the land-based sector, the environment and food.

Tom joins us from the Soil Association, where he was Director of Innovation. There, he founded the Innovative Farmers network, which supports practical ‘field labs’ by farmers, and led an overhaul of organic standards.

Tom is also Head of Research for the RSA Food, Farming & Countryside Commission and is Deputy Director of The National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE).

From 2003-2011 he was Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council, which received the BBC Food & Farming Derek Cooper Award for its Food & Fairness Inquiry. He has served on various advisory groups and boards, including for the Cabinet Office’s Food Matters report, ScienceWise, the BBSRC, Sustain and the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.

He has a PhD in geography from the University of Manchester, where he investigated the use and abuse of science in food regulation.