Jonathan Brunyee

Senior Lecturer in Farm Business Management; Programme Manager - MSc Business Management
Jonathan Brunyee

Position

Senior Lecturer in Farm Business Management; Programme Manager - MSc Business Management

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) (Seale Hayne), PgDip (Sheffield Hallam), PGCAP (Glos), FHEA, MIAgM, MCMI, NSch

Contact details

jonathan.brunyee@rau.ac.uk

Tel: 01285 652531 Twitter: @conygreefarm LinkedIn: jonathanbrunyee

Biography

Introduction

I have 20 years’ consultancy, advisory and knowledge exchange experience in the food, farming and environmental sector. I also practise what I preach on my own award-winning organic farm in the Cotswolds see www.conygreefarm.co.uk.

I joined the RAU in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer. I am Programme Manager for the MSc in Business Management and teach farm business management, rural business diversification, agricultural marketing, sustainable agriculture and rural tourism.

I aim to support and inspire tomorrow's entrepreneurs, enterprising farmers and passionate conservationists. I am particularly interested in the policy and practice of sustainable food systems, agro-ecology and holistic land management; and the range of economic, social and environmental goods that farming and rural enterprise can produce.

University responsibilities

  • Programme Manager: MSc Business Management
  • Personal Tutor: UG and PG students
  • Staff Representative: Student Affairs and Liaison Committee
  • Member: Catalyst Programme Development Team
  • Member: Academic Board

Professional memberships

  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) - Fellow
  • Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) - Member
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI) - Member

Other interests

  • National Trust tenant on a 74ha organic farm in the Cotswolds working with my wife and 3 children
  • Producer Member and Director of the Pasture Fed Livestock Association – promoting sustainable 100% grass fed meat and milk
  • Nuffield Farming Scholar 2015 – there is always more to learn!

Research

Research interests

  • Farm business planning and management
  • Pastoralism and conservation grazing
  • Agricultural policy
  • Agri-environment policy and delivery
  • Whole farm planning
  • Sustainable agriculture and food systems
  • Alternative enterprise development/diversification
  • Rural tourism
  • Red meat – adding value, niche marketing and branding
  • Farm habitat management
  • Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)
  • High Nature Value Farming (HNVF)
  • Holistic management
  • Rural leadership and eco leadership

Publications

Nuffield Farming Scholarship Report

  • Brunyee, J. (2016) Building a Sustainable Farm Business. Nuffield Farming Scholarship Programme.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Growing the Future - Land, Biodiversity and Water Management. Workshop lead for the CCRI event. Gloucester. UK. 29th March 2018.
  • Regenerative Agriculture and the Role of Rural Tourism. Invited speaker at the Tropical Agriculture Association Conference. RAU. UK. 12th October 2017.
  • Agro-Ecology and the Role of Pasture Fed Livestock. Invited speaker at the Daylesford Summer Festival. Daylesford. UK. 20th May 2017.
  • Business Planning and Being Entrepreneurial.  Workshop lead for Farmers Weekly Fertile Minds event. Coventry. UK. 16th May 2017.
  • Market Opportunities for the Livestock Sector.  Invited speaker at the Organic Producers Conference. Birmingham. UK. 1st February 2017.
  • The Benefits of Diversity in Arable and Grassland Systems. Chair and invited speaker at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. Oxford Town Hall. UK. 4th January 2017.
  • The Economic Case for Feeding Ruminants Solely on Pasture - It Can Be Done. Invited speaker at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. Oxford Town Hall. UK. 3 January 2016.
  • Common Ground – Agroecology, Organics and Pasture Fed Livestock.  Invited plenary speaker at the Organic Producers Conference. Bristol. UK. 23rd January 2016.
  • Building a Sustainable Farm Business.  Presenting Scholar at the Nuffield Farming Conference. Newcastle. UK. 25th November 2016.
  • Building Natural Capital Using Regenerative Agriculture and Pasture Fed Livestock.  Invited speaker at the CLA Natural Capital Conference. Earth Centre. UK. 18th November 2016.

Recent Consultancy Contract Reports and Projects

  • Brunyee, J. Diepenbroek, L. and Gregson, S. (2016) The Economic Case for Feeding Ruminants Solely on Pasture - It Can Be Done. Published report for the Pasture Fed Livestock Association.
  • Jones, G., Silcock, P., Brunyee, J. and Pring, J. (2013). High Nature Value Farming in the North Pennines. Unpublished report for the North Pennines AONB Partnership.
  • Silcock, P., Brunyee, J. and Pring, J. (2013). Evaluation of the Dartmoor Farming Futures Project.  Unpublished report for Natural England.
  • Silcock, P., Rayment. M., White.A., Kieboom.E. and Brunyee, J. (2013).Valuing England’s National Parks. Published report for National Parks England.
  • Silcock, P., Brunyee, J. and Pring, J. (2012). Changing Livestock Numbers and the Effect on Biodiversity in the UK Less Favoured Areas. Published report for the RSPB.
  • Silcock, P., Brunyee, J. and Pring, J. (2011). Exploring the Barriers to Cattle Grazing in the Welsh Uplands. Unpublished report for Countryside Council for Wales.
  • Silcock, P. and Brunyee, J. (2010). Adding Value to Wool in North Wales. Unpublished report for Cadwyn Clwyd.
  • Silcock, P. and Brunyee, J. (2010). Environmental Cost Benefit Datasheets.  Published data for Countryside Council for Wales.
  • Brunyee, J. and Silcock, P. (2010). Mendip Hills Grazing Review. Unpublished report for Somerset Wildlife Trust.
  • Brunyee, J. and Silcock, P. (2010). Sustainability Plan for Bury Farm. Unpublished report for the Grasslands Trust.
  • Silcock, P., Brunyee, J., Deane, R., Nicholls. K., Manley, W.J. and Lewis, D.B. (2009). The Future of Farming and Forestry in the Cotswolds AONB.  Unpublished report for the Cotswold Conservation Board.
  • Silcock, P. and Brunyee, J. (2009). Provision of Cost Information Relating to Capital Works Grant Aided by Defra’s Agri-Environment Programme.  Unpublished data for Defra.
  • Brunyee. J. (2008). Malvern Hills Grazing Project Review. Unpublished report for the Malvern Hills Conservators. 
  • Brunyee. J. (2008) Grazing Animal Enterprise Calculator. Unpublished data for the Grazing Animals Project.
  • Silcock, P. and Brunyee, J. (2007). Extensive Grazing Enhancement Pilot Project. Unpublished report for Natural England & South West Regional Development Agency.
  • Silcock, P., Rayment. M. and Brunyee, J. (2008). Evaluation of the Rural Business Growth Programme in South Yorkshire.  Unpublished report for Business Link South Yorkshire.
  • Silcock, P., Rayment. M. and Brunyee, J. (2008). Evaluation of the Dairy Collect Scheme in Cornwall. Unpublished report for Cornwall Enterprise.
  • Brunyee. J. (2008). Best Practice Guide for the Letting of National Trust Farms. Unpublished report for the National Trust. 

Other Key Outputs:

  • Environmental Stewardship - Higher Level Stewardship applications and costings (2005-2014). Various private clients.
  • Environmental Stewardship - OELS/ELS advice and training for farmers (2010-2013). Promar and Natural England.
  • Cross Compliance – advice and events. (2010 - 2013). AEA and Defra
  • Natural Resources – farm visits and reports looking at natural resource protection (water, soil, energy and nutrients). Promar and Natural England
  • Project Monitor for the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marsh Landscape Partnership Project (2009 - 2013). Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Agricultural Policy - involved in DEFRA's Agri-Environment Steering Group and Upland Land Management Advisory Panel. (2000 - 2005). The National Trust.