Meet the Grasslands Webinar Series Speakers

26 Jun 2020

Speaker: Dr Rebecca Heaton - UKCC

Rebecca Heaton is responsible for Drax Group’s efforts to mitigate climate change, ensuring that sound science underpins climate change polices and business strategy. She is also responsible for developing sustainability and climate change research programmes. She has a 20-year global career working at the interface between business, science and policy. After an early career in academia, she has held senior roles in a number of large energy companies. A Chartered Forester, her expertise spans: energy, climate change and land-use and the role business has to play in enabling the UK to decarbonise.


Speaker: Paul Muto – Natural England

Paul Muto works as a Senior Specialist in grassland agronomy for Natural England.  His recent work has focussed on monitoring the “Legume and herb-rich ley” agri-environment option and investigating biodiverse leys with the Institute of Grassland Science at the University of Göttingen.  A strong advocate of agro-ecological approaches to sustainable agriculture, Paul has been involved in organic agriculture, grazing systems management and agroforestry.  When not at work, he can be found in his allotment or trying to catch a fish somewhere



Speaker: Jorgen Olesen - Aarhus University

Jørgen E. Olesen is professor in agriculture and climate change and since 2020 head of department at Aarhus University, Department of Agroecology. He has a wide research experience on the interaction between agricultural (and agroecosystem) activities and the environment and climate. He has contributed in expert panels of the EU, The World Bank and FAO, and he has for many years advised the Danish government on agriculture and climate. He has also contributed as leading author to IPCC assessment reports. He is currently member of the FACCE Scientific Advisory Board. He has for 2018 and 2019 been awarded highly cited researcher by Web of Science.



Drew McConnell - President Elect of BGS

Together with my wife Val, we run a mainly dairy farm with beef and sheep enterprises as well. The farm is an all grass farm in West Tyrone, NI, and has been heavily involved with on-farm research and the dissemination of findings to other farmers. I am currently President Elect of BGS.