Meet the Team

The LEADER team is here to help applicants on every step of their journey. Call us to discuss a project idea, to help with an outline application, run through the submission of a full application or if you need help to draw down funds to get your project off the ground.

  • Ian Barrow

    LEADER Project Officer (Chilterns)

    01494 927407

    Ian has lived and worked in the Chilterns region for many years, he has extensive experience of  the arboricultural and woodland management industries and, from this, the wider green economy of the area. Starting  and running his own business, and latterly managing the UK & Ireland arm of an international tree company,  has  provided  valuable knowledge of green business. Working on rural business projects  in places as far apart as Wales ,Sri Lanka and Scotland provided hands on understanding of the sector.

    Ian has a MSc in Horticulture from the university of Reading, is a member of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and is a freeman of the City of London.

  • Ruth Deraed

    LEADER Project Officer (Clay Vales)

    01494 927165

    Ruth has a scientific background with a Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry. She also has administrative experience at Oxford University (Departmental Administrator) and at Cancer Research UK as an Administrative Manager.

  • William Dallimore

    LEADER Project Manager (N&W Northants & Clay Vales)

    01494 927167

    Will has worked on funding programmes in Northamptonshire since 2010 having gained much experience from the 2007-2013 LEADER Programme. Before joining Ngage Solutions, Will worked for Northamptonshire County Council in the Economic Development team. During this time his main role was to ensure smooth running of various grant funding programmes. Prior to working life, Will studied at Oxford Brookes University, gaining an BA Hons in City and Regional Planning. Having grown up in a farming environment he maintains a keen interest in all aspects of agriculture and rural life

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01494 927131

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