Stuart has broad experience of working in the rural sector both in Kent and at national and international level. He obtained his degree in Education from Nottingham University and an MA in Strategic Management from the University of Greenwich. He spent 15 years in education as a teacher and advisor including running a school farm and young farmers club. He went on to work for Kent County Council in a number of strategic roles, finally as Head of Rural Regeneration. During this time he worked on a range of national and international rural projects in the USA and China. Over the last 10 years he has run his own consultancy working with rural businesses and organisations supporting economic growth and job creation. He is a long-term supporter of the Society, a Council Member and Chair of the Charitable Activities Committee. Hobbies include cycling, travel and motor racing.