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Catherine Le Grice
As a graduate in geography and economics Cate had a first career in teaching in comprehensive schools, ranging from rural Cambridgeshire to inner city London.
Her second was as a founder of Norwood organic farm in the 1980s, an early pioneer of the new wave of organic farms devoted to producing meat and cereals for local sale and breeding native breeds of farm livestock with the added visitor interest.
At Norwood she installed a cafe and visitor centre, with wind turbine, solar hot water system, grey water system for the public toilet facilities. It attracted 30,000 visitors a year. The first wind turbine installed in 1997 to power the fridges in her farm shop was such a success that it was upgraded in 2003.
She has been a district councillor and leader, a county councillor, and from 2000 to 2009 a member of the Social, Economic and Environmental partners (SEEPs) of the South West Regional Assembly as one of the environmental bodies three representatives, becoming chair during the critical period of the development of the Regional Spatial Strategy from 2006-2008.
She was a founder board member of the Countryside Agency, before joining and later chairing the region's Rural Affairs Forum.
She has been involved in third sector work for many years through her position as chair of trustees of Envolve Partnerships for Sustainability in Bath. She is also involved in regeneration and sustainable buildings promotion. She is now a trustee of Sustainability SW, the regional body that advises government and business in making the change to a truly sustainable economy, and Ecos, the sustainable buildings trust based in Langport, Somerset.
Her most challenging role at present is as chair of the Radstock Regeneration Company, the body charged with redeveloping the area of long neglected railway and mining land in the centre of Radstock.