Professor Winter is a rural policy specialist and social scientist with expertise covering a wide range of environmental issues and particular interests in applying inter-disciplinary approaches to policy-relevant research. He is currently Professor of Land Economy and Society at the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy (LEEP) Institute at the University of Exeter. He is also co-Director of the Food Security and Land Research Alliance (encompassing the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, Rothamsted Research and Duchy College). He co-directs Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Research Platform and is on the co-ordinating group for NERC’s Valuing Nature Programme.
He chairs the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Partnership and the Uplands Alliance. He is a member of the governing board of Rothamsted Research, and chairs the Stakeholder Group for the Avon Demonstration Test Catchment. He is also a member of the National Trust’s South West Regional Advisory Board.
Past positions held by Professor Winter include membership of the Expert Panel for the National Ecosystem Assessment, Defra’s Science Advisory Council and being a Commissioner and board member of the Commission for Rural Communities.
Michael has been appointed to the Natural England board until 1 September 2019.
Non-executive board member
Non-executive board members of Natural England have collective responsibility for the strategic direction and overall performance of the organisation. They make sure that Natural England is properly and effectively managed and provide stewardship for the public funds entrusted to the organisation.