Contact NSA Head Office

Phil Stocker Chief Executive Phil Stocker Phil Stocker Phil joined NSA in 2011, taking the role of Chief Executive and leading the UK’s specialist membership organisation for those interested in sheep and sheep farming. Previous to that he spent well over 20 years in practical farming and farm management, followed by 15 years leading the Soil Association’s support for its farmer and grower members. Phil’s vision for the NSA an influential and respected organisation leading the UK sheep industry, which is forward-thinking yet maintaining the traditional and cultural aspects that are so valued. Efficiency will be a key part of this future with a strong focus on health, viable markets, and an attractive and healthy environment. Outside of work, Phil immerses himself in things practical and hands on, from coppicing woodland, keeping poultry, growing veg and various building and DIY projects. Email: [email protected] Tel: 07792 355503 / 01684 892661
Julie Jennings Association Secretary / PA to the Chief Executive Julie Jennings Julie Jennings Julie’s day to day tasks as Association Secretary include being the primary point of contact for the NSA Management Board of Trustees and NSA Finance and General Purposes Committee. Julie's involvement in governance communication also sees her work alongside the Chief Executive on special projects and ongoing NSA activity. Julie takes general enquiries that come into the office, including P&O bookings. Outside of work, Julie enjoys walking and generally being in the outdoors. Email: [email protected] Tel: 01684 892661
Gill Callow Membership Secretary Gill Callow Gill Callow Gill plays a vital role in the NSA office, maintaining the NSA membership database and ensuring all NSA members receive relevant correspondence regarding their membership subscription in an accurate and timely manner. She is also at the end of the phone for any queries relating to membership and processes application forms for new members. Gill also contributes to the smooth running of the NSA office, taking general enquiries and P&O bookings. Outside of work, Gill enjoys running, walking and generally being in the outdoors. Email: [email protected] Tel: 01684 892661
Joanne Briggs Communications Manager and Policy Officer for England Joanne Briggs Joanne Briggs Joanne's role is twofold – to manage and oversee the communication activities of the NSA, with the aim of communicating NSA’s work to serve its members, to attract new members and progress the objectives of the NSA, and to take responsibility for key elements of English policy work, feeding this into the NSA UK Policy & Technical Committee and working closely with the NSA English Committee and its Chairman. This includes engagement with stakeholders, members, non-members and the press. Joanne also oversees the NSA Next Generation project - see www.nsanextgeneration.org.uk. Outside of work, Joanne enjoys spending time with her young family and is a keen baker. Email: [email protected] Tel: 07807 237982
Katie James Communications Officer Katie James Katie James Katie works four days a week as Communications Officer. Katie’s role involves developing and expanding NSA’s online presence, which includes managing the NSA website and various social media platforms. She also manages event publicity and receives enquiries from the general public, journalists and researchers. Katie works alongside Ellie Phipps, Communications Officer in charge of all press enquiries and activity and production of The Sheep Farmer magazine in the production of the NSA Weekly Email Update. Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time with her young family which often involves working with their small flock of pedigree Ryeland sheep, attending local agricultural shows and events.  Email: [email protected] Tel: 01684 892661
Eleanor Phipps Communications Officer Eleanor Phipps Eleanor Phipps Ellie's role involves managing NSA’s Press relationships, and receiving enquiries from the general public, journalists and researchers, and supporting the production of Sheep Farmer magazine for members. Ellie works alongside Katie James on the production of the NSA Weekly Email Update. Outside of work, Ellie enjoys politics and visiting historical sights.  Email: [email protected] Tel: 07799408351
Abi Swaffield Membership Recruitment Officer Abi Swaffield Abi Swaffield Abi’s role as Membership Recruitment Officer see’s her devoted to all things membership related at NSA. She is responsible for planning and managing a number of projects to relay the value of being an NSA member and plans NSA’s presence at several shows and events through the year. Abi is the first point of contact for new and existing members with any queries relating to membership. Outside of work, Abi is a member of her local Young Farmers Club and a keen horsewoman, competing regularly through the summer and hunting weekly with her local hunt during the winter months.  Email: [email protected] Tel: 01684 892661
Helen Davies Corporate Sales Manager Helen Davies Helen Davies Helen carries several responsibilities for NSA, splitting her time between working for NSA Head Office and for NSA Cymru/Wales Region. In her role as Corporate Sales Manager, Helen is the person to speak to regarding advertising in Sheep Farmer magazine, sponsoring NSA as a Corporate Supporter, and developing and maintaining relationships mainly between commercial companies and NSA. Helen also organises the national biennial NSA Sheep Event at Malvern. Her position as NSA Cymru/Wales Region Development Officer sees her manage regional activity in Wales and organise NSA Welsh Sheep. Helen has always been actively involved in the sheep sector, annually attending shows and events in pursuit of prizes for her father’s pedigree flock of Suffolk sheep. Regional sheep events other than NSA Welsh Sheep are organised by NSA regional committees, for which you can find contact details on the map on the left of this page. Email: [email protected] Tel: 01691 654712 / 07976 803066
Nicola Smith LIVESTOCK RESEARCHER Nicola Smith Nicola Smith Nicola recently joined the NSA as a livestock researcher, taking on a brand new role devoted to research within the sheep sector.  At the moment Nicola is focusing her time on the “Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe”, a project also known as iSAGE.  Due to her commitments to the project, she works part time for the NSA but spends the other half of her time working on the same project at the Organic Research Centre (Elm Farm), based in Newbury.  Outside of work, Nicola is a sheep farmer, managing a flock of 200 breeding Romney and Llyen ewes.  With a love for the outdoors, Nicola likes to relax through mountaineering, rock climbing and Triathlons.  Email: [email protected] Tel: 01684 892661
Karen Sumner Bookkeeper Karen Sumner Karen Sumner Karen’s role is based at NSA Head Office where she is responsible for all of the financial administrative functions for the Association. This includes accounts administration, financial analysis and reporting as well as support for budget preparation when required through the year. Outside of work, Karen is a keen gardener. She also enjoys knitting and spending time with her family.   Email: [email protected] Tel: 01684 892661