Meet our people

These profiles of our staff demonstrate the variety of work available at the Soil Association:

Trade consultant - Finn Cottle

Finn has spent more than 20 years working for two of the major supermarket groups in the UK, running various buying departments across the fresh food sector. In 2009, Finn took up the opportunity to work with SA Certification as a Trade Consultant, using her knowledge and network to help build relationships with licensees and drive growth within the organic market. Her retail perspective has proved to be invaluable in considering the challenges which the organic sector faces: she has a specific focus on dairy where she spent a big part of her retail career. Finn really enjoys working with organic companies and the passion with which they approach their business.

Technical specialist - Emma Dawes

Emma has worked for us as a Technical specialist for over four years. She is our queen of chemistry with a background which includes experience in laboratories. Emma is responsible for dealing with contamination in organic products. Emma also contributes to the decisions over which chemicals or products are suitable to be used under the health & beauty and textile standards. Emma also attends technical meetings involving licensees and other certification bodies.

Head of horticulture - Ben Raskin

Ben is the charity's horticultural representative. He has many years experience as a commercial grower. Previous roles include; running a walled garden in Sussex which supplied a Michelin starred restaurant and working for Garden Organic at their gardens in Kent. Ben also set up and ran the 10 acre horticultural production at Daylesford Organic Farm, before moving to the Welsh College of Horticulture as commercial manager. Ben joined the Soil Association in 2006. As well as his horticultural role, Ben is also passionate about inspiring and training a new generation of organic farmers and growers.