William has a wealth of agricultural consultancy and farm management experience working mainly for retained clients. He uses his wide range of skills and knowledge to analyse and appraise complex alternatives for land based businesses and prepare detailed business plans and financial budgets.
William is a major provider of advice on all aspects of organic or low input farming and the development of more sustainable farming systems. He is regularly consulted by land owners and farmers considering conversion to organic farming. With a foot in both the conventional and organic sector he is ideally placed to provide impartial advice on a wide range of technical issues including grassland and forage planning. Over the years he has helped many of his clients establish contract and share farming agreements.
In January 2009, he merged his business with FCG colleague Chris White to form Waterfield and White Ltd based in the FCG regional office in Andover.
A long standing member of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants he is a SFEDI accredited consultant and a member of the Institute of Organic Trainers and Advisors (IOTA) he is FACTS qualified.
He has been an independent Judge for the Farmers Weekly Annual Awards for the farm diversification category. He has a successful track recording of delivering Rural Development Grants applications under various programmes.
William provides advice on environmental stewardship and environmental schemes as well as issues relating to Basic Payment Scheme and Cross Compliance. He prepares soil management plans as well as assessment of the impact of Nitrogen Vulnerable Zone regulations and strategies to mitigate the cost and implications of these regulations.
He provides bespoke consultancy services ranging from assessment of the agricultural need for rural dwellings and issues relating to planning permission to carrying out literature reviews and reports; he is a regular contributor to the Organic Farm Handbook.