New Head of Climate, Nature & Resources joins 3Keel

7 May 2024

3Keel has bolstered its Senior Management Team with the appointment of a new Head of Climate, Nature and Resources, Fran Edmunds. Fran will be responsible for leading 3Keel’s business unit that focuses on corporate climate, nature and circular economy advisory services.

Fran has worked on sustainable food systems across the private, public and third sectors. Before joining 3Keel, she was a Head of Policy at Defra shaping the UK’s new agriculture policy to deliver environmental public goods and strengthening food supply chain transparency. Her remit included food labelling regulation and data reporting that incentivises businesses to make it easier for consumers to buy ethical and sustainable food products.

Comfortable on-farm, on the factory floor, in a spreadsheet or in a Board meeting, Fran has a deep understanding of the entire food supply chain. She is passionate about unlocking the power businesses have to drive large-scale sustainability change, as well as how they can accelerate this by partnering with government and civil society.

3Keel Founding Director, Richard Sheane, said: “We are extremely excited to have Fran join the senior management team. Fran is recognised as a strong strategic and impact focused leader, with extensive experience collaborating with food businesses, farmers, policymakers and consumers. This coupled with her experience at a top-tier strategy consultancy means she brings expertise on how to build the commercial case for sustainability while maximising impact. These qualities are essential as we see clients move to scale credible sustainability solutions in their operations and supply chains”.

Fran joins our two other Heads of Business Units – Anna Kitulagoda, Head of Commodity Supply Chains, and Catherine McCosker, who has recently been promoted to Head of Agriculture and Landscapes. These three business units have been created at 3Keel to direct and organise project delivery, bringing related areas of the business closer together.

See Fran’s full profile here.