Back to presentations: Annual Conference 2016 – Skills and StandardsLeigh Morris, CEO, National Land Based College (UK) Leigh took up the role as the first CEO, National Land Based College (UK) in April 2016. Prior to this he had a career spanning horticulture and land based, proudly starting on a Youth Training Scheme, before studying at Askham Bryan and Pershore Colleges. He managed Pershore’s commercial nursery for 7 years, developing a Specialist Plant Unit, before moving to the Welsh College of Horticulture in 1998, where he took a sabbatical to gain an MSc in International Horticulture. From 2004-14 Leigh managed education & learning at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, leading the development of new programmes and involved a number of international capacity building projects. In 2014 he joined the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland as Director of Community Conservation, responsible for education, outreach and partnership projects. Leigh was President of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (2012-14), Chaired the Grow Careers Initiative (2006-14) and is a Trustee of the Marine Conservation Society.