SmithsonHill’s Emma Fletcher joins Tech Corridor delivery board

Emma Fletcher, managing director of SmithsonHill, has joined the Tech Corridor delivery board

Agri-tech expert Emma Fletcher is latest new face to join the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor delivery board.

Managing director of SmithsonHill, a partnership working to create an innovative Agri-tech ‘Future Farming’ facility in South Cambridgeshire, Emma will bring her considerable experience to the delivery board, which provides overall strategic direction for the Tech Corridor, as well as helping to shape the initiative’s programmes and providing input on investment plans for the region.

She said: “East Anglia is key to food sustainability in the UK and Agri-tech is such a big part of how we, as an industry, are going to deliver the food the country needs in the future. In my role at SmithsonHill I’ve been lucky enough to meet companies across the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor that are doing such important work in this area.  It is exciting to be joining the delivery board to help draw together the Agri-tech cluster across the Tech Corridor.”

A graduate of the University of Cambridge in Land Economy and a Rural Surveyor by trade, Emma additionally has over 20 years’ experience in property development, including project manager at Hill Group and property director at Marshall Group Properties.  Emma is a council member of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry.  She is Chair of Swaffham Prior Community Land Trust, who having delivered homes for the village are now working to set up the first village wide sustainable heating system in the country.

In 2020, for the third time, Emma was named one of the Planner’s Women of Influence in The Planner magazine. In her spare time, she also sits on the board of Cambridge University Rugby Club.

She is the second new member to join the delivery board in recent weeks, following the appointment of Foresight Ventures’ Nick Mettyear.

Linn Clabburn, programme director of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor, said: “Having met Emma on several occasions over the last couple of years, I am delighted she will be bringing her considerable expertise and energy to the delivery board.

“With Emma and Nick joining the board, I believe we have the perfect blend of private and public sector experience as we move into the next phase of the Tech Corridor’s development.”