Philip Lymbery | CEO CIWF
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A total rethink

“Every day there is a new confirmation of how destructive, inefficient, wasteful, cruel and unhealthy the industrial agricultural machine is. We need a total rethink of our food and farming systems before it’s too late.”

For 25 years Philip has worked extensively on animal welfare issues, wildlife and the environment. He is a recognised thought leader, his lectures taking him across the globe to meet and exchange ideas with like minded specialists, experts and individuals.


He regularly commentates in the media and on speaker platforms about the global effects of industrial farming and has been listed by The Grocer as one of the food industry’s most influential people.

A Global Biodiversity Crisis

“Factory farming to provide ‘cheap’ meat is not only the biggest cause of animal cruelty on the planet, it is also a major driver of wildlife declines. It causes deforestation, soil erosion, marine pollution dead zones and drives species as diverse as jaguars, elephants and penguins to the brink of extinction.”


Latest #Media – Going vegan is crucial to help halt the climate crisis and could prevent future pandemics

Worldwide shift away from MEAT and towards more plant-heavy diets is ‘urgently’ needed to curb wildlife loss

Plant-based diets crucial to saving global wildlife, says report


Latest #BigTable podcast – Philip talks to Peter Egan about Veganism

Latest Guest podcast with Philip – FFA Food Systems Podcast

Latest #BigTable blog –  Pangolins and pandemics


If you missed the recent Chatham House, UNEP and Compassion in World Farming Webinar, please use this link to find out more and listen to the recording


The new date for the Peter Roberts Memorial Lecture with guest speaker, Chris Packham CBE, is now confirmed as Sunday 7th November 2021 at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Chris will be interviewed by Philip and there will be time for questions


Whilst Philip’s personal speaker appearances have had to be postponed due to Covid-19, Philip is still actively speaking at online events.

All new dates for 2021 will appear here, thank you 


  • 3rd Dec: ICCAW conference ‘One Health, One Welfare’, China
  • 8th Dec: EAT Newscast
  • 11th Dec: EAT, UNEP and CIWF event ‘How to Love Food and Save Nature’
  • 21st Jan:  European Climate Conference, Oxford
  • 3rd Feb: Webinar to Launch New Report in partnership with Chatham House and UNEP
  • 20th Feb: UNEA, Nature-Positive Food Systems for a Healthy Planet
  • 10th April: The Geographical Association