The EQM community interest company

The Environmental Quality Mark Community Interest Company (EQM CIC) is a not-for-profit company that runs the scheme as a social enterprise on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority and Staffordshire County Council.

The community interest company works closely with The Peak District National Park Authority to maintain the EQM scheme. The Peak District National Park Authority provides invaluable support to help protect and enhance the values of the Environmental Quality Mark award.

The EQM CIC directors

Faith Johnson has a background in environmental management and now focuses on supporting and mentoring small businesses to improve their environmental performance and sustainability. She is particularly interested in farming methods that balance food production with conservation and carbon management. She lives on a working upland beef cattle farm in the Peak District and has a small flock of whitefaced woodland sheep of her own.

Martin Hofman moved to Derbyshire in 2007 and is an EQM award holder. He runs Wheeldon Trees Farm Holiday Cottages, south of Buxton, with his wife. He is particularly interested in the challenges presented by preserving the countryside at the same time as maintaining and developing a vibrant local economy.

Simon Smith lives on the border of South Staffordshire and has a background in providing advice to businesses in the tourism sector. He has worked all over the county, as an advisor for Business Link and in membership and business development for Destination Staffordshire. He is now project officer for the Staffordshire EQM and is keen to help Staffordshire businesses reduce their environmental impact and costs through the EQM process.