Imogen Mann

Imogen grew up in rural Somerset, England surrounded by a broad palette of wildlife, sports and the arts. She gained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Roehampton and then received her Master’s Degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University’s elite College of Aeronautics. She later earned further postgraduate qualifications in law and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 2007.

With professional backgrounds in aviation journalism, airline management and legal practice, coupled with her own experiences of breeding pedigree livestock, Imogen is fascinated by the evolving role that technology plays in sustainable and ethical food production. She highlights this role in her debut novel, Shadow Farmer.

There are so many conflicting factors at work in putting food on our plates. I wanted to explore how the pressures on our resources inter played with the technologies available. But I felt that my usual medium of non-fiction would lead to a dry, academic tome, which would be a struggle for anyone to read. So, I ventured into the world of fiction: Shadow Farmer was born and inspired other works along the way.”

Imogen has a lifelong passion for flight, both natural and human powered. “If it flies I’m interested!” she has said. It’s therefore of no surprise that she supports associated causes, some of which from a very young age. Key among them are the RAF Benevolent Fund and the British Trust for Ornithology.

She says, “I’ve supported the RAF Benevolent Fund since I became an RAF cadet at school at 14 years of age. It was the first ‘human’ charity that I recall choosing for myself. It does wonderful work and is very dear to me.”