Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson, National Rural Officer for the Church of England, is based at the Arthur Rank Centre (the churches' rural resources unit) in Warwickshire. She is responsible for advice on policy on rural communities, food, agriculture, planning, housing and local government. She advises bishops on legislation in the House of Lords as well as resourcing mission in rural parishes and supporting a network of diocesan Rural Officers. Before working for the Church of England Jill specialised in rural community development work, was a technical manager for the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group and a research scientist.