On May 31, 2010, Lawrence Woodward retired as Director of the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm in the UK. He was succeeded by Professor Nic Lampkin "who has been joint Director with Lawrence Woodward since February 2009. Lawrence Woodward has played a pivotal role in the Organic Research Centre since it was founded. Over more than 30 years, he has brought to the role of Director a remarkable sense of vision and clarity on the balance between principles and practice and a drive that has ensured the organisation has consistently made a significant impact." 
"He advises and speaks about the principles and methods of organic agriculture to a wide range of organisations. In 2001 he was awarded an O.B.E. for services to organic farming, having played a pivotal role in the strategic and practical development of the organic sector in the UK, Positions he has held include Chairman of the British Organic Standards Committee, Chairman of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Member of the Soil Association Council and Management Committee, Member of United Kingdom Register of Organic Food Standards (UKROFS) Board and the English Organic Action Plan task force. He was the founding chairman of OMSCo and the Organic Resource Agency (ORA) and is a former trustee of the New Economics Foundation. Currently he sits on the Boards of the European Consortium of Organic Plant Breeding (ECOPB), Organic Arable, Organic Seed Producers Ltd, the IFOAM EU Group and Task 37 (which provides information on Anaerobic Digestion systems). He has been a long standing supporter of the work of David Fleming and the concept of The Lean Economy." 
He married Alice Astor in 1972.
- Founding Steering Committee, British Organic Farmers