Governance and Trustees

Governance and Trustees

Governance and Trustees

 

Julian

Julian Darling,   FRICS

Chairman

Julian has farmed a thousand acres in Norfolk - dairy, vegetables and cereals.  He is Chairman of Trustees on 3 large rural estates. Julian has also previously been chairman of the National Trust Rural Enterprise Panel and Mind LMA, vice-chairman of NHS Health Trust, prison visitor and Bath 1st XV.

 

 

Helen Wooley   

Helen Wooley

Vice Chair

Helen is Director General of the Country Land and Business Association. Helen joined the CLA in February 2004 as Director East Midlands. In January 2011 she transferred to the London Head Office as Interim Director General for a few months before taking the position of Director of Membership and Regions. She was appointed as Director General in May 2012. Helen lives in Lincolnshire with her husband who is an arable farmer.

 

  james Brooke-Turner

 

James Brooke-Turner

Trustee

James is the Finance Director of the Nuffield Foundation, he is responsible for the management of funds totalling some £300 million and providing money for £10 million in grants each year.

 

 

  Ali Capper

 

Ali Capper

Trustee

Ali Capper is a returning Nuffield Scholar Trustee from 2103. Ali farms hops, eating apples and cider apples in partnership with her husband on the Herefordshire/Worcesteshire border. She sits on the Boards of NFU’s national Horticulture & Potatoes, Norton Cider Growers Association, the British Hop Association, Chairs Wye Hops (British hop breeding programme), is a Trustee of Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) and is the Worcestershire Member Representative for NFU Mutual.    

 

 

  

 

Stephen Fell

Trustee

Stephen Fell runs the family farming business in the Vale of York growing turf, root crops and a sheep breeding enterprise. He is currently chairman of LEAF – Linking Environment and Farming. He was
chairman of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust 1997 – 2000.

 

 

  Chris Graf Grote

 

Chris Graf-Grote

Trustee

Chris has farmed in East Anglia for over 38 years and following his Nuffield Scholarship he became the founder of Spearhead International, farming today some 85,000ha in Central  Europe (PL, CZ, SK, RO) and the UK.

 

 

  Louise Manning

 

Louise Manning

Trustee

Louise has worked at all stages of the food supply chain for thirty years, she is passionate about the opportunities for life long learning and personal development in the food and farming sector.

 

 

  Julie Mate

Julie Mate

Trustee

A chartered professional, Julie enjoyed a 30-year career in agri-business and corporate PR, specialising in corporate reputation and investor relations. In 2012, she returned to her farming roots and today energetically mixes the running of a growing arable and deer farm in north Shropshire with PR and publishing, along with Trustee roles. Julie is a Council Member of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Midlands Chairman of CRAG. She is a Nuffield Scholar (1987), a Churchill Fellow (2006) and a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farmers. She is a former Governor of Walford & North Shropshire College and a Sponsor/Founder Member of the charity ‘UK Agriculture.com’. Julie is heavily involved in the Nuffield UK activities regionally, nationally and internationally and launched the UK Nuffield Mentoring Programme pilot in 2014.

 

 

 

Russell McKenzie

Trustee

Russell is a returning Nuffield Scholar Trustee from 2014.  Russell is responsible for the management of 995 hectares of combinable crops on the Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire border for 4 different farms which incorporates being a partner in his wife’s family farming business.  He is also an AHDB monitor farmer which creates a unique forum for topical discussion, crop and business management decision making in a realistic farm situation.  An enthusiast for pushing the boundaries and trying new techniques, Russell’s Scholarship research on “success with no-till under any conditions” has given him confidence to push the business forward in an exciting new direction

 

   

 

Wyn Owen

Trustee

Wyn is an Organisational Development Consultant supporting individuals and organisations through change; utilising combinations of facilitation, coaching and training. He also manages the family hill farm in mid Wales involving a performance recorded sheep flock, heifer rearing and environmental schemes. He has extensive experience as a chairman and is currently Chair of Governors at his local High School and Chair of Nuffield Wales. He also sits on the Board of Governors Wales.

 

 

  Oliver Surman

 

Oliver Surman

Trustee

Oliver's family business is an 850 acre, organic mixed farm in Worcestershire. He is also am a partner in a value added business, Pegoty Hedge, that manufactures organic fresh prepared meals. The farm also hosts and runs numerous public events through the year including a triathlon and music festival.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Speke-Adams

Trustee

Kate is the returning scholar for 2015. Kate is the Head of Land Use for The Wye & Usk Foundation, a proactive Rivers Trust in Welsh Marches. The team of catchment advisors engage with farmers and landowners to protect freshwater habitats and the ecosystem services they provide whilst maintaining profitability and ensuring long term sustainability. Kate is also a partner in the family farm, a 450acre mixed farm in North Herefordshire and is Chairman of Herefordshire Grassland Society.  

 

 

Trustees Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering to become a Nuffield Farming Trustee, please contact Mike Vacher by email: director@nuffieldscholar.org.