Governance and Trustees

Governance and Trustees

Governance and Trustees

Meet the Trustees of Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust

 

 

Helen Woolley

Chairman

Helen was elected as Chairman of Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust in November 2018 and is a Director and UK representative of Nuffield International. She is an experienced Board Director with 6 years’ experience as both Executive and non-executive Director and has an in depth knowledge and understanding of agriculture and the wider rural sector gained from 35+ years’ experience working in the industry, the last 12 years at senior management level and most recently as Director General of CLA until retiring in November 2018. She also has a wealth of practical experience having worked on dairy and arable farms including her husband’s farm business in Lincolnshire.

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 Chris Graf-Grote

Vice Chairman

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.

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Tom Allison

Trustee

Tom is a dairy farmer's son from Cardigan in West Wales and holds a Master’s degree in Electronic and Applied Electrical Engineering from the University of Bath. After graduating, he returned to West Wales where he began working with milking equipment dealers as an independent engineer assisting with installation, commissioning and troubleshooting of high tech dairy equipment. With an agricultural heritage and a technical skill-set, he has worked on a number of product development projects for livestock systems in both Europe and the USA.

In 2015, he was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship on his topic “Understanding why existing high-tech systems designed for the livestock industry are largely underutilised and what are the barriers to successful adoption.” He has recently been appointed a non-executive director of Menter a Busnes - an independent company who provide entrepreneurship awareness, business start-up and business growth support to individuals, groups and SME’s across Wales and beyond.

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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.

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Ali Capper

Trustee

Ali Capper is a returning Nuffield Scholar Trustee from 2013. 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.    

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David Gardner

Trustee

David completed his Nuffield Arden Scholarship in 2009/10 on New Science and Technologies which led to a career change. He has spent the last six years at the RASE where he launched a new initiative, Innovation for Agriculture, which was focused on informing farmers of new technologies that would improve their businesses. David 'retired' in May of this year but has a variety of interests which include: NED on the Management Advisory Board of the Rural Payments Agency, NED on the Board of Waldersey Farms, Director of The Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit, Trustee of The Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust, Ambassador for Social Farms and Gardens, assisting St George's House at Windsor with their programme of farming consultations and voluntary work for The Allerton Project where David is managing a small building project.

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Sarah Hughes

Trustee

 

Sarah Hughes is a returning scholar from 2017 - She has an Agriculture and Environmental degree from Newcastle University and has worked in the Agricultural Industry for last 20 years initially in the Crop Protection Industry as an Agronomist then for Syngenta PLC then moving into the Livestock Sector following a move to North Wales.  Her Nuffield Farming Scholarship 'The Economics of Vertical Farming' looked at the current trend of Controlled Environment Agriculture and she sits on the Welsh Government Controlled Environment Agriculture Strategy Group.  She currently works for Menter a Busnes and lives on the family sheep and beef farm where she is keen promoter of the environmental sustainability of pasture fed livestock.

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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.

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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.

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Wyn Owen

Trustee

Wyn is an Organisational Development Consultant supporting individuals and organisations through change; utilising combinations of facilitation, coaching and training. He holds two Masters Degrees and is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. He also manages the family business based in mid Wales involving a performance recorded sheep flock, grazing lets, environmental schemes and property. Wyn has extensive experience as a Chairman including being a past Chair of two governing bodies, Powys Governors Association and Nuffield Wales. He has been a judge for Apprenticeships Awards Wales for many years and served as a Board Member on Governors Wales. 

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Tom Rawson

Trustee

Tom lives on his family dairy farm in West Yorkshire with his wife Catherine and their three young children. His main role is director of Evolution Farming, a predominately dairy farming business spread over six units with a mixture of tenanted farms and contract farming agreements. Tom's involvement in the wider Agricultural industry includes past roles as national vice chair of NFU dairy and former board member of AHDB Dairy.

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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.

 

 

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Trustees Opportunities

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