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Scot appointed as Nuffield Chairman

Wallace Hendrie, an Ayrshire dairy farmer, has been appointed as the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Chairman at the Nuffield Conference held in Kent last week.

“I’m honoured to have been appointed as the Chairman of the Trust, as Nuffield is truly unique in the way it promotes life-long learning,” says Wallace. “Even as I take this role on, my Nuffield journey continues as I’m presented with new opportunities and challenges.”

Wallace strives to promote rural leadership and as well as his Nuffield role he’s involved in a community hub project and his local NFU branch. “I’m committed to leading an organisation which enables passionate people to develop and provides the opportunities to open doors which might otherwise be closed.”

He explains his aspirations for his forthcoming two years as Nuffield Chairman. “Our agricultural community needs leadership and I don't want to miss a farmer out there with potential that would benefit from a Nuffield Scholarship.  

“I’d also like to develop the Scholarship experience further to encourage personal development throughout the Scholars’ 18 month study period and thereafter.”

Having been involved with the Nuffield organisation for just over 20 years, Wallace has served as deputy Chairman and has been on the Board since 2007.

He was awarded his Scholarship in 1995 and studied, Succession of the family business and was sponsored by the Trehane Trust.

At home, Wallace farms 560 hectares and 850 dairy cows and has a recent interest in biomass. He takes over as Chairman from Stephen Watkins who has been in the role for three years.

A Nuffield Scholarship invites applications from individuals who must be three years or more post tertiary education and have been engaged in farming, rural land-based industries, food industries and agriculturally associated industries for at least two years, and intend to remain in these industries. Applicants should also be under 45 years of age. The application process is straightforward and requires one online form to be submitted (available from Prospective Scholars do not need academic qualifications. The deadline to apply is 31 July 2015.