Our Scholars

Since 1947, we have awarded over 1,000 scholarships to those working in the food, farming, horticulture and rural industries. Our Scholars travel across the globe to learn from leading experts and farmers before bringing their knowledge back to the UK to share at home. With study topics ranging from hill farming to global trading markets (and everything in between), Nuffield Farming Scholars all share passion for what they do, a desire to do things better and a head full of questions…

Get acquainted with our most recent Scholars and their study topics by clicking below…

  • Meet Barbara Bray

    I was born and brought up in County Durham, the land of the Prince Bishops and lived in an area surrounded by farms. I decided from a young age that working with food would be a lifelong passion.

  • Meet Cameron Roucher

    I moved from New Zealand with my wife and three children over 5 years ago to develop Rathfinny Wine Estate, in East Sussex. Taking what was once a 240ha arable farm to what will eventually be one of the UK’s largest vineyards when developments are complete.

  • Meet Daniel Roberts

    I am 35 years old and live in Oxfordshire with my wife Gemma and my three daughters Molly, Madilyn and Betsy. Although not from a farming background I knew from an early age that agriculture would be my chosen profession.

  • Meet David Hichens

    Growing up on the family dairy farm on the North coast of West Cornwall between Lands’ End and St Ives was where I caught the farming bug at a young age.

  • Meet Georgina Crayford

    Following my undergraduate degree in Bioveterinary Science at University of Liverpool, I stayed on to do a PhD on Salmonella in pigs, which was kindly funded by BPEX.

  • Meet Hugh Shedden

    I am based in North Yorkshire and a director in the family farming business. I am a second generation farmer on a farm built on pigs and potatoes. However the potatoes went by the wayside 10 years ago to make way for more cereal cropping.
  • Meet Iwan Vaughan

    Growing up on the family farm at Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant in Mid Wales, I always knew my future would be within the agricultural industry.

  • Meet James Corbett

    I grew up on a family farm where my parents have produced and sold eggs since I was born. I studied at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne for both my undergraduate degree and my MA in International Financial Analysis.

  • Meet Jonathan Baker

    I’m based in London with my wife and daughter but I’m a south-west lad at heart and rarely miss an opportunity to clear my lungs and mind by walking, cycling or relaxing in the countryside.

  • Meet Jude McCann

    For over four years now, I have been privileged to work as Chief Executive for Rural Support in Northern Ireland. Established as a charity in 2002, Rural Support is a regional charity providing support to farmers, farm families and rural dwellers across the province.

  • Meet Lorna Davis

    I have been very fortunate to have grown up on an upland hill farm where space was at a premium, the landscape varied, and the farming systems working closely with nature to maximise the value of our landscape.

  • Meet Michael Ratcliffe

    I’m a 27 year old control systems engineer living in Lancashire with an interest in applying the latest engineering developments to increase global food production. From an early age I’ve been involved with a modestly sized family farm at a hands on level.

  • Meet Richard Tudor

    I live and farm in the uplands of Mid Wales in a culturally rich Welsh speaking area, along with my wife Catrin and children Morgan and Lois.  I have a passion for progressive livestock farming and our landscape. 

  • Meet Sarah Hughes

    I live in Denbighshire, North Wales and have worked in the food and farming industry for the last 15 years.  I live with my husband Philip (NSch2001), and two football mad boys on our family farm, a mixed beef, sheep enterprise.  We have diversified into tourism with a caravan

  • Meet Sue Evans

    I am a Welsh speaking farmer’s daughter from Anglesey who spent as many hours as possible outside on the farm as a child where I developed many practical skills such as shearing, de-horning and gaining my 360 excavator operator’s licence.

  • Meet Tim Stephens

    My job as a Catchment Adviser for Wessex Water is to improve drinking water quality by working closely with farmers in both groundwater and surface water catchments.

  • Meet Tom Levitt

    I grew up in Cornwall, in a small hamlet outside of Saltash. Both my parents were academics, working on social issues. Both of their parents came from farming backgrounds. One side dairy farmers in Cheshire, the other pig farmers in Cambridgeshire.

  • Meet William Atkinson

    I grew up in North Yorkshire having left school at 17, I came home to work on the family farm with both my parents Martin, Valerie and elder brother Robert being involved in the business. Although we are a mixed farm I’m able to concentrate my attention to the arable side of the business.