Patron – Prof. Malcolm Stansfield MBE

council_stansfieldSon of a Master Butcher, Malcolm graduated in Agriculture from the University of Leeds. He undertook post-graduate studies at the University of Reading, staying with the University his entire working career. He has just retired after 42 years at Reading, having managed the farms – which extended to some 1500 ha., been a Senior Lecturer, and the Director of the Farm Management Unit. In recent years, he has been seconded on a part-time basis to the Royal Agricultural Society of England as Chief Agricultural Adviser.

A Winston Churchill Scholar, he studied the management of large scale dairying in North America and is recipient of the Princess Royal Award for his services to the UK dairy industry. He has lectured widely and been consultant in numerous countries and was a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Agriculture Select Committee. He is author of management and husbandry texts and presenter of a series of agricultural video programmes – widely used in teaching establishments.

A founder member of the Farm Management Association in Britain, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management (the successor to the FMA) He was National Chairman in 1971 and was therefore involved in organising the 1st International Farm Management Congress, which was held that year in Warwick, England. He was elected President of IFMA in 1991 having earlier been Editor of the Journal. He retired as President at the 16th Congress in Cork, Ireland, in August 2007.  As the newly elected Patron he remains on the IFMA Executive.

Malcolm is also a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies, and has recently been appointed as Secretary to the English Awards Panel. He is a Director of a national farm management company and is retained as a Sessional Lecturer with the University of Reading.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2003 Malcolm was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his services to agriculture and to the community in Reading.

Malcolm was awarded the post of Hon. Visiting Professor by The Royal Agricultural College in autumm 2007.

Malcolm’s first wife Mary died in December 2004 after a long illness. He has 3 married children and 6 grandchildren. Malcolm has been a Churchwarden for many years and is a keen amateur auctioneer – raising funds for local charities. He is a Past District Governor of Rotary International.  Malcolm married Berenice in June 2010.  He maintains an active interest the many organisations he is associated with.

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