Our Long Serving Secretary / Treasurer Retires
Philip James has retired after 30 years as the Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the IFMA.
He took on the role when the IFMA was inaugurated in 1974; an event that took place at the second International Congress in Guelph, Canada. At that time he was working for the UK Governments Agricultural Development and Advisory Service, specialising in farm management issues.
In 1987 he became Director of the Centre for Management in Agriculture (previously the Farm Management Association) – the organisers of the first International Farm Management Congress held in Warwick, England in 1971. He was also on the organising committee of the 10th IFMA Congress (1993) held on Reading, England. He oversaw the conversion of the CMA to its current form as the Institute of Agricultural Management. He retired as its Director in 1999.
Philip has overseen the IFMA’s affairs, including 13 Congresses in 11 countries, during his period as Secretary. In that time he has met many important and interesting people – and a few odd ones to! One of the undoubted highlights was meeting Princess Ann during the 1993 Congress. He has had to deal with some testing situations in his journeys to the various host countries and at Congresses. His experience, his good humour and his immeasurable good sense have been invaluable to the IFMA throughout the years.
At the Congress Banquet in Perth, Western Australia, Ann Jarvis (Council Member from Australia) presented Philip with an album of good wishes, together with a substantial gift voucher to enable him to remodel his garden, from his many friends around the world.
Some at the Congress were so moved by Philips retirement that they were driven to write and sing him a parting song – which Philip clearly enjoyed.
Further presentations, including this one from Vice President Dan Smith (USA), were made to Philip following the final Council Meeting.
IFMA President Malcolm Stansfield said “Philip has given outstanding service to IFMA for over 30 years. Without his input the organisation would not be in such a healthy situation as it is today”.