We would like to thank Prof Debbie Sparkes and Alison Lawson for their enthusiasm and commitment to the BBRO Stakeholder Committee over the past few years, and are pleased to announce their replacements:
James Beamish, the Farm Manager on the Holkham Estate and a Director of Holkham Farming Company.
James has spent his whole life in farming and grew up on a country estate in South Norfolk. He spent 19 years at the Salle Park Estate, followed by a period working on the Defra funded Demonstration Test Catchment Project looking into mitigation of nutrient losses into water courses through different farming systems. Since 2016, James has been working as the Farm Manager on the Holkham Estate. James was also involved in Jake’s PhD on cover crops and hosts Debbie’s annual student visit to Holkham. James has a passion for rotations, soil management and long-term farming systems and is both Basis and Facts qualified.
David Jones, the Farm Manager at Morley Farms and works closely with the trustees of The Morley Agricultural Foundation (TMAF).
David started his agricultural career at Harper Adams, took up roles at Velcourt and Farmweald & Partners and also spent 16 months working on arable and livestock farms in New Zealand before becoming the farm manager at Morley in 2008. David gets involved with both the trials activities and open days at Morley alongside activities of the charity and reviews project proposals and the strategic direction of TMAF. David is often involved in presenting at meetings and conferences, writing articles and blogs about a range of agricultural subjects. David is passionate about research and innovation on farm and he is also both Basis and Facts qualified.
Both James and David will bring additional skills with practical and business experience from different backgrounds to the Committee and this will help to shape the future of BBRO over the next few years.