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The Team

David Jones

David was appointed as Farm Manager in 2008. David was born and bred in the north-west of England and is the son of a farming contractor and a teacher. He graduated from Harper Adams in 1994 with an HND in Agriculture. He has worked on farms in Australia and New Zealand, and worked for his previous employer for 10 years, managing farms in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, before making the move to Morley Farms Ltd. David enjoys the challenge of managing a farm with research trials, and being in an innovative environment. David is married with 3 young children.

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Michaela Canham

Michaela Canham has recently been appointed as Financial Manager for The Morley Agricultural Foundation. She is a qualified accountant and will primarily undertake the financial management of TMAF and Morley Farms Ltd. Michaela has an interest in farm accounts and will also support the trustees and the aims of TMAF.

Michaela lives locally and enjoys walking the dog and horse riding with her teenage daughter.

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The Morley Agricultural Foundation is a Charitable Trust run by a Board of Trustees appointed by an Advisory Council of 14 members which meets twice a year (normally in January and June) to discuss matters affecting the Foundation. The Board of Trustees currently includes the following members:



John-WallaceJohn Wallace (Chairman)

John farms at Coney Weston and is actively involved in the contract farming business Wallace Daniels Ltd., which grows combinable crops, Sugar Beet and Parsley. He has been a director since the inception of TMAF, currently taking special responsibility for the farm. He is also a governor of the Chadacre Trust, is a past member of Bury St Edmunds Borough Council and past chairman of the Ministers regional Panel. He is a firm believer in independent research.




nick stead

Nick Steed 

Nick has been involved with Morley for over thirty years. His career was in practical farm management and he has always been interested in the technical and production side of agriculture. He now works as a consultant with a local company. He is very pleased that the Foundation is able to provide funding for quality research and development, and that it is helping young people develop their careers.





Philip-Richardson-fw-resizedPhilip Richardson

Philip retired as Chairman of The Arable Group (TAG) in September 2006, having overseen the creation of TMAF and the merger of Morley Research and Arable Research Centres to form TAG. Prior to this he was an Executive Committee member of the Morley Research Centre for 15 years and Chair for 5 years.

He has been active in agricultural politics for many years and retired from the Board of Assured Food Standards in 2013.

He is a Board member of the AgriFood Charities Partnership (AFCP) which links a wide range of independent agricultural charities and provides a means of communication and coordination for their activities. It also gives a single point of contact for levy bodies, students and others wishing to liaise with the Charity sector.



christine hillChristine Hill

Christine is a director of a family farm in mid-Norfolk which grows combinable crops (mainly grass for seed), sugar beet, potatoes and dwarf beans and runs a small suckler beef enterprise. Having been a science teacher, she is particularly interested in agricultural education and research and was a member of the Governing Body at Easton College, Norfolk, for almost 19 years and was a Board member of the Morley Research Centre before joining the Morley Agricultural Foundation. She is also a Council member of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. Christine takes particular interest in education linked projects for the Foundation. To date the Foundation has been involved in sponsorship of four PhD degrees and is involved with the Agricultural Department of Easton College.



robert salmonRobert Salmon

Robert is a director of a 768 ha family farm in mid-Norfolk. The company also contract farms 420 ha for other local farmers. Cropping includes wheat, barley, oilseed rape, beans, grass seed and sugar beet. His main area of interest is improving soil structure. In 1996 Richard was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship, sponsored by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, to study “The practice and financing of arable crops research and the dissemination of results”. He served for a number of years on the Board of Morley Research Centre.



Simon Evans

Simon is a Partner of Irelands, Arnolds Keys and heads the specialist agricultural and rural property team.  He joined the firm in 1983, straight from the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, where he studied Rural Estate Management.  He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). Originally from Hampshire, Simon now lives in North Norfolk.  He is the current Chairman of the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association and is a past President of the Norfolk Association of Agricultural Valuers. Simon has particular interest in the estate and property matters of the Foundation.



Richard-W-FWRichard Wilbourn

Richard is a farm manager for a local farming business Foster Harrison Farms Ltd. The business  grows combinable crops on its own land and also for others on contract farming arrangements. Richard is also a board member of the Norfolk Rivers Internal Drainage Board. Richard says ‘I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve a local organisation that I have held in high regard for many years’.



Stephen Rawsthorne

Stephen is a retired research scientist with a BSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Plant Physiology. He studied plant physiology/biochemistry/genetics in the UK and USA before returning to lead a research programme at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. After twenty years of research, winning over £6m in competitive research grants, publishing over 60 refereed research papers, and undertaking a wide variety of management roles he moved on to become the Science Operations Manager at JIC. Steve’s interests are in ensuring that the best quality research is funded by TMAF by using his expertise and scientific background.