All of us believe in encouraging young people into our great industry, whether it's at home or abroad.

    We want to give young people the confidence to make a difference to their own lives and have the courage to follow their dreams.

    Lord Henry Plumb

Meet Henry's team

Meet Henry’s team of trustees and advisors. A hand picked team of industry and academic experts, they share Lord Plumb’s desire to help young people to forge careers in agriculture and, from the very start, have worked together to make the foundation’s aims a reality.

Chosen for the breadth of their expertise and experience, our trustees and advisors will gather to form expert panels to interview propsective ‘Henry’s Graduates’ and evaluate their projects and proposals.


Lord Henry Plumb

From farmer’s son to NFU President in the 1970’s, to European Parliament President in the 1980’s, Henry Plumb’s spirit and resolve have shaped our agricultural industry for decades. Now, his determination to leave a lasting legacy has resulted in the creation of a charitable foundation to encourage the younger generation to engage with the agricultural industry.

John Thorley OBE (Chairman)

Actively involved in all areas UK food and agriculture throughout his life, predominantly sheep farming, John Thorley was founding secretary of National Sheep Association (NSA). Awarded the OBE in 2005 he is also a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS) .

Lord Richard Inglewood

A farmer, barrister and chartered surveyor – also a Member of the House of Lords, a Junior Minister in the Major Government and former Member of the European Parliament – Lord Inglewood unites practical rural and agricultural experience with insight gained at the highest levels of UK politics.

Dr Gordon Gatward OBE

For 20 years he served as a Methodist minister in various rural appointments before becoming the agricultural chaplain for Lincolnshire and then the Director of the Arthur Rank Centre (the national rural resources centre for the churches).  He is a livestock specialist, and past chairman of FCN, the Addington Fund and Care Farming UK and a past board member of LEAF and NFYFC.  On retirement he set up RuServe Rural Services specialising in timber clearance/logging and the management of agricultural events as well as providing a wider consultancy service on rural, agricultural and charitable issues.  He continues to work with a number of rural and agricultural charities and organisations as a trustee, board member and/or chaplain, including the Henry Plumb Foundation, the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust, Pennyhooks Care Farm Trust and the Royal Agricultural Society of England.  He is also actively involved in the local Methodist Circuit and Anglican parish where he is a church warden.

David Richardson OBE

One of the UK’s most experienced farmers David Richardson is also a skilled, award winning communicator. Founding Chairman of LEAF, with a 1,000 acre arable enterprise he writes a regular column for Farmers Weekly and has presented radio and TV programmes on farming, food and the countryside for over 30 years.

Rosie Carne

Highly experienced in commercial, technical and communication roles, Rosie Carne has operated both at a UK and global level for fertilizer company Yara International ASA, including a period as Vice President. Now based in the UK Rosie is on the Board of LEAF and is a Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

John Stevens

Whilst playing a major global role at Shell International’s agricultural division, John Stevens also farmed the home acres in Sussex and Buckinghamshire. On his retirement John became Company Secretary of the Charity the International Agricultural Training Programme (IATP) and Chairman of SSAFA Buckinghamshire.

Charles Antrobus

Born to a farming family, Charles pursued a career as a land agent in Oxfordshire before re-joining the family farm to start a beef enterprise. Charles is currently a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

Adam Quinney

Adam, born in 1963, qualified in Farm Management in 1982 from the RAU in Cirencester. He then took on the responsibility of the family arable farm, which is now mostly grass supporting Salers cows and a flock of lleyn sheep. In 2011 he built the ASDA cattle progeny testing unit finishing up to 500 retained ownership cattle a year.  Adam has held many roles within the NFU including West Midlands Regional Chairman, the animal health group, the National livestock committee and Vice President, to name a few. He was recently appointed Regional Chair for NFU Mutual Midland Farmer Forums. Adam is also a trustee of the Studley College Trust

George Lyon

George was a 7th generation farmer from Isle of Bute, former NFU Scotland President, former MSP Argyll & Bute, former Chief Whip and Finance Minister Scottish Government, former MEP for Scotland, Vice President of Budget  Committee European Parliament , Lead negotiator on CAP reform and Lead negotiator on EU budget in European Parliament.

Currently Director AHDB, Chairman MLCSL, Senior Agri Consultant Hume Brophy and Columnist Press and Journal Newspaper.

Advisors of the Foundation

Sarah Palmer BA (Hons)

A highly experienced communications specialist, Sarah has combined practical on-farm experience with roles for a wide range of political and agricultural organisations including the RASE, GJW Government Relations, Farm Energy Centre, Town and Country PR and the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

Angus Chalmers BSc (Hons)

A marketing and PR communications expert Angus is owner and Managing Director of RDP Advertising & Marketing, one of the agricultural industry’s leading full service marketing agencies.

Philip Wynn: Director of Mentoring

Philip has spent his 40 year career managing and advising businesses in nearly every sector of agriculture.  He currently has direct responsibility for the management of 7000 acres of primarily arable farming in Lincolnshire as well as providing financial and strategic advice to a wide range of family and corporate businesses. He is a Non-Exec Director of a number of large scale farming and related businesses and is Chairman of two co-operatives. 

Jane Borthwick - Field Officer

Jane, a farmer's daughter from Cambridge, was NFU Secretary and an agent for NFU Mutual in Lincoln and Gainsborough Branches for most of her working life. Jane is a member of the Education Committee of Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and mentor schools who enter our Schools Challenge,  Secretary for RABI in Lincolnshire and also a STEM ambassador.