International Management Profiles

KELVIN MEADOWS – International Chairman

Nuffield International is proud to announce the appointment of new Chairman Kelvin Meadows.

Kelvin Meadows is a 2011 Canadian Nuffield Scholar from Saskatchewan. His topic delved into the factors that contribute to a successful farmer owned value chain, including farmer investor relations and expectations, as well as plant capitalisation and board/management composition.

For over 20 years, Kelvin was a pedigreed seed grower as well as owner/operator of a seed sales, cleaning and export business near Moose Jaw.  During his farming tenure, Kelvin had the opportunity to serve ten years as Director and Chairman of the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, providing exposure to different aspects of the food industry.

After divesting themselves of the farm in 2008, Kelvin and his wife, Shelley, moved into value added food processing through an investment in Avena Foods Inc., a Saskatchewan based gluten free oat milling plant, where Kelvin served as chair for the past nine years.  The Meadows' currently own and operate a seed crop inspection business and manage the family owned land development company.


Jim Geltch handed over responsibility as Chief Executive Officer of Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars on 30th June 2016, a position he has held since November 2005, to take up the CEO role with Nuffield International Farming Scholars. His current remit is to expand the scholarship program beyond the current seven Nuffield countries. This will mean identifying potential investors and candidates for the program around the world as well as managing the application process, selections and international study program for the Nuffield International Scholars.

A farmer and Nuffield Scholar himself, Jim simultaneously operates, with his sons, a production unit growing 30,000 tonnes of processing tomatoes in Victoria.

He undertook a Nuffield Scholarship in 1986 to explore farmer education, advances in irrigation technology and computer-based crop modelling in Europe and Israel.

Jim was awarded the Order of Australia for service to primary industry in the field of irrigated agriculture and promotion of agricultural research and education.

Jim is married to Helen and they have four sons; Mark, Paul, Neil and David.

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