International Management Profiles

ROGER MERCER – International Chairman

Roger Mercer from Barton-Under-Needwood, qualified with a Higher National Diploma in Agriculture in 1974. He was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 1987 to study pigs and potatoes and mixed farming operations in North America.

Roger farms with his sons, 2,000 hectares in the UK growing combinable crops, root land let out, and grassland for livestock notably pigs. Also 2300 hectares in New South Wales, Australia, cropping wheat, canola, peas and beans.

The farming operation includes 7200 free-range sows the progeny of which are sold partly through their own brand Packington Pork and also providing the free range pork for Marks and Spencers. The business also runs free-range chickens which together with the pork are marketed through Packington Free Range.

The Mercer business also has rural offices, residential barn conversions and commercial property interests. Roger has previously grown potatoes in Hungary and was a director of “Ingleby Farms” for seven years, which now farms over 120,000 hectares in various parts of the world. Roger was Chairman of Harper Adams University until November 15 and has various non-executives roles.


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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