United Kingdom Management Profiles

Formed: 1947, Website: http://nuffieldscholar.org/

Helen Woolley – Chairman
Helen Woolley

Email: hlw.nuffield@outlook.com

Helen was elected as Chairman of Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust in November 2018 and is a Director and UK representative of Nuffield International. She is an experienced Board Director with 6 years experience as both Executive and non-executive Director and has an in depth knowledge and understanding of agriculture and the wider rural sector gained from 35+ years experience working in the industry, the last 12 yrs at senior management level and most recently as Director General of CLA until retiring in November 2018. She also has a wealth of practical experience having worked on dairy and arable farms including her husband’s farm business in Lincolnshire.

Mike Vacher – Director
Mike Vacher

Email: director@nuffieldscholar.org

Mike has been the Director of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust in the United Kingdom for the past 5 years. He is responsible to the Nuffield Trustees for managing the unique Nuffield scheme of study and personal development in the United Kingdom and its involvement with Nuffield International.

He comes with a lifelong commitment to rural affairs and agriculture at large, as well as the experience gained from a successful military career, followed by seven years as Bursar of large independent school charities.

During his time in the British Army he travelled extensively, served in Sierra Leone, Jordan, Hong Kong and Europe as well as visiting USA, Canada and New Zealand and working in international organisations. He was Deputy Commandant and Chief of Staff at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he set up ‘The Sandhurst Foundation’ as an alumni for the 60,000 officers and staff with the greater purpose of fostering leadership worldwide.

At two large UK independent schools he was responsible for all aspects of administration for large charities including their proper business management, statutory compliance and governance.

Mike is an accomplished horseman, who has been Chef d’Equipe for international 3 Day Eventing teams and continues to serve as an active British Eventing and international FEI steward.

The NFST office runs from his small farm in the heart of Somerset on the Blackdown Hills, where he lives with his wife who acts as Director’s Assistant. They have one son who is a chartered surveyor and oversees a number of the home projects!

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