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Marshal Papworth Co-ordinator – Sandra Lauridsen
Sandra has been working with the Marshal Papworth Fund for over eight years and is responsible for co-ordinating both scholarship programmes, including liaising with university and education partners, student pastoral care, visa applications, accommodation requirements, itinerary development and even sourcing suitable clothing to keep students warm during their stay.

In Sandra’s words:

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Stewart Papworth
Stewart Papworth

Stewart Papworth is the younger brother of Marshal, the founder of the Marshal Papworth Fund. Stewart grew up, like Marshal, working on the family farm where they grew potatoes, sugar beet, wheat and root vegetables. He and his brother were both members of the East of England Agricultural Society and active within the farming community.

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Emily Craven
Emily Craven

Emily is originally from Peterborough and an active member of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth. Through this, she has been very privileged to travel on several trips to developing countries to work including Malawi and Papua New Guinea.

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Harry Epsom
Harry Epsom

Harry grew up in Kenya, making him the third generation of his family to do so.

Growing up he lived on a farm where he embraced the rural lifestyle. He spent his secondary education in South Africa attending Michaelhouse School before coming to England and continuing his education at the Royal Agricultural College.

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Alice Townsend
Alice Townsend

Alice was brought up in rural Northamptonshire, she studied Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural College and Reading University; following this she worked on farms across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She is currently the estate manager at Newbottle Estate.

Alice has held an interest in agricultural process in developing countries for a number of years working in agricultural and rural development both in the UK and overseas. She worked in Ghana, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda for several years on a range of projects.

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Stephen G Harris
Stephen G Harris

Stephen, now retired, worked with HSBC Bank as a Corporate Agribusiness Manager where he financed successful large integrated farm and horticultural businesses.

Stephen is a past Chairman of the East of England Agricultural Society and for many years was a Trustee and Director – the Society manages the Marshal Papworth Fund.

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James Parrish
James Parrish

James joined the Marshal Papworth committee in 2008, in December 2015 he completed a four-year term as Marshal Papworth Fund Chairman.

Born in Chicksands, Bedfordshire, James grew up on his family’s farm and went on to study Agricultural Marketing at Harper Adams University College, with a gap year working for Waitrose and M&S in America. James later went on to achieve a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University. James works within his family’s arable and vegetable crop farming business.

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Matthew Studdert-Kennedy
Matthew Studdert-Kennedy

Matthew began his career as a concept architect, but a series of coincidences saw him spend the last fifteen years teaching agriculture and conservation at Shuttleworth College. It was through his role as a lecturer he was introduced to the Marshal Papworth Fund and he has since been key in shaping the taught content of the 10 week Short Course.

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Thomas Benjamin White Beazley
Thomas Benjamin White Beazley

Thomas runs an arable farm in Pavenham, North Bedfordshire, growing wheat, barley and oilseed rape. He also has an area of permanent pasture by the river Great Ouse where the family graze a small herd of Sussex cattle; the produce from which they sell on their farm.

Thomas is vice chairman of the East of England Agricultural Society and has been involved with the Marshal Papworth Fund from its early stages. From the outset, Thomas knew very little about the problems facing third world agriculture and its allied industries.

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Charles David Reynolds
Charles David Reynolds

Charlie grew up on his family’s farm, and has gone on to continue tradition, becoming a fourth generation farmer. He has spent over 20 years in the industry in roles encompassing farm management and more recently as a farm business and technology consultant.

Upon completion of his college studies Charlie travelled to South Africa and worked in Zimbabwe where he was able to gain an understanding and background knowledge of agriculture in developing countries.

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One year scholarships at UK-based agricultural and horticultural universities and colleges.

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