New Chairman appointed at international agriculture education charity
Concluding a highly successful four year term as Chairman of the Marshal Papworth Fund committee, James Parrish is handing over the reins to Tom Arthey, farming consultant and Marshal Papworth Fund committee member. Outgoing Chairman James is a member of the East of England Agricultural Society and has been involved with the Marshal Papworth Fund since 2008 and became Chairman in 2011. He has been fundamental in developing the Fund’s influence and impact, ensuring that it is able to continue improving the lives of rural communities around the world.
Speaking about his time as Chairman, James commented: “The Marshal Papworth Fund’s point of difference from other charities is its length of experience working in developing countries, specifically in Africa. I have very much enjoyed my time as Chairman and hope I have made a difference to the lives of the students and their home countries.
“During my tenure with the Fund I had the opportunity to attend the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Conference in Zambia, an experience I will never forget. Seeing first-hand the farming practices, while also having the opportunity to discuss and address the agricultural purchasing issues they face on a daily basis, was invaluable for my role.”
Tom Arthey, incoming Chairman of the Marshal Papworth Fund, studied Land Management at Reading University specialising in rural practice, before beginning a career as a Chartered Surveyor and Land Agent, alongside sitting on the Marshal Papworth committee for over four years. Tom is looking forward to using his education and experience in agriculture to continue the outstanding work of the charity.
Tom stated: “I have been involved with the Fund since 2011 and am looking forward to taking a more prominent role in the charity’s activities. James has been an inspirational chairman and I have some very big shoes to fill.
“I hope to use my business nous to bring a fresh approach to the fundraising efforts, so that we can continue to increase the number of individuals we help around the world.”
The Marshal Papworth Fund is wholly managed by the East of England Agricultural Society and has already helped improve the lives of 145 students from developing countries through its Masters Programme and 10-week Short Course.