David Jones was appointed as Farm Manager in 2008. David was born and bred in the north-west of England and is the son of a farming contractor and a teacher. He graduated from Harper Adams in 1994 with an HND in Agriculture. He has worked on farms in Australia and New Zealand, and worked for his previous employer for 10 years, managing farms in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, before making the move to Morley Farms Ltd. David enjoys the challenge of managing a farm with research trials, and being in an innovative environment. David is married with 3 young children.
David Pask was appointed as Company Secretary of both The Morley Agricultural Foundation and Morley Farms Ltd in August 2009. David was born in Norfolk, and trained as an accountant at KPMG in Norwich from 1966 to 1973. Since then David was employed for 7 years as Finance Director of a local boiler manufacturer, before moving to the Norwich based May Gurney Group in the construction industry in 1980. David spent 29 years with May Gurney in various senior financial roles, eventually being appointed Finance Director and Company Secretary of several of the subsidiary companies within the group.
David enjoys the current challenge of working in a different industry, and in particular for a business that is funding projects for the greater good of all. David is married, enjoys watching most sports, with a passion for playing golf.
The Morley Agricultural Foundation is a Charitable Trust run by a Board of Trustees appointed by an Advisory Council of 14 members which meets twice a year (normally in January and June) to discuss matters affecting the Foundation. The Board of Trustees currently includes the following members:
Nick Steed (Chairman) has been involved with Morley for over thirty years. His career was in practical farm management and he has always been interested in the technical and production side of agriculture. He now works as a consultant with a local company. He is very pleased that the Foundation is able to provide funding for quality research and development, and that it is helping young people develop their careers.
Philip Richardson retired as Chairman of The Arable Group (TAG) in Setember 2006 having overseen the creation of TMAF and the merger of Morley Research and Arable Research Centres to form TAG. Prior to this he was an Executive Committee member of Morley Research Centre for 15 years and Chair for 5 years. He has been active in agricultural politics for many years and currently chairs the Assured Food Standards Pig Sector Scheme.
He is a Board member of the Agri-Food Charities Partnership (AFCP) which links a wide range of independent agricultural charities and provides a means of communication and coordination for their activities. It also gives a single point of contact for levy bodies, students and others wishing to liaise with the sector. He is also a Board member of the Centre for Contemporary Agriculture (CCA) – a partnership between Easton and Otley College, UEA, John Innes Centre, Food Research Institute and NIAB-TAG, set up to develop agricultural and food industry education at all levels, and based in East Anglia.
Robert Salmon is a director of a 515 ha family farm in mid-Norfolk. The company also contract farms 570 ha for other local farmers. Cropping includes wheat, malting barley, oilseed rape, beans, oats, grass seed, sugar beet and blackcurrants. His main area of interest is improving soil structure. In 1996 Richard was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship, sponsored by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, to study "The practice and financing of arable crops research and the dissemination of results". He is a director of TAG and, prior to that, served for a number of years on the Board of Morley Research Centre.
John Wallace farms at Coney Weston in North Suffolk growing Cereals, Sugar Beet, Oilseed Rape and Peas. In the past he has been a contractor to an organic farm and hosted a genetically modified sugar beet trial. He is a trustee of the Chadacre Agricultural Trust and a board member of Framlingham Farmers. John specialises in portfolio matters for the Foundation.
Mike Gamble is a Senior Partner in the Norwich based firm of Irelands, Agricultural Surveyors and Auctioneers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and a Member of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. He is also a Member of the Corporation of Easton College and a Council Member of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. Mike lives locally to Morley and has particular interest in the estate and property matters of the Foundation.