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Our Trustees

These are the Trustees of The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.

Below is a list of individual trustees and the Secretary.

Andrew McCornick

Andrew is NFU Scotland’s President and NFU Scotland’s representative on the Charitable Trust. Andrew is married with three sons and a daughter. His farm in Barnbackle near Dumfries has suckler cows, breeding ewes with a small herd of pedigree Charolais cattle.

Before being elected President of NFU Scotland, Andrew was elected Vice President in February 2015. He has been Vice Chairman of the Dumfries branch, and then Regional Board Chairman for Dumfries and Galloway. He also sat on the LFASS committee.

Barclay Bell

Barclay is President of Ulster Farmers Union and its representative on the Charitable Trust.  Barclay is married with three children and farms on an 8th generation farm at Rathfriland, County Down. Enterprises on the farm are cereals, sheep, winter accommodation for dairy heifers, willows and cut flowers. He is a past member of the UFU Beef and Lamb Committee and Seeds and Cereals Committee and County Down Chairman. Barclay is also an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Society, Chair of the Open Farm Weekend steering group and NFU Mutual Regional Board Member.

Christine Kennedy OBE

Christine Kennedy is a Non-Executive Director of NFU Mutual. She is a partner in her family’s farm business in County Down. Christine was previously the Director of Commodities and Food for the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) and a co-opted member of the UFU Board. She has also acted as an Independent Assessor for PricewaterhouseCoopers for appointments to the Policing Community Safety Partnership and for the Commissioner of Public Appointments in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She has been an Independent Panel Member for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Peace Projects, Rural Development and Review Panels. She is a director of Countryside Services Ltd, a member of the NI Food Advisory Committee for the Food Standards Agency, a member of the UFU and a Trustee of the Donaghadee Young Farmers Club. Christine was awarded an O.B.E in 2006 for services to the dairy industry and agriculture in Northern Ireland.

Jim Creechan - Secretary to the Trustees

Jim qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in private practice and has since worked for a number of major companies, including Tarmac Construction, Massey Fergusson and, Sharp, the Japanese electronics group. He is also qualified as an English solicitor and has an honours and a masters degree in law. He has experience of a wide range of corporate and commercial law matters and in addition to his role as Secretary to the Trustees he is NFU Mutual’s Group Head of Legal and Company Secretary.

Lindsay Sinclair

Lindsay Sinclair is NFU Mutual’s Group Chief Executive. During his career Lindsay has run retail businesses around the world for Barclays, ING and Standard Chartered (including bancassurance together with AIG across South East Asia).

Lord Curry of Kirkharle

Lord Curry was appointed as a cross bench peer in the House of Lords in October 2011. He is Chair of the Leckford Estate, owned by Waitrose, Chair of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, Chairman of the Better Regulation Executive and was previously Chairman of the Delivery Group overseeing the Government’s Sustainable Farming & Food Strategy. Lord Curry is also a member of the Council of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and Trustees for both Clinton Devon Estates and the Lawes Trust, Rothamsted Research.  Lord Curry farms in Northumberland.

Meurig Raymond M.B.E

Meurig is president of the NFU of England & Wales and is one if its representatives on the Charitable Trust.  His farm in Pembrokeshire grows 2,200 acres of combinable crops and 300 acres of potatoes.  The farm also has dairy cows, beef cattle and store lambs.  Meurig represented Wales on the Home Grown Cereals Authority between 1997 and 2004 and he served on the Council of Food from Britain between 1997 and 2003.  He became a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society in 2000 and was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours in January 2005 for his services to agriculture.

Richard Butler

Richard is a farmer in the Pewsey Vale in Wiltshire. Richard was President of the Association of Independent Crop Consultants from January 2004 to January 2007. He is a former NFU County Chairman and former Chairman of the National Cereals Committee of the NFU of England & Wales. Richard was appointed to the Board of Trustees by the NFU of England & Wales in 2009.

Richard Percy

Richard is Chairman of NFU Mutual. He has farmed in Hertfordshire for over 30 years. Richard also manages an arable livestock farm in Buckinghamshire and is Director of Apsey Development Limited.  He is currently a member of the DEFRA "Resilience Summit Working Group" whose aim is to advise the Secretary of State on Farming business resilience.  Richard was a Council Member of the NFU of England and Wales for 10 years until 2010.  Until 2009 Richard was a member of the Board of the Environment Agency and of its Pension Committee.

Stephen James

Stephen is NFU Cymru President and NFU Cymru's representative on the Charitable Trust.  Stephen farms in partnership with his wife and their son.  They have 500 acre farm with 270 dairy cows.  Stephen is former Pembrokeshire County NFU Cymru Chairman.  He is also President of the Pembrokeshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, a Board Director of the Clynderwen & Cardiganshire Farmers, and a show commentator at the Pembrokeshire county show.