Jim Godfrey

Jim Godfrey
Chairman of NIAB Board

Elected to the NIAB Board in September 2012 Jim Godfrey OBE is a director of RJ & AE Godfrey, a family farming business in North Lincolnshire with 4,000 ha of arable crops and a successful indoor pig unit with 6,500 sows.

A specialist in leading strategic change and corporate governance Jim is a NIAB Board director and chairman of Innovate UK’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform and of the Commercial Farmers Group. He is a member of the UK Agri-Tech Strategy’s Leadership Council, an RASE honorary vice president, director of Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, trustee of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and a faculty member of the International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Board Training Programme.

His former board and committee positions include chair of The Potato Marketing Board, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Sentry Farming Group plc, the International Potato Centre and the Alliance of the 15 Research Centres of the CGIAR, a council member of the Biological and Bio-Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and a member of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Selection Panel.

Jim was awarded the OBE for services to agricultural research in Scotland in 2002.