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 Chairman of the NIAB Board and Chairman of Ceres Investment Committee and a Trustee of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in India.

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 (CIP), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Alliance of the 15 research centres of the CGIAR, Innovate UK’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform, President of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE), Council Member of the Biological and Bio-Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and a member of the UK Agri-Tech Strategy’s Leadership Council, Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, and the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Selection Panel.

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