External Members

Rosey Dunn

Rosey is a first generation farmer, in partnership with her husband and son.  The farm is a mix of beef, sheep and arable and Rosey undertakes an active role on the farm.

Having recently stepped down from many years as an NFU Officeholder, Rosey still takes a keen interest in political and industry matters.  As well as serving as City of York Parish Councillor.

Richard Ellison

Richard was born in Bristol in 1951.  A graduate of the University of Sussex he joined the National Farmers Union as a Graduate Trainee and remained with the organisation throughout his working life.  Richard was appointed North East Regional Director in 1990 covering Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland.  His role was to manage the work of the NFU in the region, to promote the interests of farmers and the rural communities through political representation and to maintain a high profile for the organisation and for the industry as a whole.

Neil Franklin

Neil is a property lawyer and heads Rollits' Agriculture and Renewable Sector teams. He is also the partner responsible for the firm's human resources, based in Hull, but spends most of his time at the firm's York office. Neil is also the Chair of Hull and East Yorkshire Centre for the Deaf.

Alan Menzies

Alan is currently Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration with East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The directorate combines economic development with planning and development management and sustainable community functions.

Frances Owen (Vice Chair)

Frances was Registrar and Secretary for the University of Hull, focusing on the University’s need for compliance with governance and legislative requirements until she retired in 2013. In 2014, Frances was appointed Quality Champion by the South-East European University of Macedonia.

Judy Richmond (Chair)

Judy is Chair of the Corporation’s Search and Remuneration Committees. She is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rural Practice) and works for the National Trust, based in the North Region, as Consultancy Manager and Lead Rural Surveyor. She provides leadership to the rural surveying profession in the region and manages a team of conervation professionals supporting the the trust's diverse properties, including substantial agricultural estates, over 40 miles of coastline, internationally important nature reserves, World Heritage sites and several historic masions. As part of the trust's national consultancy, she provides expertise in sustainable land management, rural policy and rural business development.

Robert Rook

Robert is a former student of the College. He now farms 1850 acres of land near Market Weighton, comprising both arable and livestock including cattle, an egg laying enterprise and a duck fattening enterprise for Cherry Valley Foods. He is currently Chairman of the Beef Improvement Group and a Director of BATA and is also in a partnership managing 6,500 acres of arable land in Saskatchewan, Canada.

David Turner

David is currently Chair of the Audit Committee. He is the Principal of his own accounting company, David Turner & Co, which acquired the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ specialist agricultural team at the end of 2007. He has specialised in advising farmers and land-based businesses for over 25 years. He also now runs the family farm located in East Anglia.

Andrew Ward

Andrew is Lincolnshire born and bred and after being educated at Riseholme College from 1978 to 1980, he now farms 730ha at Leadenham, in Lincolnshire, growing wheat, spring malting barley, sugar beet and oilseed rape. He is the founder of Forage Aid, which he launched in April 2013 to gather up and deliver donated forage and straw to help livestock farmers in the north and west during times of snow and flood. Forage Aid is now a recognised charity of which Andrew is a Trustee and Chairman. He is also Chairman of the AHDB Oilseeds Committee, Board Member of the AHDB’s Project Board and RASE’s Innovation for Agriculture. His farm is an Agrii ifarm Trial Centre specialising in soil and crop nutrition.

Always a keen sportsman, after playing county hockey and tennis, Andrew spent many years supporting his two daughters around the Eventing. He also enjoys watching rugby and football and playing snooker.   

Staff Member

Margaret Grayson

Margaret has worked in the Further Education sector for over 25 years. Currently, she is Registry Co-ordinator for Admissions and has responsibility for managing a small team that deals with all student recruitment, admissions and enrolments.

Student Governor

Tyler Price

Tyler is a third year BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching student and has been a member of the Rugby Union Academy since his arrival at the College. Tyler is currently the captain of the HE rugby side and after graduating has aspirations of continuing into Physical Education teaching or Rugby coaching.

College Principal

Jeanette Dawson OBE

Jeanette has strong farming and equestrian roots and has been the College Principal since August 2003, having previously fulfilled a number of senior management roles across a range of different sector institutions. She is a graduate in law and a qualified solicitor.

Co-opted Members of Committees

Norman Broxham (Audit)

Norman is a qualified chartered accountant and became a partner in the accountancy firm for which he worked in 1974, specialising in shipping and fishing industry clients. He became a partner with Price Waterhouse in 1990, a position which he held until his retirement in 1995. Since then he has provided advisory services for a number of companies and served as a director of Andrew Marr International Ltd and Central Land Holdings Ltd.

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