WHO WE ARE
David is described as one of the most stylish left handed batsman of his era, David was also one of the most capped and highest scoring players during his period. He played 117 Test matches and 114 One Day Internationals for England and scored 8,231 and 3,170 runs respectively. He also led England to an Ashes victory in 1985. Today David is the main presenter of international cricket on the Sky Sports alongside another of our great supporters Sir Ian Botham.
One of Britain’s best-known farmers, Adam Henson, has joined the charity The Country Food Trust as patron, pledging his support to help tackle the UK’s growing issue of food poverty. Adam is a familiar face to many as a TV presenter and tenant of the Cotswold Farm Park, a 650-hectare mixed farm in the Cotswolds, home to more than 50 breeding flock and herds of British rare breed farm animals.
Mark Hix MBE
Celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix is known for his original take on British gastronomy. Mark is frequently lauded as one of London’s most eminent restaurateurs with an unrivalled knowledge of ingredients with provenance. He is an award-winning author and food writer.
Mark received an MBE for his services to hospitality in the New Years’ Honours list 2017.
Phil is a television presenter, author, businessman, property investor and journalist best known as co-presenter of long running property shows Location, Location, Location and Love It Or List It. For the past fifteen years Phil has also been a patron of St Mungo’s Homeless Charity based in London. Born and brought up on a family farm in Kent he is a country lad through and through. He now lives in Hampshire alongside his various dogs, chickens, horses and sheep.
Chairman of the Trustees
Alex started his career in the city before founding the venture capital business Octopus Ventures. He led the business as CEO until 2017 and subsequently as Chairman. During this time Octopus Ventures established itself as one of the leading venture capital houses in Europe investing in and partnering with some of the UK and Europe’s most successful high growth technology and tech-enabled businesses. Over the years he has served as a director on numerous company boards and he joins The Country Food Trust as Chairman. Having been actively involved in field sports from a young age Alex now lives on the Dorset border with his family where they keep a small flock of rare breed sheep.
Andrew is a graduate of The European Business School. His career started in 1993 at ED & F Man, where he served in various senior and Board roles within the Company. Andrew left Man in 2006 and is Managing Partner of St Albans Capital LLP, the Stone family investment management vehicle. Andrew is a keen skier and enjoys field sports. He divides his time between London and Gloucestershire with his wife and four children.
Duncan is a graduate of Christs College, Cambridge and Columbia Business School. After 17 years with Brown Brothers Harriman, he returned to the family estate, Braxted Park in Essex, in 2002 and has developed it into a successful diversified rural business based on 100 weddings and events, a major mixed shoot, an arable farm, property management, a golf course and a cookery school. A passionate countryman, Duncan joined as the Trustee in charge of our Ambassadorial program and is piloting the Country Food Trust Initiative in East Anglia which aims to triangulate the relationship between a region’s shoots, game processors and charities.
Mark Firth has spent a life working in the countryside, mainly involved with Field Sports. As one of the original founders of Roxtons he has intimate knowledge of the game shooting industry. Having sold out of Roxtons in 2005, Mark now lives in West Dorset. Although still primarily involved with Field Sports, Mark is also a founder of Chesil Smokery and partner in a family trout farm. Mark’s other previous pro-bono experience has been as a Board member of the Countryside Alliance and a trustee of the Countryside Alliance Foundation and Get Hooked on Fishing which encouraged at risk children to take up fishing.
Chris is Managing Director of GunsOnPegs which helps to run The Country Food Trust Initiative. Chris graduated from The University of Nottingham having grown up in Suffolk. After starting working life in his intended career in an investment management company, Chris and his father turned their hobby into a business and he hasn’t looked back since. Now with over 100,000 members, GunsOnPegs continues to connect buyers and sellers of shooting for free. Chris enjoys shooting, skiing, cycling, running and watching nearly all other sports!
Trustee & Hon Treasurer
SJ Radford is a Chartered Accountant and has over twenty-five years’ experience working in accountancy and international business management. She worked with public, private and entrepreneurial firms.
After 23 years abroad, SJ moved back to the UK in May 2012. On her return, she completed a Diploma Course in Charity Accounting and Financial Management at CASS Business School.
Amanda decided that wine was going to become her profession in the vineyards of Champagne working as the “jeune fille” at Moët’s Château de Saran. Returning to London, John Armit asked her to join his business, where she worked in a series of roles, ending up as Managing Director. A move to her husband’s family farm in Norfolk in 2005 led to two year consultancy with Lay & Wheeler and, in January 2008, she became a director of Private Cellar. Amanda focuses on developing new business, educating on wine and advising on the creation of investment and drinking portfolios for her clients worldwide.
A private chef, writer, cookery teacher and presenter living in Devon. He has been into food from an early age, spending much of my childhood on the family farm in Wiltshire, gleaning a close understanding of farming and fostering a love of the great British countryside, wild food and quality produce which forms the cornerstone of how I think about food today. Tim focuses on producing amazing dishes using ethically produced, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. Over the last 15 years, Tim has worked in a variety of exciting roles across a wide range of restaurants and was the author of The River Cottage Handbook on Game.
Tim was born into an army family and went to school in the South West of England before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1985. He served with 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards before joining the city working in commodity derivatives for Merrill Lynch. Tim went on to run Commodity Derivatives globally for UBS. Tim left the city in 2015 and was asked by the founding Trustees to set up The Country Food Trust. He has been its Chief Executive since inception.
Head of Operations
Having started her working life at Christie’s in St James, London, Karen went on to become joint director of a successful fine art restoration studio in the South West for 25 years. Alongside running the business and raising two sons, she is also Chef d’Equipe for the Australian Carriage Driving Four-in-Hand Team, winning three successive Gold medals at the World Equestrian Games and two at World Championships. Following a late ‘gap year’ spent travelling in Africa, Asia, New Zealand and USA, Karen joined The Country Food Trust in 2018 with her whippet ‘Ted’ and is our Head of Operations.
Saskia spent many years in London working in the film, television and live events industries. The family moved back to Gloucestershire where she continued to work freelance on an ad hoc basis before taking a career break to bring up her children. During this time, Saskia trained in natural therapies and ran a successful private clinic in Gloucestershire.
The last few years have seen Saskia return to the live events industry working for an international events company. This was followed by helping to set up and subsequently run the London branch of an established hire company who specialised in festivals, events and parties.
Lucy lives in Gloucestershire and has joined us from the Hunt Staff Benefit Society. With a MSc in Rural Estate Management from the Royal Agricultural College, and a Geography Degree from Exeter, she has a background in both land agency and cookery teaching. Lucy is most at home outdoors enjoying the British countryside. Although an enthusiastic shot, during the season she is usually found in the beating line working her cocker Maud. A big believer in zero waste, she is a huge advocate for cooking with game, and even ensures the feathers are put to decorative use!