Founding Trustees and Chief Executive
Gavin lives in Dorset. He was a solicitor in London for 35 years before deciding to return to university. He is now studying for a PhD in history at UCL.
Founding TrusteeAndrew Stone
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.
Founding TrusteeSebastian Green
Sebastian was brought up in Southern Ireland before studying land management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He is fellow of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. He spent many years as a Resident land agent before setting up his own practice in 2008. He is involved with the management of some 50,000 acres throughout the UK including some of the country’s most prestigious upland sporting estates.
Chief ExecutiveTim Woodward
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.
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.
Founding Partner and owner of Percipient Capital , a leading provider of private equity and venture capital to SMEs. Prior to that Ed worked at Numis Corporation plc heading up their sales and Equity Capital for 12 years. Educated at Stowe School , Sandhurst and served a short term commission in The Lifeguards Regiment .Current directorships include DFX technology Ltd, GKF Wealth Management , Suresense Technology Limited, Grace Personnel Ltd, British Energy Saving Technology Limited. Married to Nicola with 3 children. Interests : Shooting , skiing , Running
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 and Hon TreasurerMike Vaughton
Mike is a qualified accountant having trained with the National Audit Office in London. For the last 26 years he has been in the NHS working in a number of senior management and Board level roles. He is currently based in Bristol.”
PatronDavid Gower OBE
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.
PatronMark Hix MBE
Mark is a celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer. He is known for his original take on British gastronomy. After 17 years as Chef Director at Caprice Holdings, he opened his first restaurant in 2008 – the distinguished HIX Oyster & Chop House in Smithfield, followed by HIX Soho, and the chicken and steak concept restaurants ‘Tramshed’ in Shoreditch, and Hixter Bankside. Located in the basement of HIX Soho and Hixter Bankside is Mark’s Bar with a cocktail list full of historical curiosities.
Outside of London in Mark’s native Dorset, is HIX Oyster & Fish House and a boutique guesthouse, HIX Townhouse, both in Lyme Regis.
Phil Vickery MBE DL
PatronPhil Vickery MBE DL
Former England Rugby captain and legendary tight head prop Phil Vickery MBE, DL has agreed to become a Patron of The Country Food Trust. Phil represented England 73 times and represented the British and Irish Lions 5 times in tours to South Africa and Australia. Phil was a member of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winning squad and was England Captain at the 2007 Rugby World Cup where they reached the finals..
Early retirement due to injury allowed Phil to focus on his successful clothing company Raging Bull and he rose to public prominence again as a dab hand in the kitchen winning the 2011 series of Master Chef. He was awarded an MBE in 2003, appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2015 and is an ambassador for The Prince of Wales Trust In June 2017 he became a non-executive director at Creed Food Services.
Phil is the son of dairy farmer and his bother still runs the family farm in Cornwall. He has a passion for the outdoors, farming, the countryside and for inspiring people to eat well.