Former NFU president Meurig Raymond, has been awarded a Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Agricultural University (RAU).
He was joined by the chief executive of Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) Caroline Drummond and business consultant Christine Cross who were also acknowledged.
The RAU paid tribute to their careers and impact at its graduation ceremonies in Cirencester Parish Church on Thursday 19 July 2018. Each year, alongside presenting students’ degrees, the university awards Honorary Fellowships to those who have made significant contributions to agriculture and related land-based industries.
Meurig Raymond retired as NFU president in February this year after undertaking various roles there for nearly 40 years. At the European Commission’s High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Supply Chain, Raymond represented European farmers and worked to improve their position in the food chain.
As chief executive of LEAF since it was founded in 1991, Caroline Drummond is an advocate of greater public understanding of farming and of encouraging sustainable farming practices. Christine Cross held senior roles at Tesco, including business development director, and is now an independent adviser working across retail, manufacturing and education.
Professor Joanna Price, vice-chancellor of the RAU said: “Meurig, Caroline and Christine have had a lasting influence on their fields and they’ve shown how food production, agriculture and the land-based industries successfully combine with entrepreneurialism, enterprise and policy leadership.
“Their achievements will inspire our students for years to come because RAU graduates in 2018 are global citizens who are ready to contribute to society in a myriad of ways. With knowledge of their subjects, readiness to embrace the world of work and a willingness to adapt to change, these students will follow in the footsteps of our fellows to be leaders and innovators.”
“We wish them all the best in their future careers and as the newest members of the RAU’s worldwide alumni community,” she added.