Chair, Board of Trustees
Jim Godfrey, OBE, DSc, is chair of the IRRI Board of Trustees (BOT). He is also honorary vice president and council member of The Royal Agriculture Society of England since 2002, and director of the R J & A E Godfrey farming companies based in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. The companies produce a wide range of products such as potatoes, cereals, and sugar beet.
In addition to his duties as chair of the IRRI BOT, Jim is currently director of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network; member of the UK Government’s Leadership Council’s Agri-Tech Strategy; steering group member of Farming Futures; and vice president of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.
Jim is former chair of the Commercial Farmers Group and Innovate UK Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform, in which capacities he led collaboration with the private sector to deliver innovation to the market to create economic activity in the UK. He also contributed immensely to improving the corporate governance of 15 CGIAR centers when he was chair of the Alliance Board of these centers.
Jim is renowned for his work and leadership in research. His various recognitions include an OBE for services to agricultural research in Scotland (2002), the World Potato Congress Industry Award (2006), an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Reading (2007), the Potato Council Award (2008), and the National Agricultural Award of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (2015). He is a fellow of both the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS, 2000) and the Institute of Directors (FloD, 2004).