A Fellow is a person of eminence who has made a significant and distinguished contribution to the industries and professions associated with the work of the Royal Agricultural University.
Fellowships are normally awarded at the annual Graduation ceremony for the award of degrees.
Professor Christine Cross
A food scientist by background, Christine lectured at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Bath for 15 years. During this time, she was a Director with Tesco plc on their Operating Board (1989 - 2003) in a variety of roles; developing own brand, leading non-food and global sourcing, and latterly Business Development Director focussed on international and small format expansion.
She left Tesco in 2003 and now runs a retail advisory business focussing on international best practice in customer led business planning and value chain management.
Christine has non-executive Directorships with: Sonae Group plc, Hilton Food Group plc, and Coca Cola European Partners plc, and private companies such as The Pollen Estate, Fenwick, River Island, and Monsoon Accessorize. In the last 10 years she has sat on the Boards of Next plc, Empire Canada plc, Fairmont Hotel Group Canada plc, Brambles plc, Woolworths AU plc, Kathmandu plc, and Taylor Wimpey, and has been Chief Retail Advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Christine holds the title of Visiting Professor at Belfast and Hull University Business Schools.
Meurig Raymond MBE
Meurig, born in 1952, was elected local branch Chairman of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in 1979 and Pembrokeshire County Chairman in 1989. In 1992, he became the Welsh NFU Treasurer and served as the Pembrokeshire delegate on NFU Council between 1995 and 2004 and served as Vice-Chairman of the NFU's Cereals Committee between 1999 and 2001 and served on the Agricultural Wages Board for six years from 1998. He was elected as Vice-President of the NFU in 2004, became Deputy President in 2006 and President in 2014 and was re-elected for a second term in 2016; before standing down as NFU President in February 2018.
Meurig represented European farmers on the European Commission’s High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Supply Chain – working to improve the position of farmers in the food chain across Europe.
He represented Wales on the Home Grown Cereals Authority between 1997 and 2004 and he served on the Council of Food from Britain between 1997and 2003.
Meurig became a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society in 2000 and was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in January 2005 for his services to agriculture.
Meurig farms 3,600 acres in Pembrokeshire in partnership with his twin brother, eldest son and nephew.
Caroline Drummond MBE
Caroline has been Chief Executive of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), the farming and environmental charity, since it started in 1991. She graduated in Agriculture and has broad practical agricultural experience from across the globe. Her work focuses on encouraging more sustainable farming practices and building a better public trust and understanding of farming, food and the environment – values that she is personally extremely passionate about. She is actively involved in many industry partnerships and initiatives.
In 2009 Caroline was awarded the MBE, she has an Honorary Doctorate from Harper Adams University, a Nuffield Scholarship and was awarded Honorary Fellowship for the Society of the Environment.
Caroline is actively involved with the British Nutrition Foundation, North Wyke, the Agri-tech initiative – The Centre for Applied Crop Science and the Science Museum.
Caroline is married to a dairy farmer and they have a young daughter.