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.
Lord (Henry) Plumb, British farmer, former President of the National Farmers Union, and European Parliamentarian, has achieved worldwide recognition in the field of agriculture and politics. Born in 1925, he was 15 years-old when World War II broke out and his father took him out of school to help on the mixed family farm in Coleshill, Warwickshire, which he later took over when his dad died in 1952.
Managing 121 hectares, Henry Plumb developed the drive and passion that would serve him well throughout his career. He joined the Young Farmers Club at Coleshill, where he met and married his wife Marjorie, and became active in the National Farmers Union. He was elected NFU Vice-President in 1964, promoted to Deputy President in 1966, and became President in 1970. He was knighted in 1973.
Over the next nine years he oversaw and negotiated Britain’s place in the Common Agricultural Policy and ensured proper support for British agriculture. Sir Henry has been a strong advocate of the pro-market campaign, stressing that Britain no longer had the economic power to deliver cheap food.
When his presidency at the NFU came to an end, Sir Henry entered European politics. He was elected MEP (Member of the European Parliament) for the Cotswolds in 1979, travelling widely and developing a deeper understanding of the agricultural industry. He became President of the European Parliament in 1987, the first and only Briton to hold the post.
Lord Plumb joined the House of Lords in 1987, and remains an active peer to this day. In 2012, he established the Henry Plumb Foundation to provide funding and financial backing for young people with ideas and enthusiasm, wishing to forge a career in agriculture.
Tim Hadaway graduated from the Royal Agricultural University in 1995, having studied a BSc in International Agriculture and Equine Business Management, and has a wealth of experience in the equestrian sports world.
Tim Hadaway worked as Director of the Blair Castle International Horse Trials, managing and developing Scotland’s leading three-day event and country fair, before joining British Eventing in 2002. As Sports and Technical Manager, Tim was responsible for the day-to-day management of eventing in Britain; 150 national and international events. He later founded Tim Hadaway Ltd, offering consultancy services across equestrian sport and the associated industry, working in particular for the British Equestrian Federation and Bramham International Horse Trials.
In 2008, Tim Hadaway took on the challenge of a lifetime. He joined the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) as Equestrian Sports Manager and is widely credited for success of the equestrian competitions.
Once the Games had drawn to a close, Tim joined the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) as Director of the newly created Games and Championships Department and is responsible for advising Organising Committees of future Olympic, Paralympic and FEI World Equestrian Game, ensuring that all FEI technical requirements are delivered. He’s currently working with the team in Rio preparing for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as on preparations for Tokyo 2020 and the FEI World Equestrian Game 2018 in Canada.
Tim Lawson, FRICS, MRAC
Tim Lawson worked on the Duke of Beaufort’s Badminton Estate before attending at the Royal Agricultural College. He graduated in 1965 from the BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management course and was awarded the Harker Silver Medal for best student in rural estate management. He has three sons, all of whom attended the RAU and are now working at Knight Frank and Savills.
Tim joined Bidwells in Cambridge in 1965 and in 1972 became the Administrative Partner. He was made the Senior Partner in 1980. Tim saw rapid expansion in the firm over the next ten years, growing from 11 professionals (in 1965) to more than 250 by 1990 – many of whom graduated from the RAC and went on to become Equity Partners in the firm.
Tim was elected a QA of the Chartered Land Agents Society in 1967, an Associate of the Chartered Auctioneers and of the RICS in 1970, and became a Fellow of the RICS in 1974.
Tim retired from Bidwells in 2002, but remained much involved in the RAU and property affairs for a number of Trusts, Charities and families in the Cambridge area, perhaps most notably the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and the world renowned Papworth Hospital.
Tim Lawson was the ‘1964 leaver’ to join the RACA committee, later taking on roes of secretariat and treasurer. He became a Governor of the College in 1988, and retained the position until he retired in December 2008. Tim sat on almost all of the sub-committees of the Main Board and was one of the founding Trustees of the RAC Pension & Life Assurance Scheme.