The Trustees

Robert GH Lewis, NDA


Robert Lewis was born in 1947. He was educated at Felsted School in Essex and gained a National Diploma in Agriculture from Writtle Agricultural College, also in Essex. He joined Professor and Mrs James in 1974 to manage the farmland they had acquired in the previous 10 years. During this period, as Managing Director of T&M James (Farms) Ltd, the area of farmland doubled to 1000 acres of arable land.

Robert’s interests include field sports, rugby and the study of conservation and natural history. He is a member of the Royal Forestry Society, The Farmers Club, The National Trust, The Countryside Alliance, and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

He is married with a son and daughter. He was appointed a Trustee in 1995.

Michael F James, BSc PhD

Mike trained in Physiology (BSc) and biological research (PhD) at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and worked for 28 years at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and its antecedent companies in therapeutic research. He has co-authored, with GSK colleagues and academic collaborators, ˜40 full scientific papers in research areas such as arthritis, inflammation and neurological disease, especially the development and use of preclinical imaging (particularly magnetic resonance imaging). Mike married his wife Irene in 1970; their son Alex was born in 1980 and has been blind from birth. Mike’s interests apart from science include country sports, walking, touring, art and museums and visiting ancient sites. He is a member of English Heritage, the National Trust and a Friend of the British Museum. He volunteers at Bishop’s Stortford Museum and has written a book (Stortford Histories) on the town’s local history”.



John D MacGregor, BSc MSc

John has spent his working life as a rural consultant, and is a former Chairman of Laurence Gould Partnership Ltd, the largest independent rural consultancy in the UK.

His first degree was in Agricultural Economics, followed by an MSc in Farm Business Management. He now concentrates on strategic advice to farms and estates, in particular in setting up joint ventures, at the same time advising on environmental and diversification opportunities.

John was a director of T&M James (Farms) Ltd for many years, and was appointed a Trustee in 1997 so that he could apply his knowledge of rural businesses, countryside pursuits, conservation bodies, and landowners to the aims of the Trust.