Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognises farming

Farm safety campaigner James Chapman, who lost an arm in an agricultural accident, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Mr Chapman, a former chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, has campaigned for better farm safety since his left arm was severed when his clothes became entangled with an unguarded pto shaft in 2005.

An early supporter of the Health and Safety Executive’s Make the Promise campaign, it took more than a year for Mr Chapman to come to terms with the accident and begin thinking positively about how he could use his experience to prevent others suffering.

In his own time, Mr Chapman raises money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Air Ambulance, which came to his aid. He was named Farmers Weekly Farming Champion of the Year in 2011.

Speaking at the time, he said: “I don’t want people to think I’m preaching. I just want them to learn from my mistakes rather than make their own. I don’t want anybody, their families or their friends to go through this.”

Other Birthday Honours include:


  • Professor Christopher Gaskell, principal of the Royal Agricultural College, Cicencester, for services to veterinary medicine and agriculture.


  • John Bishop, of Rushall Farm, for services to agriculture and the community in Berkshire.

  • David Lawrence, principal and chief executive of Easton College, Norfolk, for services to land-based further and higher education.

  • Tony Redsell, Kent farmer and hop grower, for services to the English hop industry.


  • John Alfred Best, chairman of the Ulster Farmers’ Union seeds and cereals committee, for services to the agri-food industry in Northern Ireland.

  • Pris Colchester, for services to the Eastern Counties Farm Crisis Network farming charity.

  • Anne-Marie Nash, for services to farming.

  • William Frederick Rawling, chairman of the Farmer Network, for services to agriculture and hill farming in Cumbria and Yorkshire.

  • Digby Scott, publisher of Pig World, for services to pig industry.

British Empire Medal

  • Philip Anthony Venner Crawford, for services to farming and to the rural community in south-west England.

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