James Townshend is the Chairman and CEO of Velcourt Group Ltd. In addition he is on the Board of a number of other companies operating in the property and agricultural sectors within the UK and Europe, including Grosvenor Farms Ltd.
He has been a member of the steering groups “Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform” since July 2010 and the “Global Food Security Strategy Advisory Board” since October 2011. James has also been a member of the Agri -Food Technology Leadership Council since its inception in March 2013. In November 2012, James was appointed by the Prime Minister as Business Ambassador to represent the UK’s Food, Drink and Agricultural industries. In November 2015, James became a Governor of the RAU.
James is also a member of the Agricultural Forum, the Worshipful Company of Farmers and a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies.