Directly involved with farming for more than 35 years. This has mainly focused on the growth of a family run business at Woolas Grange, Appleton Roebuck, York. The current structure of the business focuses on a mixed arable rotation, a 250 ewe flock, as well as a small beef finishing enterprise.
Educated at Scarborough College, Charles later spent five years at Askham Bryan College focussing on the development of arable cropping. He has seen massive changes in farming during his career and has embraced new technologies and change across all sectors of his business. With an ever increasing focus on ‘sustainable farming’ one of his greatest passions has been to strive for a balance between the environment and economic sustainability.
A strong believer in breaching the divide between the agricultural community and general public, Charles strongly believes in helping increase the two way understanding of consumers and industry’s needs.
Deeply committed to YAS in a variety of roles as Trustee, Council Member, member of the Grants and Education Committee, Deputy Chief Cattle Steward, and Chair of the Tye Trophy Judges. Charles has been recently appointed Chair of the Yorkshire Farming Rural Network.
Other current memberships and/or chairs include, President of Tadcaster and Wetherby Young Farmers, NFU, CLA, and Vice Chair of the 2008 Ainsty Drainage Board.
Away from the farm, Charles remains dedicated to the core values of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, which also aims to deliver a balance between farming commitments and principles, and wider issues of the countryside.