Board of Trustees

Working alongside the young people, staff and volunteers is the Longlands Care Farm Board of Trustees  The Board has been built up over the last couple of years to reflect the knowledge, skills and experience required to deliver a safe and confident Care Farm service.

Mark Molloy (Chair)
Mark is a social worker by background and has a long history of working in statutory children’s services across social care, education and health.  He has held regional responsibilities on key national DfE and DH children’s programmes. He has delivered a variety of change and commissioning programmes for the Welsh Assembly Government.  Mark has excellent leadership skills, is commercially and politically aware and has in-depth knowledge of current legislation. He has solid project management skills both within a local authority context and through his consultancy expertise. Recently, Mark has specialised in commissioning and its application as a transformation/change management process.  He has held senior positions in Local Authority settings being responsible for Children Services across Health, Education and Social Care under Children’s Trust/partnership arrangements.


Ben Allman (Treasurer)
Ben is a partner at Ballards LLP, a leading Worcestershire accountancy firm, and specialises in agriculture and local owner-managed businesses. He also is treasurer and vice chair of Malvern Hills Round Table and therefore gets involved in regular fundraising activities in the Malvern area. Ben grew up on a farm and understands the beneficial and restorative nature of being out in the countryside. He also is committed to giving up his time to supporting those locally who are less fortunate. His hope on joining the board is that his financial experience of small companies and ability to communicate management information will assist Longlands Care Farm in achieving its aims.


Emma Gregory
Having spent the last 15 years working within financial recruitment, Emma runs her own recruitment business in Worcester. The agency specialises in professional taxation appointments within professional services firms. She brings to the board general business management and recruitment and human resources knowledge.  Having grown up close to Longlands at Whitbourne Hall, Emma spent a considerable amount of her childhood on Longlands farm with Julia and her family. From her own experiences she recognises it to be a supportive, nurturing and special environment. She sees the real benefits of being part of a real life working environment surrounded by positive role models, being part of a team and feeling respected and listened to. Having worked within the private sector and been self-employed for the past 10 years, Emma feels she can offer support in the day to day running of the business, particularly from a human resources perspective.


David Shaw QPM
David recently completed a 36 year career in policing serving predominantly in West Midlands Police and, latterly with West Mercia Police which culminated in him reaching the role of Chief Constable. There he led major change programmes, was joint architect of a radical collaboration project with Warwickshire Police and played a significant role in bringing together a range of criminal justice partners to help deliver, coordinated, complimentary services for communities in the area.
Throughout his service, he saw at first hand the devastating impact deprived neighbourhoods, poor social cohesion and a lack of opportunity and suitable role models can have upon some young people. While still a serving officer, he was quite simply inspired by the work undertaken by Longlands in seeking to turn around the lives of young people affected this way. Therefore when he was approached by Julia to become a Trustee, it was impossible to decline the offer and is truly excited at making a contribution to the outstanding work of the Longlands team.


Iain Morrison
Iain has 22 years experience in the legal profession and is a partner in mfg solicitors based in their Worcester office. He heads their agricultural and rural affairs department which is nationally recognised as a  leading firm in this area of practice. Iain sits on the board of management of the firm with responsibility for the firms marketing.  He is a past president of the Worcestershire Law Society.  Iain’s legal knowledge as well as his experience in advising farmers and rural businesses on a wide range of matters gives him a unique insight into the issues facing agricultural businesses. His management experience having sat on Care Farming West Midlands board and having been involved in community projects adds to the expertise he can bring to Longlands.


Liz Kershaw
Liz  had a long and successful career in business to business sales and marketing before stepping down to concentrate on other projects. She was a prison representative and regional co-ordinator for Shannon Trust for many years, helping to promote and organise a peer-mentoring literacy scheme within Midlands prisons. Her prison literacy experience gave her an insight into how easy it is for vulnerable young people to disengage with education, and how, without intervention, such young people can become caught up in criminal behaviour or find it hard to fulfil their potential. She cooks lunch for the Longlands students and brings first-hand experience of the farm’s activities to the Board as a trustee.


Joe Evans
Joe is Julia's eldest son and grew up on Longlands Farm.  Following a successful career in international banking, Joe returned back to Whitbourne and now runs the estate on which Longlands is based.  He brings to the board general business management experience.  In addition to his involvement in Whitbourne, he is a non-executive director of allmanhall, a food procurement business based in Wiltshire.  Joe is also Vice Chairman of the Herefordshire branch of the Country Landowners Association and sits on the national committee for Business and Rural Economy.


Julian Clapp
Julian set up and ran a marketing and business development consultancy for 25 years. Having established the company as market leader in its sector, Julian has recently sold the business to pursue other interests. He has since acquired a farm in the area.
Julian understands the danger of vulnerable young people disengaging from education and society in general. He has seen how Longlands provides practical help in a real work environment that gets lives back on track.
He also enjoys playing racket sports, walking, cycling and travel.


Longlands continues to grow and develop and is keeping under review the membership of the Board to ensure it has the right capabilities to deliver this important service.  We currently have a vacancy for one board director.  Please contact the Chair (mark@longlandscarefarm.co.uk) if you are interested in applying.