The Trustees of the Farm Safety Foundation are in place to ensure that the organisation is doing what it is set up to do. Ultimately our Trustees are responsible for the Foundation meeting its objectives. The Farm Safety Foundation is fortunate to have three extremely well qualified trustees responsible for the successful delivery of our charitable objectives.

Gina Fusco

Gina was appointed Director of Strategy & Marketing at NFU Mutual in October 2013 having overall responsibility for the company’s Marketing and Corporate Communications functions as well as the long term strategic direction of the organisation.

Gina has previously held key roles with Abbey, Barclays, ING Direct UK, Anderson Consulting, Tesco Bank and O2 Ireland and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Farm Safety Foundation Trustee role.

Mary James MBE

Mary James has worked on behalf of the agricultural industry in Wales for over 37 years. She retired in September 2014 after 15 years working for NFU Cymru – holding the office of Director from 2008-2014. Mary also held the position of  Deputy Director and Head of Policy of NFU Cymru for nine years, Mary gained a BSc Honours degree in Agricultural Economics at the University College of Wales Aberystwyth.

In July 2002 she was awarded a prestigious Fellowship from the Royal Agricultural Societies in recognition of further contribution to the agricultural industry to add to her Associateship she received in 1996. In December 2015 Mary was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for her services to agriculture in Wales.

Charles Matts

Charles Matts is a partner on the 700 acre family arable and sheep farm based at Creaton, Northamptonshire and Managing Director of Brixworth Farming, a joint venture arable contracting business, owned by T C Matts & Sons and four other farms, which manages 2,500 hectares for its clients.

Charles was the founding chairman of the Joint Venture Farming Group and a past chairman of both the NFU and NFU Mutual Regional Boards. He served on the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Board until March 2016 and is a trustee of the National Land Based College.

James Chapman MBE

James Chapman is an ex-Chair of NFYFC, Nuffield Scholar and has been a very committed supporter of the Farm Safety Foundation since its formation in 2014. James was only twenty three years old when he suffered a life changing farm accident.  James was brought up on the small family farm in Warwickshire and earned a national diploma in agriculture at Moreton Morrell Agricultural College before setting up his own contracting business working on all aspects of farming for employers in the surrounding area.


Despite the difficulties he experienced, James has become an avid supporter of the issue, having been awarded the Farmers Weekly ‘Farming Champion’ in 2011 followed by an MBE for services to farm safety and was one of the first Farm Safety Ambassadors for the Foundation. In 2016 James published a report on ‘How Farm Safety Can Be Improved’ as part of his Nuffield Scholarship which involved visiting other countries in an attempt to get some understanding of the global issue of farm safety.


The Farm Safety Foundation is a small but committed charity dealing with education, fundraising, communications and administration.  We are based at NFU Mutual’s head office in Stratford-upon-Avon but cover the whole of the UK.

Stephanie Berkeley – Manager

Hailing from Donegal in Ireland, Stephanie’s friends were either farmers or fishermen; equally dangerous industries. After studying European Business Studies and spending time living and studying in Asturias and Barcelona, Stephanie began a career in journalism at Belfast’s Newsletter, working in the business section of the newspaper before joining publishing house Greer Publications with Ulster Business magazine as North West Correspondent.

After various roles in the Greer Publications group with Specify magazine and Ulster Business, Stephanie was appointed Editor of the award-winning Northern Woman magazine as well as editing the lifestyle section of Ulster Business.

From 1995-2014 she was Marketing Manager for W5, Ireland’s only science centre and a charity with educational aims before her move, in 2014, to Stratford-upon-Avon.

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