Malcolm Thomas MBE has stepped down as Chairman of R.A.B.I.
Malcolm, a farmer’s son from Carmarthen, has been a Trustee of R.A.B.I since 2011 and Chairman of the Council since 2015.
R.A.B.I trustees serve for a four-year term but can stand for re-election for a second term. The role of R.A.B.I Chairman is a three-year appointment. At the request of his fellow trustees, Malcolm agreed to extend his chairmanship to provide support to Alicia Chivers during her first year in post as R.A.B.I’s Chief Executive following her appointment in October 2018.
Having spent his career in the agricultural sector, including working for the Welsh Office, NFU England and Wales and NFU Cymru, Malcolm was awarded an MBE in 2012 in recognition of his services to agriculture. He is a life member of the Young Farmers Club.
He said: “I am hugely proud and privileged to have played a small part in helping to guide and develop R.A.B.I. Against a backdrop of exciting ongoing developments on issues like mental health provision and research, I am confident that the charity is well-placed to continue to grow and provide a leading role in supporting our sector in the undoubtedly challenging times that lie ahead. I have made some lifelong friendships and I shall look back on my involvement with R.A.B.I with great fondness and pride. I will continue to provide any help that I can.”
Paying tribute, Alicia said: “Malcolm’s dedication and commitment to R.A.B.I has been remarkable. He has devoted untold hours and travelled thousands of miles to represent and support the charity across the length and breadth of England and Wales.
“Malcolm has played a fundamental role in ensuring R.A.B.I is in the incredibly robust position from which we can build into the future and has played a pivotal role in shaping the foundations of our future strategy.
“On a personal level, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from his experience during my first year in post.
“Malcolm was always clear in his determination to put those we support first, and I shall endeavour to ensure we continue to place this principle at the centre of our work.
“I thank Malcolm for all he has achieved for and on behalf of our charity.”
Jeanette is in her second term as a trustee of R.A.B.I, having joined the Council in 2015. She has been an active member of the Governance, Compliance and Risk committee, applying her expertise in this area for the benefit of the charity. A former Young Farmer who qualified as a lawyer, Jeanette moved from commercial practice into education where she spent 25 years providing training and services to the agricultural sector.
She said: “R.A.B.I has an admirable history of serving the agricultural community. The challenge for us now is to meet the current and future needs of farming people who need us. I am honoured to be the incoming Chair of R.A.B.I and happy to be helping to lead this great organisation forwards.”