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Malcolm Stansfield MBE

Date Published: 06/07/2021


On behalf of John Stansfield, Malcolm Stansfield's son, you are welcome to attend the burial at Sonning of Malcolm on July 19th at 12.30pm at St Andrews, Sonning. 

Whilst the family are increasingly confident that there will be no limit on numbers, please can you still let John know if you would like to attend by emailing djstansfield@hotmail.com



On behalf of Berenice Stansfield please see the following details of Malcolm Stansfield’s funeral arrangements below. If you would like to attend can you let me know as whilst the government restrictions on numbers attending funerals have been removed attendance is based on the venues capacity to provide social distancing.

Location - Cirencester Parish Church (Parish Church of St John Baptist, 5 Market Place GL7 2NX)

Time - 2.30pm

Date - Thursday 1st July 2021

Reception following - Will take place following the service at the RAU, Stroud Road GL7 6JS

Video Link to the Funeral - Not available in this church.

Book of condolences: this is being complied by Richard Cooksley.  If you have already sent a message, this has already been added but if you would like to send a message please email Richard at honsecretary@ifmaonline.org as soon as possible.

Flowers - No flowers

Donations - If you wish to make a donation in memory of Malcolm these can be made to FCN or RABI


Professor Malcolm Stansfield MBE, BSc, Dip.Agric, FIAgrM, FIMgt, FRAgS, FRASE, Princess Royal Award, Churchill Scholar sadly passed away 10.00pm Saturday 19th June 2021.

Professor John Malcolm Stansfield or Malcolm as he was known was a great supporter of the Institute and will be sadly missed.

He had a very long and distinguished career and life within Agriculture being Chairman of the Institute in 1969 to 1971 and later recieving the Farm Management Award in 1986.

Malcolm was born and raised near Barnoldswick (‘Barlick’ to locals), Son of a Master Butcher, his grandparents farmed at nearby Copy Nook Farm in Bowland. When he was born, Barnoldswick was within the West Riding of Yorkshire –a Yorkshireman “from God’s own County” – although since 1974 the residents of the town reluctantly pay their council taxes to Lancashire! Commitment to practical farming combined with suitable prowess at school secured Malcolm a place in 1953 to study agriculture at the University of Leeds. A postgraduate diploma in agriculture brought him to study at Reading where he became a Senior Lecturer in Farm Management combined with the Director of the University’s farms. Malcolm retired after 42 years as the longest-serving member of the University of Reading’s academic staff.

When Director of the University of Reading Farm Management Unit within the Agriculture Faculty, Malcolm with others founded the International Farm Management Association (IFMA) which held its first biennial congress in 1971. Elected President in 1991, Malcolm retired at the 16th Congress in Cork in 2007 and took on the role as a patron.

Malcolm’s skills as a communicator combined with his academic and practical knowledge have been well recognized in the farming industry. He served as Chief Agricultural Advisor to the Royal Agricultural Society of England for several years.

A Winston Churchill Scholar, he studied the management of large- scale dairying in North America and was a recipient of the Princess Royal Award for his services to the UK dairy industry. He lectured widely, been consultant in numerous countries and was a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Agriculture Select Committee. He was an author of many management and husbandry papers and in his inimitable style presented a series of agricultural video programmes – widely used in teaching establishments.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2003 Malcolm was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his services to agriculture and to the community in Reading.

Malcolm was awarded the post of Hon. Visiting Professor by The Royal Agricultural College in autumn 2007.

Over the years, Malcolm Stansfield gave a host of talks to farming, rural and general public audiences and was for several years a trustee of FCN – then Farm Crisis Network now known as the Farming Community Network.

An active member of Rotary International for years he was twice awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship of that organisation.

Malcolm’s first wife Mary died in December 2004 after a long illness. He has 3 married children and 6 grandchildren. Malcolm married Berenice in June 2010 and they lived in Cirencester where he was active in Probus and at the parish Church of St John.

He maintained an active interest in the many organisations he was associated with right to the end and will be sadly missed.