The Agri-TechE Stakeholder Group is one of the ways that we ensure that our activities are member centric and create opportunities for organisations across the value-chain to increase their productivity and profitability. So we are delighted to announce that John Barrett of Sentry Limited has become the new Chair, bringing with him a wealth of muddy boots experience and knowledge of the industry.
John has managed the Ditchingham Farms estate, near Bungay in Norfolk, on behalf of Sentry since 2001 and has been an active member of the Agri-TechE cluster, including chairing the Emerging Agri-Tech session at REAP 2016 and joining the Stakeholder Group in 2017, and he has experienced first-hand the collaboration opportunities offered by Agri-TechE.
John says of his new appointment: “As a progressive organisation that empowers innovation, Agri-TechE has rightly received global recognition as a conduit of getting Technology from Laboratory to Field.
“Innovation can only flourish when accessible support is made readily available, and with continual changes in Government Policy, coupled with societal demand – now more than never – a change of field practice is needed to meet that demand. Improving business efficiencies across the industry will lead to a more sustainable industry.
“UK Agriculture offers endless forward-thinking initiatives and I hope in the future that Agri-TechE can continue broadening our members reach across as wide an audience as possible, creating the biggest impact.”
We are also pleased to welcome to the Stakeholder Group James Green, Director of Farming at G’s Fresh.
James was appointed in 2019 as Group Director of Agriculture at G’s, one of Europe’s leading international salad and vegetable producers, following five years as the Group CFO and nine as the Commercial Finance Director at G’s.
James says: “I am energised by the opportunity to make a real difference as we enter a golden age of agriculture, and I am dedicated to further developing regenerative, effective farming practices and utilising industry 4.0 techniques – such as big data and analytics, AI, robotics, controlled environment, biotech, block chain and driverless systems – to meet the universal challenge of feeding more people for less.”
See more about the Stakeholder Group here.