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Stakeholder Group

The Agri-TechE Stakeholder Group unites professionals from across the agri-tech industry to ensure our vision, activities, and events align with community needs.

Our current Stakeholder Group

 

Members of the Agri-TechE Stakeholder Group are invited from across the ecosystem to represent the interests of the different elements of our diverse community. They help us appreciate the drivers and challenges facing farming and research, as well as investment, funding, retail and supply chain, as well as other membership organisations. Close interactions with our Stakeholder Group ensure our vision, activities and events are right at the heart of our member needs.

 


 

John Barrett, Sentry

John Barrett

Director, Sentry Ltd

John Barrett is the Business Manager for Sentry Norfolk and became a director of Sentry Ltd in 2016.

John graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1996 with a 2:1 degree in Farm Business Management.  He joined Sentry as a Trainee Farm Manager on farms in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire before spending three years as Assistant Manager at Sentry Dorset.

He took on a management role at Ditchingham Farms when the estate moved away from in-house farming to contract farming and the transition proved a very successful one. This business has grown to 3,600 acres, and John manages nine farms with a team of four full time employees.

He is BASIS, BETA and FACTS qualified.

Jonathan Clarke, JIC

Dr Jonathan Clarke

Head of Business Development, John Innes Centre

Dr Jonathan Clarke was appointed to his current role as Head of Business Development for the John Innes Centre in 2009. JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology.

Jon  joined JIC in 1985 after completing his BSc. He studied for his PhD with Dr Caroline Dean at the John Innes Centre, identifying the genes underlying natural variation in flowering time and the vernalisation response in the model Crucifer Arabidopsis. In 1996 he returned to the John Innes Centre to continue his research and in 2002 he became the CSO of the JIC Genome Laboratory (JGL), now the Earlham Institute.

In response to the increasing emphasis placed by the Government on creating economic and societal impact from scientific research, Jon established the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation activities for JIC. He plays an active role in developing innovation and spin-outs from JIC research and the interface between JIC science and industry.

Ruth Bailey

Ruth Bailey

Director General and Chief Executive Officer, AEA
William Kendall

William Kendall

Organic farmer, investor and entrepreneur

William is an organic and conventional farmer in the East of England. He is an entrepreneur who works with early-stage businesses, mainly in the food and drinks sectors, and led the teams behind New Covent Garden Soup Company, Green & Black’s chocolate and Cawston Press juice brands. He’s a Trustee of the Grosvenor and the Gascoyne Cecil estates which both have extensive farming interests. He is a director of Samworth Brothers which is one of the largest manufacturers of prepared food for the UK supermarkets, and of Keystone Positive Change Investment Trust which is a UK-listed impact investment fund. At Grosvenor he is a founder director of Grosvenor Food & Agtech which has invested in over 30 future food technologies around the world.

He is a director/advisor to many bodies involved in food, farming, nature conservation and rural affairs including: President of The Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Vice-President of The Country Trust, Member of The UK Agricultural Forum, Client Earth, Agri-tech-e and trustee of The John Innes Institute Centre of plant science.

Calum Murray

Calum Murray

Head of Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK

Calum is currently Head of Agriculture and Food at Innovate UK. He has led substantial publicly funded programmes for applied research across the AgriFood sector. Calum’s career spans technical and business consultancy as well as agricultural banking. He currently sits on several strategic groups including Defra’s external R&D panel, the Agricultural Productivity Task Force, the Agri-TechE Stakeholder Panel, the AHDB Sustainability Strategy Steering Group and the LEAF Network Advisory Board.

Claire Ruskin

Claire Ruskin

Executive Director, Cambridge Network

The Cambridge Network is a membership organisation of high technology companies, which has played a key role in developing and facilitating the growth of the Cambridge cluster, an environment that encourages leading-edge research and high growth companies.

Claire is also a partner at PA Consulting Group, successfully delivering ambitious product development projects for clients around the world. Claire helped form several start-ups including CSR and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Senior Director for Sustainability, Asda

Chris graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor with a BSc in Agriculture followed with doctoral research into breeding beef cattle. He then worked within ADAS on dairy farming before moving to the Meat and Livestock Commission as Beef Strategy Manager.  Chris then joined Marks and Spencer as an Agriculture Technologist before being appointed Agriculture Development Manager for ASDA.  His current role includes agricultural development as well as wider sustainability issues for Asda.

James Green

James Green

Group Director of Agriculture, G's

James was appointed in 2019 as Group Director of Agriculture at G’s, one of Europe’s leading international salad and vegetable producers. Energised by the opportunity to make a real difference as we enter, what he believes is, a golden age of agriculture.  Dedicated to further developing regenerative, effective farming practices and utilising industry 4.0 techniques; 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.

As a seasoned finance professional with extensive experience in the agricultural industry I am interested in quantifying the value we add to each bottom line; profit, planet and people. Prior to this appointment James was most recently the Group CFO at G’s (5 yrs) and before that the UK Commercial Finance Director (9 yrs).

Since graduating from Nottingham University, in agricultural science and German, James has worked as a Finance professional gaining his professional qualifications with Deloitte in both audit assurance and corporate finance.  During his career James has applied a commercial mentality to the finance function and played a key role in leading the strategic development of the business.

In his earlier career James has managed several European businesses, primarily in the broad acre agricultural commodity sector, leading multicultural teams as well as a dairy farming business in Germany and a cotton farming operation in Tanzania.

James is a fluent German speaker, family man, keen skier and novice sailor!

Jon Williams, BASF

Jon Williams

Public and Governmental Affairs Manager - Agricultural Solutions, UK and Ireland

Jon Williams has over 20 years plus experience in the agricultural sector, having worked in both technical and leadership roles, including 4 years with BASF Germany, successfully shaping the European technical landscape. In 2021 Jon returned to the UK as Public and Governmental Affairs for BASF Agriculture, working closely with Governments and stakeholders to ensure we have a sustainable and productive agricultural sector.

Robert Allen

Robert Allen

Principal Scientist - Agriculture, Natcap Research

Robert is a applied data scientist skilled in using agronomy to develop agricultural benchmarking and forecasting solutions. He uses the science of crop physiology as a framework to create robust on-farm and supply chain tools, using integrated commercial crop, experimental and environmental data sources. Robert also has practical experience of managing small-plot and field scale trials programs. He is a Nuffield Farming Scholar who visited Australia, Canada, USA and Russia studying how agricultural businesses can benefit from adoption of data technologies. Robert obtained his PhD in Palaeoglaciology and Palaeoclimatology from the University of Bristol.