Director Profiles

Nigel Hall
Nigel Hall (Chairman)

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 with Price Waterhouse before joining the Burton Group plc (subsequently Arcadia Group plc) in 1984. Was Group Finance Director from 1997 until 2003. Serves as Chairman of Michelmores LLP, Non-Executive Director of C&J Clark Limited and Exeter Rugby Group Limited and Govenor of Blundell's School, Tiverton. Owns a small farm in mid-Devon near Tiverton. Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

John Hardman
John Hardman (Chief Executive)

Joined West of England Farmers in 1985 and subsequently became Agri Director of WMF Limited in 1997. Holds a degree in Agriculture and an MBA. Following the formation of Countrywide Farmers in 1999 became Director of Agri Sales before becoming Deputy Managing Director in 2003 and Managing Director in June 2004. Serves as Trustee of both of the Company’s pension schemes. John serves as Non-Executive Director of Pilon Ltd, a building subcontractor operating in the UK private and commercial housing sector.

 Andrew Webb

Andrew Webb

Joined Countrywide in 2015 as Chief Commercial Officer. He holds a degree in Zoology and an MBA from Oxford. Andrew has held leadership positions with a variety of multi-channel retailers including Virgin, Carphone Warehouse, White Stuff and East. He’s also led the online sales operations for Game Digital and most recently Equifax, one of the UK’s credit bureaus. Andrew is a Governor of the Dragon School, Oxford.


Julie Wirth

Joined Countrywide as Chief Financial Officer in April 2015. Julie is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She has spent the majority of her career working within the retail sector, including a number of senior roles within Home Retail Group, Finance Director for Musgrave Retail Partners GB and CFO for Conviviality plc.

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Stuart Crebo

Has held a number of senior positions in Corporate Banking, both in the UK and USA. Currently a partner in Isca Ventures LLP, Non-Executive Director of Cornish Farm Dairy Ltd and Devon Waste Management Ltd. From 1996 to 2009 was Director of Ernst & Young specialising in advising on corporate finance mergers and acquisitions as well as assisting various enterprises develop their commercial strategy and generate value for shareholders. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

 John Elliot John Elliot 

Qualified as an accountant before joining the family farming business.  Has experience of running a range of farming businesses and now manages a number of Estates, including livestock, arable and a commercial shoot. Currently the Chairman of United Oilseeds Limited and Non-Executive Director of NFU Mutual where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee. John Elliot is also Chairman of the Audit Committee for Countrywide Farmers plc.

 Paul Freeston

Paul Freeston

Currently Chairman and CEO of Apetito UK, an award winning organization providing frozen food and catering solutions to Care Homes, Local Authorities and Hospitals as well as providing a frozen meal delivery service to the public via Wiltshire Farm Foods. Also President of Apetito Canada. Has over 25 years’ experience in the food and food manufacturing industry and is Vice President and Treasurer of the Food and Drink Federation.  Also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.