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 Non-Executive Director of Michelmores LLP and C&J Clark Limited. Owns a small farm in mid-Devon near Tiverton.


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.


 Stuart Crebo photograph
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 ElliotJohn Elliot 

Qualified as an accountant before joining the family farming business.  Has experience of running a range of farming businesses and now manages estates from 320 to 4,000 acres, including livestock, arable and a commercial shoot. Currently the Chairman of United Oilseeds Limited and 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 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. 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.