|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 (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.
|Les Collins (Finance Director) |
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 with Thomson McLintock. Has held senior positions with a number of retailers including Allders Department Stores, furniture retailer Gillow, Jaeger and Warner Bros Studio Stores between 1986 and 2000. Finance Director and Company Secretary at Fortnum & Mason plc between 2000 and 2006 and joined Countrywide Farmers in November 2006.
|Sir Ben Gill |
Qualified with a degree in Agriculture from Cambridge and worked in Uganda before commencing farming in 1978. Currently Managing Director of Hawk Creative Business Park Ltd and Hawkhills Consultancy Limited. Senior partner in WN Gill & Son, Chairman of English Apples & Pears Ltd, Eden Research plc, Meritas Developments Limited and Visit Herefordshire Ltd. A member of the Marches LEP Board, Trustee of John Innes foundation and director of Norwich Research Partners LLP. Involved in NFU from early 1980’s, culminating in the National Presidency from 1998 to 2004. In 2005 chaired the Government’s Biomass Task Force to improve uptake of Biomass as a renewable energy source. Chairman of the Nominations Committee.
|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 Audit Committee.
|John 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 a Non-Executive Director of United Oilseeds Limited and NFU Mutual where he is Chair of the Audit Committee.
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. 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.