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VCA Members

David E. O'Connor
Allium & Brassica Centre, LTD

Skills:
Consultancy, trials and development for onion and Brassica crops. Store design and construction including all aspects of heating, cooling, ventilation and control.

Member Details

David o'Connor

Address:
Wash Road
Kirton
Boston
Lincolnshire
PE20 1QQ

Telephone:
01205 723414
Mobile:
07889 360133

Geoff Dixon, Prof

 

Skills:
Brassica Crops and Disease in Vegetables,particulary soil borne pathogens.
Business and organisation management. Conservation, biotechnology & molecular modification, nutrition. Expert witness. Overseas expertise in Asia, Europe, N. America, N. Africa (especially Egypt)

Languages: French

Member Details

Geoff Dixon

Address:
Hill Rising
Horsecastles Lane
SHERBORNE
Dorset
DT9 6BH

Telephone:
01935 812010
Mobile:
07774 628641

Richard Binks Dr.

 

Skills:
Strategic technical consultancy to global food business. Leafy salads, tomatoes, sweet pepper, roots, Alliums, Brassicas, mango, pineapple, legumes. Project management, Pesticide stewardship and management, BRC, HACCP, Traceability systems, Auditing food businesses, Quality management systems, Environmental stewardship. Integrated crop management.

Languages: Bi-lingual Spanish

Member Details

Address:
FreshTec Agricultural Consultancy Ltd
49A Stokes Drive
Godmanchester
Huntingdon
Cambs.
PE29 2UW

Telephone:
01480 456976

Mobile:
07881 206963

Howard Hinds

Skills:
Potatoes, carrots, parsnips Decision support systems. Experience UK, Portugal and Spain

Languages: Basic Spanish and French

Member Details

Address:
The Cottage,
Oxton Hill Farm,
Oxton Hill,
Southwell,
Notts.
NG25 0RB

Mobile:
07770 541355

Peter Hingley

 

Skills:
Agrochemicals, Post harvest esp.potatoes, Business management, Hygiene.

Languages: Spanish, Basic Italian and French

Member Details

Address:
Lyminster Nursery, Lyminster Road
Lyminster
LITTLEHAMPTON
West Sussex
BN17 7QF

Telephone:
01903 885491

Mobile:
07810 070705

Peter Knight

 

Skills:
Lettuce, Asparagus, herbs, spinach, spring onion & radish.

Business Management, team development

Member Details

Peter Knight

Address:
Holly Cottage
24 Cassbrook Lane
Martham, Gt YARMOUTH
Norfolk
NR29 4PZ

Telephone:
01493 748626

Mobile:
07788 927277

Andrew J. Macdonald

Chairman

Skills:
Leafy salads, herbs, field veg, cut flowers, wild flower field margins & seed production. Experienced in crop production in the UK, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Kenya, Peru & Ireland

Languages: Basic French

Member Details

Address:
Speciality Crop Consulting Ltd
4a Kerry Terrace
Summerside
Buckland
Oxfordshire
SN7 8QZ

Telephone:
07748 187364

Mobile:
07748 187364

David A. Norman
Fresh Produce Consultancy Ltd.

Skills:
Crop Agronomy - all aspects of Alliums & Salads. Lettuce, celery, onions, leeks, speciality salads.
Precision Agronomy - GPS soil sampling and mapping, variable rate technology, all field crops.
Irrigation Scheduling - Schedulting services for all field crops.
Research - Pesticide and nutrition field trials
Training - FACTS, BASIS

Member Details

David Norman

Address:
Precision Agronomy
1 Lakeside
Black Fen Farm
Mepal, Ely, Cambs
CB6 2AY

Telephone:
07774 777116

Andy S. Richardson

 

Skills:
All aspects of onion and brassica crops.
Store design and construction
BASIS tutor.

Languages: Basic French

Member Details

Andy Richardson

Address:
Allium & Brassica Centre, LTD
Wash Road, Kirton
BOSTON,
Lincs
PE20 1QQ

Telephone:
01205 723414
Mobile:
07860 558143

Thomas G. Will
Vegetable Consultancy Services Ltd.

Skills:
Bulb onions, parsnips, carrots (standard and baby), leeks, leaf / root brassicas (standard and baby).
Minor interests: beetroot, sweetcorn, dwarf beans.
Operates in UK, Spain and Middle East

Languages: Basic French, Swahili, Spanish

Member Details

Address:
The Coach House, Welbeck House
Welbeck
BROOKE
Norfolk
NR15 1AT

Telephone:
01508 550412
Mobile:
07774 997415
Fax:
01508 550926

Debbie Winstanley
B.Sc. MBPR FACTS ARAgS

Skills:
Professional Profile:
• Agronomist and Technical Manager, BASIS and FACTS.
• Potatoes, Vegetables, Salads and Growing Strategies.
• Skilled in managing supply chain challenges and pesticide residues issues.
• Respected Mentor.

Member Details

Debbie Winstanley

Address:
The Cottage,
The Old Mill,
Maesbrook,
OSWESTRY
Salops. SY10 8QD

Telephone:
01691 831946
Mobile:
07885 432532

Claire Donkin
B.Sc. M. Phil. Soil Science

Skills:
• Asparagus - technical management and agronomy
• Container grown herbs - management and technical advice
• Stone fruit - agronomy co-ordination & technical management
• Composting/growing media
• HACCP
• Trial design
• Auditing
• UK, USA and Northern Europe

Member Details

Address:
Crown Cottage
Aymestrey.
HR6 9ST

Telephone:
07792 364661

Andrew Poole
NDH MBPR FACTS

Skills:
• Agronomy and technical consultancy services.
• 25 years experience in the production of field and protected grown vegetables and leafy salads.
• Basis member for 14 years.
• Crops covered include:
• Leafy Salads - Outdoor & Protected.
• Baby Leaf Crops - Outdoor & Protected.
• Hydroponic Leafy Salad Production.

Member Details

Address:
Rural Meadow
Great Bentley Road,
Frating,
COLCHESTER,
Essex.
CO7 7HW

Mobile: 07917 680940

Peter Waldock
B.Sc. MBPR FACTS

Growing Earth Consultancy Ltd

Skills:
Provides a range of technical and agronomy consultancy services.
• Over 15 years experience growing field vegetables and in the supply of multiple retailers.
• Good all round Horticultural / Agricultural knowledge covering protected cropping, cut flowers and fruit.
• Experienced in both UK and overseas production and in solving problems on the ground to deliver the crop to the customer specification.
• Holds the Diploma in Agronomy, Basis and Facts scheme member.
• Excellent industry contacts which allow commercial opportunities to be developed.
• Understand and experienced in current retailer commercial and technical requirements.
• Technically qualified but also very commercially experienced.
• Represents Industry on several grower boards.

Member Details

Address:
34 Manor End
UCKFIELD,
East Sussex.
TN22 1DN

Mobile: 07411 769123

Liz Johnson

 

Skills:

Member Details

Address:
34 Brimstone Drive,
Ely,
Cambs,
CB7 4ZB

Telephone:

Mobile::
07503 727428

Selchuk Kurtev

Zest® – Sustainable ICM

New Member

Skills:
• Crop protection and crop production
• Bioprotection and sustainability advocate
• Specialist vegetables and organic production
• Product development and market insights
• Soft fruit and ornamentals management and technical advice/support
• Container grown stock production and hydroponics

Languages: English, Bulgarian and basic Turkish and basic Lithuanian

Member Details

Address:
St. John’s Way,
Feltwell,
Thetford,
Norfolk
IP26 4AX

Telephone:
+44 (0)7518109897

Simon Jackson

New Member

Skills:
Coming Soon

Member Details

Address:

Telephone:

E-mail:

Colin Noble

New Member

Skills:
• Conventional and Organic consultancy: Carrot, Parsnip, Onion, Lettuce and brassicas.
• Fresh produce business management
• Remote data collection, weather data and soil moisture Management
• Decision support systems
• Experience: UK, Ireland and Portugal

Member Details

Address:
C & D Noble Ltd.,
Willow Bank Farm,
Fersfield,
Diss,
Norfolk
IP22 2BW

Telephone:
07774 220925

James Rimmer

New Member

Skills:
• Comprehensive, conventional and organic, agronomy advice for onions, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, salads, brassicas, grass seed and all combinable crops.
• Advice on regenerative systems and rotations.

Member Details

Address:
Thornburys
Hall Lane
East Tuddenham
Norfolk
NR20 3GX

Telephone:
07974 777319

James Miles

New Member

Skills:
• All aspects of onion and shallot seed production, storage, quality and sale
• Trials and basic breeding for onion
• Variety development
• International seed logistics

Member Details

Address:
Allium Seeds UK Ltd
Allium & Brassica Centre
Wash Road
Kirton
BOSTON
Lincs
PE20 1QQ

Telephone:
+44 (0) 7487636081

Angela Huckle MBPR FACTS

New Member

Skills:
• Weed control in field vegetable crops
• Research - Trial design and management of crop nutrition, pesticide and agronomy trials
• Agronomy and consultancy - outdoor field vegetables – Brassicas, onions, carrots, parsnips, cucurbits, sweetcorn.
• FACTS, BASIS

Member Details

Address:
Chaucer Drive
Biggleswade
Bedfordshire
SG18 8QG

Telephone:
07387 227554

Ed Pissarro

New Member

Skills:
• All aspects of Onion production & agronomy
• Onion storage
• Supply chain compliance & technical

Member Details

Address:
PG Rix (Farms) Ltd.,
Lodge Farm,
Boxted Rd,
Great Horkesley,
Colchester,
CO6 4AP

Telephone:
01206 271309

Mobile::
07980 932832

Retired Members - Include

Graham Collier Dr.

Associate Member - Retired

Skills:
Minimising potential waste by adding value to surplus primary foods. Enhancing Food S & other technical competences within the Supply Chain - BRC, SALSA, Organic Certification & HACCP. Creating & developing alternative & innovative Supply Chains. Engaging with Public Sector Food Procurement agencies & Producers to exploit opportunities to supply. Evaluation of post-harvest operations for business improvement. Group facilitation to foster collaboration & co-operation.

Languages: French and Spanish

Member Details

Address:
Fraser Associates UK Ltd.
The Farthings
Lower Tysoe
WARWICK
CV35 0BN

Telephone:
01295 680127

Mobile:
07889 360133

Ian M. Gillott

Retired

Skills:
All outdoor vegetables - brassicas, salad onions, Iceberg and specialty lettuce, spinach, radish and leeks.

Weed, pest and disease identification.

Member Details

Address:
26 Sandhurst Road
WOKINGHAM
Berkshire
RG40 3JD

Telephone:
01189 892649
Mobile:
07860 241460
Fax:
01189 891694

A.Gwyn Roberts

Retired

Skills:
NFT & rockwool production of specialty tomatoes in UK, Italy & Sicily. Herbs, salads & vegetable crops under protection.
Processing salads outdoor.
Pesticide use and monitoring including residue testing.

Languages: Welsh

Member Details

Address:
Rosegarth
Ffordd Trallwyn
Graig, Glan Conwy
COLWYN BAY
LL28 5TL

Telephone:
01492 584828

Mobile:
07768 095841

Phillip Effingham

Retired

Skills:
Brassicas, curcubits, antichokes
Brassica chain issues. Pesticide magement for retail, NPD techniques, BRC Audits, Value chain management. Brassica production issues. New product development.

Languages: Basic German, Spanish & Italian

Member Details

Phillip Effingham

Address:

Telephone:

Mobile:

Mike Daly

Retired

Skills:
Use of fertilisers and growing media in the horticultural, agricultural and amenity sectors, including development of new products.

Trials and development. Training and Marketing

Member Details

Address:
The Agrology House
7 Roselea Avenue
Welton
Lincoln
LN2 3RT

Telephone:
01673 861005

Mobile:
07984 346010