Brixworth Farming is led by an experienced board of directors who work part time in the business, and the company is headed by an independent chairman. We have a small operations team who are supported by an agronomist and our finance and administration team.


Brixworth Farming Board of Directors

Lindsay Hargreaves

Lindsay Hargreaves

Non-Executive Chairman

Lindsay is our Independent Chairman. His role is to challenge Management and to ensure good governance of the business. He graduated from Wye College, University of London and has over 30 years experience of practical farming, working with a wide range of crops and livestock and has always taken an innovative approach to business structure and development. He has recently taken on the role of Managing Director for Frederick Hiam Ltd., a family farming business in East Anglia. He received an Award in Business and Leadership, from the School of Management, Cranfield University, in 2010. He was awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Agricultural Management in 2008 and made a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies in 2013.

Hugh Lowther

Hugh Lowther

Non-Executive Shareholder Director

Hugh Lowther is the third generation of the Lowther family to own and manage the 1250-acre farm in Guilsborough. Hugh learnt to farm at the Northamptonshire and Leicestershire College of Agriculture and has diversified the farm to include arable and sheep farming, as well as a pet crematorium, point to point course, fishing pond, rented cottages and a solar farm. He joined Brixworth Farming in 2001.

Alastair Macdonald-Buchanan

Alastair Macdonald-Buchanan

Non-Executive Shareholder Director

Alastair Macdonald-Buchanan owns the Cottesbrooke Estate in Northamptonshire. A traditional estate, which not only has a significant property  portfolio, but also around 1000 hectares of arable land, as well as grassland and woodland. At its heart is Cottesbrooke Hall, a grade 1 listed Queen Anne house. Alastair is a founder shareholder of  Agrivert, a leading renewables business focussing on anaerobic digestion. Founded in 1995, Agrivert now has digesters throughout the South of England and Wales. He is a director of The Jockey Club Estates, The Jockey Club’s property and land management arm based in Newmarket, responsible for more than 5000 acres of land including the training grounds at Newmarket and Lambourn and a substantial property portfolio. He lives at Cottesbrooke with his wife Sheran and his four children.

Charles Matts

Charles Matts

Managing Director

Charles gained a BSc in agriculture at Reading University before returning to the family farm at Creaton, where he now farms in partnership with his brother John, son Ian and nephew George. He is a founding Director of Brixworth Farming and is responsible for managing the business and its relationship with clients. He is BASIS and FACTS qualified, a former member of AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds Board (formerly HGCA) and was founding chairman of the Joint Venture Farming Group aimed at helping others by benchmarking labour and machinery costs. He is a founding trustee of the Farm Safety Foundation and also of the National Land Based College. He is a  keen gardener and runner. He was a finalist in the 2015 Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year Award.

Tom Saunders

Tom Saunders

Director

Tom Saunders is a third generation tenant farmer, who farms at Manor Farm, Hanging Houghton and was a founder director of Brixworth Farming in 2000. He grew up with livestock farming, but now farms entirely arable. He’s always had an interest in mechanisation and mechanics, and was until 2015 Operations Manager for Brixworth Farming. Tom has stepped back from day-to-day management to persue other interests but still provides strategic support.

Richard Turney

Richard Turney

Director

Richard Turney was educated at Shuttleworth College of agriculture and was a founder director of Brixworth Farming in 2000. He farms at Park Farm in Brixworth in partnership with his wife Mo and son  Mark, who is now the fourth generation tenant. Farming 620 acres tenanted and share farming, mostly arable, Richard also has a 200-head dairy heifer rearing unit and various diversification enterprises, including a pre-school nursery school. Richard provides valuable support to the operations team at busy times.

Ian Matts

Ian Matts

Arable Director

After graduating with a BSc in Agriculture from Newcastle University, Ian joined Yara (UK) in 2005, where he held the post of Company Agronomist until June 2016. Ian was appointed to the Board as Arable Director in May 2016 and is responsible for delivering the arable farming. He is BASIS and FACTS certified and is keen to see best use of precision farming, combined with careful variety selection and input use to deliver optimum sustainable economic yields.


Brixworth Farming Operations Team

Richard Stiles

Richard Stiles

Arable Foreman

Richard (Nobby) gained a diploma in agriculture at Moulton College. He joined Brixworth Farming from founding shareholder W F Saunders & Partners in 2000 and has been an integral part of Brixworth Farming ever since. Promoted to Arable Foreman in 2017, Nobby is responsible for ensuring all operations take place in a timely way. He is married to Jennifer and has two young sons.

Tim Cleaver

Tim Cleaver

Arable Operator

Tim joined us last year for seasonal work whilst he was studying, as a mature student, at Moulton College, after a period of employment with Farmcare. He joined the team on a full-time basis in May 2017 as head sprayer operator, driving one of our two Bateman RB35 self propelled sprayers and managing the workload of both.

Barnaby Esse

Barnaby Esse

Arable Operator

Barnaby joined us for the harvest in summer 2017 after graduating from Harper Adams University. After harvest he was taken on on a full time basis as Arable Operator to cover the spraying and drilling operations. He is from a farming background in Norfolk and has a very keen interest in precision farming. In his spare time Barnaby enjoys playing hockey, shooting and skiing (during the quieter months…)

Jonathan Baxter

Jonathan Baxter

Arable Operator

Jonathan joined Brixworth Farming in spring 2018 from JAJ Sawbridge where he worked for 6 years. Jonathan’s role will be to lead the harvest team in the summer and fertiliser operations in the spring. Jonathan’s background is in gamekeeping and as a result his knowledge will useful for the ever increasing stewardship and game requirements of our customers. In his spare time he enjoys fishing (Game and Course), cycling, skiing & photography.

Mark Turney

Mark Turney

Operator (Part-Time)

Mark Turney farms at Park Farm, Brixworth in partnership with his father, Richard. After graduating from Harper Adams University, Mark worked in the construction industry and gained an additional qualification in carpentry before returning to the family farm. As well as providing hands-on operations support, Mark is second sprayer operator for Brixworth Farming. He is married with four children.


Agronomy

Ian Matts

Ian Matts

Arable Director

After graduating with a BSc in Agriculture from Newcastle University, Ian joined Yara (UK) in 2005, where he held the post of Company Agronomist until June 2016. Ian was appointed to the Board as Arable Director in May 2016 and is responsible for delivering the arable farming. He is BASIS and FACTS certified and is keen to see best use of precision farming, combined with careful variety selection and input use to deliver optimum sustainable economic yields.


Finance & Administration

Julie Blason

Julie Blason

Accounts Manager

Julie Blason joined Brixworth Farming in 2001 and is responsible for the company’s financial management, including sales/purchase ledger, payroll, VAT, monitoring of cash flow and budget. Julie prepares the annual accounts and finance reports for monthly meetings and is responsible for inputting and reconciliation of all crop records. In her free time, Julie enjoys  socialising with friends and is a season ticket holder at Northampton Saints Rugby Football Club.

Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris

Accounts Administrator (Part-Time)

Sarah Harris is a self employed bookkeeper providing part time assistance to Julie in managing the day-to-day book keeping and accounts administration, inputting data for The Joint Venture Farming group and AHDB’s CropBench plus benchmarking programs, and general office duties. Spare time is spent beside either a hockey or rugby pitch supporting her children’s chosen sports and walking her young dog Yogi, who can be found keeping a watchful eye on her from the car!


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Seasonal Support Staff

Seasonal Support Staff

Our small team of full time staff are supported throughout the year by directors and shareholders as necessary. During the busy periods, particularly from July to September/October, support is also drawn each year from neighbouring farmers, students and others. If you are interested in working for Brixworth Farming please get in touch.