Brixworth Farming Board of Directors

Hugh Baker

Hugh Baker

Non-Executive Chairman

Hugh is our independent Chairman. His role is to uphold good governance and make sure that the business is relevant and fit to deliver the correct service to its members. He is a Rural practice Surveyor based in South Lincolnshire with over 25 years of experience dealing with a range of larger and more complex Agri-Food entities, a number of Estates and numerous farmer controlled businesses. His input is typically delivered as Trustee, Non-Exec Chair/Director, mentor, ‘critical friend’ or consultancy via his practice, Hub Rural Ltd.

Ian Matts

Ian Matts

Managing 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 in April 2019 took over the role of Managing Director from Charles. He is responsible for managing the business and its relationship with clients. 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.

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 provides valuable support to the operations team at busy times.

Charles Matts

Charles Matts

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. 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 was a finalist in the 2015 Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year Award.

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.