The Team

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. Ian has recently achieved a BASIS certificate in Sustainable Land Management.

Charles Twinberrow

Charles Twinberrow

Trainee Farm Manager

Charles joined the team in Spring 2020 as a placement student from Harper Adams University, where he studied Agriculture. Charles stepped up to lead the spraying operations and since summer 2021, he has taken on the role of Head of Harvest. Since finishing his degree, Charles has returned to Brixworth Farming as trainee farm manager. In May 2023, he gained his FACTS qualification.

Richard Nobby Stiles

Richard Nobby 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 has the great responsibility of ensuring all farm operations take place in an efficient and timely way. He gained a basis qualification in 2021.

Mark Jelley

Mark Jelley

Arable Operator

Mark joined us in Autumn 2021 as lead sprayer operator. This role involves maintaining accurate stock records while working with our agronomists. He has over 40 years’ experience operating crop sprayers of all sizes. Mark has his BASIS qualification and in 2023, he won Syngenta’s Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year award.

Julie Blason

Julie Blason

Accounts Manager

Julie is another long-standing member of Brixworth farming who joined 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.

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 bookkeeping and accounts administration, inputting data for benchmarking programs, and general office duties. Sarah also works closely with everyone within the business by being a call or message away should any information from her department be needed, providing along with Julie, well organised documentation of all necessary farm data.

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.