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About People New area manager for Yara having previously worked for Timac Agro UK, ADAS and Teagasc. In addition, she is in the process of completing her PhD, with a focus on strategies to limit greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions from animal housing and manure storage. “Nicola is a great addition to our team,” says Yara UK business manager, Solid and Foliar products Roger Brogden. “The feedback from our customers has been excellent so far. The plan is to continue building on that foundation and give farmers the best results possible.”

New talent for sprayer manufacturer Sprayer manufacturer Househam has appointed Daryl Dunn as area sales manager for Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire born and bred, Daryl has always worked in agriculture, was brought up on a farm in Wragby and has worked on farms from a young age. “More recently I’ve worked for an

agricultural trials company, testing crop protection products and monitoring crops and my last role was at an agricultural machinery dealership.” Robert Willey, managing director, says: “As we grow as a business, we continue to invest in the best talent to look after our valued customers. We’re delighted to have Daryl in the sales team and welcome his enthusiasm and valuable experience.”

Arable product manager for Certis UK Neil Beadle has been appointed Arable product manager for Certis UK. He has joined the company’s marketing team working alongside

other product managers and reporting to Nathan Whitehouse. According to Certis UK, Neil brings with him a wealth of experience in crop protection marketing in the UK having worked for ISK, DuPont and FMC.

Scotland sales manager Mhairi Robertson has been appointed as sales manager for Scotland for Omex Agriculture, replacing Gavin Inglis who recently retired. Mhairi is from a farming background and graduated from Edinburgh University in 1997 with a degree in agricultural science and is FACTS qualified. She has extensive experience working in food and farm related businesses

based in Scotland, including time as a trader with Allied Grain and in the wholesale solid and retail liquid fertiliser business with Yara. Prior to joining Omex Mhairi worked for Frontier Agriculture for five years as business development manager for Scotland, specialising in liquid fertiliser. “I am delighted to be part of the Omex team, particularly at this important time when growers are looking for help to evaluate whether a move to liquid fertiliser products may be right for them,” she said.


Bruce Masson, a director of MHA Larking Gowen’s long-established Farm and Landed Estates team, has become a partner at the 131-year-old accountancy firm. “We are delighted to announce this important appointment,” states MHA Larking Gowen managing partner, Jon Woolston. “Bruce joined the company in 2018 as director of our widely respected 46-strong Farm and Landed Estates team, bringing his invaluable perspective to this core part of our business. “MHA Larking Gowen’s Farm and Landed Estate team is the largest in East Anglia and one of the largest in the country,” Bruce Masson adds. “Our clients range from traditional family farms to large farming businesses and rural estates who collectively operate across more than 400,000 acres throughout East Anglia and beyond. “Many have been with us for generations and rely on us as trusted advisers. It is a privilege for me to guide clients and help them with all aspects of their farm accountancy

requirements, from asset management to succession planning. This is particularly important against a background of constant change in regulation, technology and land prices, as well as future uncertainty, for example in the area of subsidies.” Mr Masson has 20 years’ experience as a chartered accountant. He trained with Saffery Champness in London and Bristol, spending eight years with the firm before moving to Kingston Smith LLP to work in its entrepreneurial business department. In 2012, Bruce relocated to Suffolk to join another large accountancy firm as director in its Accounting and Business Advisory department, specialising in agriculture, estates and private clients. Based at MHA Larking Gowen’s Diss office, Norfolk, Bruce adds: “Becoming a partner demonstrates a long-term commitment to the industry and to the firm. In my new role, I look forward to contributing to the future direction of the business, which provides a welcoming, friendly work environment where there is a strong emphasis on employee wellbeing.”

New potato expert for East Anglia David Wilson has taken on the role of knowledge exchange manager (potatoes) for AHDB in East Anglia and the South East. He will work with growers on key initiatives. Having started out as a farm manager and then agronomist, David’s career has also included time at food manufacturer McCains. He

joins AHDB from Syngenta where he was area manager and potato specialist. David joins AHDB’s new arable knowledge exchange (KE) team, following the decision to combine the potatoes team with the cereals and oilseeds sector team. David will join Dr Bill Watts, who recently joined as KE Manager (potatoes) for the West Midlands, South West and Wales.

Pulses UK elects new president Lewis Cottey was elected president of Pulses UK (formerly BEPA) at the organisation’s Annual Meeting, with James Maguire stepping up as vicepresident. At the meeting, Mr Cottey paid tribute to the immediate pastpresident Franek Smith for his hard work on behalf of members over the past two years as BEPA has been

transformed, re-named and reenergised as Pulses UK. “This is a time of uncertainty – but we must see it as a time of challenges to be overcome.,” said Mr Cottey. “We are now in great shape to focus on giving our industry a secure future. “A key role for Pulses UK is to liaise with the UK Government as well as relevant national and international bodies to encourage the production and consumption of home-produced pulses. We will do this by promoting their value as healthy, high-protein, high-fibre and sustainable foods,” he said.

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Yara has announced the appointment of Nicola Rochford as area manager for the West Midlands and South Wales. Nicola’s role will involve bringing Yara’s extensive range of fertiliser products to farms in the West Midlands and South Wales, working with farmers to advise them how to make the most of their crops’ potential. Nicola has extensive experience and expertise in boosting fertiliser efficiency and crop nutrition,

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