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VCA Members

William Archer
BSc MBPR FACTS

Associate Member

Skills:
Spinach, leaf lettuce, leafy brassica, speciality and baby leaves, salad onions and leeks
Baby Leaf Growers Association - Secretary & current Chairman
Sedum blanket for green roofs and shear stress turf producer.

Member Details

Address:
Halfpenny Horn, Beckford Road
Ashton under Hill
Evesham
Worcs.
WR11 7SU

Telephone:
01386 881756
Mobile:
07853 957993
Fax:
01386 881756

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
Fax:
01205 722995

Mike Daly

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

Geoff Dixon, Prof

Associate Member

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
Fax:
01935 812010

Phillip Effingham

Association Chairman

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:

Richard Binks Dr.

Associate Member

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:
8 Ridgeway
Southwell
Nottinghamshire
NG25 0DU

Telephone:
01636 922354

Mobile:
07770 541355

Peter Hingley

Associate Member

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

Robert Jacobson

Skills:
Integrated Pest Management in all horticultural crops but specialising in protected edibles and ornamentals.  Includes consultancy (trouble shooting & strategic planning), R & D, staff training and lecturing.  Experience throughout Europe and North America

Member Details

Address:
5 Milnthorpe
Bramham
WETHERBY
West Yorkshire
LS23 6TH

Telephone:
07752 874162

Peter Knight

Associate Member

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

Jim Lewis

Skills:
Vegetable & salad seed production. Soil and crop nutrition, all crops but particularly salads potatoes.  BASIS / FACTS trainer any subject related to soil and crop nutrition, soil and crop nutrition, soil and water, Preparation of management plans for soil, nutrient and manure.

Languages: Basic French

Member Details

Address:
Highgrove House
12 Casebrook Drive
Fulstow
LOUTH
Lincolnshire
LN11 0XR

Telephone:
01507 363698

Mobile:
07831 120363

Andrew J. Macdonald

Associate Member

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: Basic French

Member Details

Address:
Courts Farm Cottage,
Oeborne Lane,
FERNHURST
West Sussex
GU27 3JF

Telephone:
07748 187364

Robert J. Meakin

Skills:
Lettuce, celery, oriental Brassica, herbs, spinach. COSHH Quality Assurance.

Languages: French, Basic German

Member Details

Robert Meakin

Address:
Three Gables,
Middle Street,
SWINTON
Yorks.
YO17 6SR

Telephone:
01653 695399
Mobile:
07768 316312

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
Block 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
Fax:
01205 722995

Fred Tyler

Skills:
Specialist Vegetable Consultant.
Agronomy, Pest and Disease forecasting. ICMS, Litigation Training.

Member Details

Fred Tyler

Address:
Tarnside Dimples Lane
Barnacre Garstang
PRESTON
Lancashire
PR3 1UA

Telephone:
01995 602271
Mobile:
07734 822912
Fax:
01995 601933

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

New Member

Skills:
Professional Profile:
• Agronomist and Technical Manager, a member of the BASIS professional register for 31 years.
• Until recently worked for a global brand as the technical lead in UK commercial procurement division.
• A role as a DEFRA appointed independent member of PRiF (Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food).
• Previously worked for major retailers in product technology, working on improving customer experience from fresh produce.
• Prior to this, spent 20 years providing agronomic advice on vegetables and potatoes.
• Respected track record for mentoring MDS post-graduate students and team leadership.
• A serving BASIS examiner (for the last 13 years).

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

New Member

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:
Ballsgate Cottage
Wigmore,
LEOMINSTER.
HR6 9UT

Telephone:
07792 364661

Andrew Poole
NDH MBPR FACTS

New Member

Skills:
• Vegetable and salad crop walking and agronomy.
• Protected and outdoor vegetable and salads including baby leaf varieties.
• Soil sampling
• Product and water sampling
• Audits and compliance procedures

Member Details

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

Telephone:
01206 255057
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

Andrew Poole
NDH MBPR FACTS

New Member

Skills:
• Vegetable and salad crop walking and agronomy.
• Protected and outdoor vegetable and salads including baby leaf varieties.
• Soil sampling
• Product and water sampling
• Audits and compliance procedures

Member Details

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

Telephone:
01206 255057
Mobile: 07917 680940

Roger Bloom
HND Agriculture MBPR FACTS

Agrifresh Solutions Ltd.

Skills:
• Legumes, Asparagus, Spring onion agronomy
• Hygiene
• Auditing - BRC / RTFA / Business Management
• Budgeting
• Overseas expertise in Egypt, Mexico, Central America, Africa and China

Member Details

Address:
57 St Laurence Way
BIDFORD ALCESTER, Rural Meadow,
Warwickshire.
B50 4FG

Telephone:
01789 490205
Mobile: 07542 941662

Recently Retired Members

Colin Bloomfield
Dip Hort NDH MBPR MRPPA - Retired

Skills:
Protected crops, glasshouse salads, ornamentals, nursery stock, bedding plants COSHH Quality Assurance BASIS Tutor Experience in Caribbean and Nigeria.

Languages: Basic French

Member Details

Address:
9 Orchard Way
BARNHAM
West Sussex
PO22 0HP

Telephone:
01243 554324

Mobile:
07747 013976

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

Derek Hargreaves

Retired

Skills:
Glasshouse crops specialist. Protected cucumber, tomato and aubergine.

Member Details

Derek  Hargreaves

Address:
111 Copandale Road
Molescroft
BEVERLEY
East Yorkshire
HU17 7BN

Telephone:
01482 861373
Mobile:
07850 547885
Fax:
01482 870436

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