Our Directors

James Fisher
James Fisher farms 1400 acres of combinable crops, sugar beet and potatoes in the Trent Valley in Nottinghamshire. Working in partnership with his wife and the eldest of his two sons the business has diversified to include a successful equine business with livery yard and cross country course, let offices and grower and retailer of Christmas trees.James was educated at Harper Adams University and Seale Hayne and moved back to the family holding after gaining work experience on farms in both Lancashire and the United States of America. James has held positions on NFU sugar beet and potato committees, has been involved in local politics for the past 30 years and has been a member of Woldmarsh since the formation of the Bingham Group of members.James is married to Carole and has two grown up boys. A canoeist by summer and skier by winter James is a Leicester Tigers season ticket holder and captain of his local shoot.
Robert Howard
Robert has been running the family farm, EM Howard Ltd, for just over 12 years and is now responsible for the management of around 4,000 arable acres on the Lincolnshire Heath at Nocton. Cropping includes 200 acres of pre-pack potatoes grown for Branston Ltd for Tesco.Robert is a Trustee of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and a director of Branston Engineering Ltd. After graduating from Cambridge University, Robert spent 10 years working for financial institutions in London. He is married with 3 children.

Meet the Board Members

Philip Dunn
Philip lives at Elsham, North Lincolnshire, where his family have farmed for many years. Philip is an equity partner in Brown & Co, based in Brigg, providing business management advice to a large number of clients in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. This role involves a very wide ranging remit, focusing on the business and financial side of farming and other rural businesses.He has always been heavily involved in agriculture in the region, is a member of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants, past Chairman of North Lincolnshire NFU, Bishop Burton Farmers.Philip is aged 47, married to Sophie, who works for the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network. They have two sons, Ben (20) and Rob (18). He was educated locally and read Agricultural Science at Nottingham University, gaining an honours degree, specialising in management and computing. This was then followed by accountancy training with KPMG in Nottingham. In 1988 he returned to practical farming for 10 years in the family partnership, prior to joining Brown & Co in summer 1998.
Andrew Buckley
Andrew is farm director for Lockwood Estates Ltd based in Scampton near Lincoln including 5000 acres which is owned, contract farmed, partnership business, growing combinable crops, potatoes and sugar beet. Involved in all estate business, letting of properties and fish farming.Andrew has previously been involved with corporate farming since 1987 starting in Yorkshire, then Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Latterly he was regional manager covering 12000 acres in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Experienced in all different root, vegetable crops, farming arrangements and bulk purchasing of fertiliser.A Lincolnshire farmer’s son born and bred, married to Sarah, a Yorkshire farmer’s daughter from Thirsk, trained and works in animal nutrition and food law. They have a son and daughter. Andrew still actively plays rugby for Market Rasen, keen on country pursuits, skiing, sailing and tennis.
Harry Simmonds
Aged 58, married with two children. Studied music at the University of York where I met Julia my wife and business partner. We began farming in 1973 and bought our present holding in 1981, an all arable unit of 200ha, which we farm sharing machinery and labour with a neighbouring farmer (also a Woldmarsh member). A believer in cooperation as a means to strength. For relaxation a keen fisherman and member of the Ryedale Anglers’ Club. Interests include amateur music making and bird watching.
Robert Borrill
Robert is married with three children. He is a partner of A M Borrill & Son, a family farming business based in North Lincolnshire which is a 600ha poultry and arable farm growing combinable crops, sugarbeet and vining peas for Birds Eye, a contract duck grower for Cherry Valley Farms Ltd. (conventional and free range) and incorporates and extensive High Level Stewardship Scheme.Farm diversifications include contract potato and caravan storage, limestone quarry, property development and a local pub.Robert graduated from the Royal Agricultural College in 1990 and was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 1994 to study duck protection in China, Hong Kong, Thailand and the USA. He also attended the 53rdWorshipful Company of Farmers Course at Wye in 2003. Robert is a past chairman of The Forum for Sustainable Farming and currently sits on the HGCA British Cereals Export Committee as well as being Vice Chairman of the Ancholme Internal Drainage Board.His leisure time is spent with his family as well as shooting, skiing, tennis, and coaching juniors at the local rugby club.
Brian Whittle
Brian has a PhD in chemistry from Liverpool University, and has 30 years Board level experience in a range of businesses. He now works as a Non Executive Director and consultant. Prior to retiring from his executive career he was President of European Operations for Aviagen, the worlds largest supplier of poultry breeding stock. He is married to Sandy and has 2 grown up daughters and a step son. In his spare time he likes to play golf, play the guitar and enjoys keeping fit by running and swimming.

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