Our Staff

Stuart McKenzie - Chief Executive

Stuart qualified with a degree in Agriculture at Aberdeen University in 1981. He entered his managerial career with F.M.C., working throughout Scotland. In 1986, he moved to Lincolnshire working first with GW Padley Ltd before moving to Cherry Valley Farms Ltd, where he spent 20 years of his working life, managing complex processing operations with large workforces. Stuart has additionally spent two years with Geest plc, based in Grimsby, overseeing short shelf life high volume processing delivering fresh soups, sauces and ready meals to companies such as Waitrose.Stuart is married to Clare and both their sons were born and brought up in Lincoln. When not working for Woldmarsh Stuart’s interests are many and varied, including fishing, swimming, theatre and gardening.

Email Stuart at: s.mckenzie@woldmarsh.com


Heather Claridge – Chief Operating Officer

Heather joined Woldmarsh in 2011 having spent the previous 7 years with an East Anglian based co-operative. Prior to that, Heather worked within the merchant sector involved in agchem, fertilizer, seed and crop inspecting. Heather is a member of: The Institute of Agricultural Management, The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply & the BASIS Professional Register. When possible Heather also volunteers as a STEM Ambassador and FACTS viva examiner.

Email Heather at: h.claridge@woldmarsh.com
Cheryl Paul – Fertilizer & Seed Assistant

Cheryl started with Woldmarsh in September 2012, having previously worked at NFU Mutual, Alford for eight years.Cheryl was brought up on a small mixed arable and beef farm near Skegness. Cheryl still tries to remain actively involved where possible, particularly at busy periods such as Harvest with baling being her favourite job. It was this background in farming that prompted the interest to go on to De Montfort Univeristy, Riseholme to study for a BSc in Crop Production & Protection.Outside of work Cheryl likes walking her dog, reading and watching both tennis and rugby.

Email Cheryl at: c.paul@woldmarsh.com

Member Services

Ian Dawson – Membership Services Manager

Ian joined Woldmarsh in January 2013 and is Lincolnshire born and bred. Ian qualified with an OND in Agriculture from Riseholme Agricultural College in 1983, and then spent 14 years with Nickerson Seeds Ltd followed by 8 years at Arable Research Centres. In 2007 he moved to the Lincolnshire Machinery Ring to set up LMR Services Ltd where he stayed until April 2012 before moving to GFP Agriculture Ltd. Ian is BASIS qualified and is a LIVES First Responder. In his spare time he follows Grimsby Town FC and enjoys fishing and walking in the countryside with his cocker spaniel Vinnie!

Email Ian at: i.dawson@woldmarsh.com
Hester Sellers - Regional Membership Services Manager

Hester joined Woldmarsh in November after a move back to East Yorkshire earlier this year after 9 years in London. In London she worked for Waitrose for 8 years in retail management and HelloFresh in Operations. Hester is part time with Woldmarsh and her remaining time is working on the family farm (and bakery). Hester loves all outdoor activities, including riding her horse, being out with her dog and cycling.

Email Hester at: h.sellers@woldmarsh.com
Kate Leeson – Member Services Co-ordinator

Kate has recently joined the Woldmarsh team as a permanent member of staff, having previously worked here during her University summer holidays.After graduating with a first class honours degree from Newcastle University, Kate joined Lloyds Bank on their Graduate Scheme. Working for Lloyds Banking Group for 5 years she progressed to be an Agricultural Business Manager, managing a portfolio of business customers. At the same time Kate also achieved a Diploma in Business Banking.Kate enjoys socialising and playing sport and can be found most weekends playing tennis or hockey. Kate and her husband Richard also enjoy skiing and try to fit in a trip to the slopes when possible.

Email Kate at: k.leeson@woldmarsh.com

Chemical & Seed

James Allis – Crop & Animal Inputs Sector Head

Brought up on a small family farm in Alford, James graduated from Bangor University with a BSc in Agriculture with Agricultural Economics. He first joined Woldmarsh in 1993 as Agrochemical & Seed Manager. A post he held for 12 years before moving on to join Nickersons Seeds as their North West England Seed Specialist. James returned home to Lincolnshire in 2011 to rejoin Woldmarsh as Agrochemical Manager. James is BASIS and FACTS qualified.

Email James at: j.allis@woldmarsh.com
Colin Smith - Crop Inputs Administrator

Colin stated his career in the agricultural supply industry working for Boots farm sales and has worked for several of the agchem suppliers since. He has also spent four years working in the Agrii seed plant. He has a passion for the wildlife of Lincolnshire with a particular interest in entomology.

Email Colin at:  c.smith@woldmarsh.com
Max Forman - Crop Inputs Administrator

Max recently graduated Bishop Burton College with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture and has since furthered his education- pursuing a part-time degree in the same vocation. In his spare time he enjoys socialising and is an active member at Alford Young Farmers participating in a variety of club roles. He also volunteers for LIVES as a first responder and attends may public events first aiding.

Email Max at: m.forman@woldmarsh.com


Carl Ullyatt - Fuel Buyer

Carl grew up on a family farm in Lincolnshire. He attended LCAH Caythorpe and attained an ANCA in Agriculture & Phase 4 accounts. He worked for a farm management company for 4 years after college and then managed a large mixed estate in Berkshire. He left agriculture in 2004 to set up his own business which he developed and ran for 6 years both in the UK and USA. He then returned to agriculture in 2010 and managed a seed processing plant in Hampshire for A F Monk. His interests are buying and selling furniture from the early 1900's, repairing and painting it.

Email Carl at:  c.ullyatt@woldmarsh.com
Debra Carlin – Utilities Manager

Originally starting her career working for Cape Industrial Services as a site/wages clerk at various power stations Debbie decided to take time out to broaden her horizons working at various Volkswagen dealers as a senior administrator. She couldn’t keep away from electricity and joined Woldmarsh in September 2008 as our electricity manager.

Email Debra at:  d.carlin@woldmarsh.com
Jenny Watterson - Utilities Administrator

Jenny joined Woldmarsh in June 2014. She previously worked for E.ON for 4 years where she gained her knowledge of the electricity industry and prior to that she worked at Barclays bank in Louth. She has 2 young children.

Email Jenny at: j.watterson@woldmarsh.com
Francesca Billings – Utilities Administrator

Francesca grew up in Lincolnshire and left for a career with British Gas plc, later moving to London to work in Insolvency with RSM Robson Rhodes LLP. Following an addition to the family she has now returned to her beloved Lincolnshire and joined Woldmarsh in September 2008. She is an avid supporter of local produce initiatives and is a keen cook and socialiser.

Email Francesca at: f.billings@woldmarsh.com


Hollie Wilkinson – Farm Services & Machinery Administrator

Hollie joined Woldmarsh in May 2017. She previously worked for a property development company as an apprentice and worked up to an Office Manager role. She has recently gained an NVQ Level 3 in Business Management. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, daytrips and spending time with family and friends.

Email Hollie at: h.wilkinson@woldmarsh.com


  Paul Massey – Machinery & Vehicle Sector Head

Paul’s early career was spent working for the Barclays and Bank of Scotland Group in the agricultural machinery and commercial asset finance sector. During his time with the bank he was posted to various parts of the UK including Cornwall, Bristol, Hampshire, South Wales and Cheshire and finally finishing in London. Moved back to his native Lincolnshire recently and became involved in a variety of various business and consultancy roles. Paul intends using his wealth of experience handling supplier, manufacturers, dealer, broker and customer relationships and is aiming to build and expand Woldmarsh existing supplier sources, ensure favourable financial terms and processes are made available for the benefit of members as well as expanding the range and choice options. Paul is qualified in Finance and Business Dip Hons. Married with 2 children. A keen squash and tennis player and an active committee member for a local Scouts Group.

Email Paul at: p.massey@woldmarsh.com
Alison North – Machinery Administrator

Initially Alison worked as an Accountant in Lincoln for 6 years before returning to agricultural roots and studying a BSc (Hons) Crop Production at De Montfort University, graduating with a 2:1. She also gained a BASIS Level Certificate in Agriculture. Post university she worked as Senior Field Trials Officer for The Arable Group, Northern Region gaining practical experience and qualifications. In her spare time she is a keen animal and wildlife pastel artist, and currently has several pet portrait commissions underway. Alison is married with two children.

Email Alison at: a.north@woldmarsh.com


  Lucy Mather – Marketing Co-ordinator

Lucy joined the team in May 2012, she previously worked for First Media Solutions as the Account Manager organising conferences and events. She studied at Huddersfield University and gained a HND in Computing. Lucy enjoys Yoga and Pilates, walking her dog and travelling.

Email Lucy at: l.mather@woldmarsh.com


Charlotte Kelsey – Receptionist

Charlotte was born and raised in Lincolnshire and plans on remaining in the county to pursue a career in the Agricultural Industry. She joined Louth Young Farmers Club in September 2016 and really enjoys being a part of the club. In her spare time she enjoys going clay shooting and walking/training her dogs. She also enjoys bush beating at a local shoot during the winter months.

Email Charlotte at: c.kelsey@woldmarsh.com


Hazel Copeland – Chief Financial Officer

Hazel’s achievements have been recognised by the Association of Accounting Technicians who presented her with the Professional Member of the Year Award in 2017. Hazel joined Woldmarsh in May 2012 to head up the finance department, she started her career with Lloyds Bank working her way up to Branch Manager. Following the merger of Lloyds with the TSB she took the opportunity to retrain as an accountant after joining Lincoln SAAB. Her experience in a variety of finance roles has provided her with a broad base of knowledge to develop strategies for the future success of Woldmarsh. She gained her CIMA accounting qualification in 2009 and was awarded her MBA from the University of Derby in 2011. In her spare time Hazel has passed on her financial skills to the next generation of finance professionals working as an adult education tutor in Bookkeeping and Computerised Accounts. Hazel is married and has two grown-up children, enjoys walking in the countryside and amateur photography.

Email Hazel at: h.copeland@woldmarsh.com
Helena Holmes – Accounts Manager

Helena joined Woldmarsh in 1998, before Woldmarsh Helena worked for Forrester Boyd.

Email Helena at: h.holmes@woldmarsh.com
  Lynne Woodthorpe – Accounts Administrator

Lynne joined Woldmarsh in August 2010 having previously worked at King Edwards Grammar School for 20 years. She lives with her husband Kevin and they have a son, daughter, and two grandsons.

Email Lynne at: l.woodthorpe@woldmarsh.com
Julie Paddison – Accounts Administrator

Julie joined Woldmarsh as an Accounts Assistant, she has been involved in Administration/Accounts for two large companies for the last 20 years, before joining Woldmarsh in February 2014.

Email Julie at: j.paddison@woldmarsh.com
Georgina Elson – Accounts Administrator

Georgina Joined the team in January 2016. She previously worked in hospitality and is now looking to pursue her career in accounts after achieving Level 3 AAT in 2013.

Email Georgina at: g.elson@woldmarsh.com


  Robert Copp - Business Development Manager

Robert joined Woldlink in February 2014, having spent the previous 7 years working for WCF Ltd in their fuel division. He studied at Luton University and gained a BSc in Sport & Biological Science. Brought up in Lincolnshire he is married with 3 children and his interests include fishing, walking and off road driving.

Email Robert at: r.copp@woldlink.co.uk
Diane Payne – Woldlink Administrator

Diane joined the team in April 2014 and has previously worked as a Quality Administrator in educational administration for over 15 years. She has a range of secretarial and admin qualifications including HNC Business & Finance. She was born in Lincolnshire but has spent some time living and working in Germany before returning home. She is married with grown up children and enjoys walking, cycling and spending time in the garden.

Email Diane at: d.payne@woldlink.co.uk

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