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2017 constructor owner and operator of the world’s first purpose build Ekogea Anaerobic Digester delivering industry leading biogas performance.
Managing Director responsible for the Rhug Estate owned by Lord Newborough comprising, a 20,000 acre rural portfolio, including housing, commercial property, and forestry.

Since 2010 as Land agent the development of multiple ground source heat, wind, solar pv, and hydroelectric installations have been designed, funded, implemented and maintained.

Since 2000 the business has developed into one of the UK’s largest organic farms marketing lamb and beef produce through Waitrose.

As Managing Director an Estate food business has been created comprising a team of 130 staff on multiple sites operating 24/7, 365 days a year. A brand has been established with a strong marketing plan resulting in daily sales to Michelin starred restaurants and food manufacturers in the UK, Europe, Middle Eastern and Far East countries.

During this time the Rhug Farm Shop has been created and continues to grow attracting over 500,000 visitors a year. The Rhug food businesses continue to grow sustainably at 30% a year despite the recession and is aggressively driving forward into a high value market place through a value added approach with the original management team.
In 2000 a Nuffield Farming Scholarship was awarded involving extensive research in New Zealand and the United States and a  ‘Diversification – a blue print for success’ model was created.  This report was awarded the HSBC Nuffield report of the year.

Before joining Rhug four years as Assistant to Hugh Coghill (formerly Head of Rural for Savills) based in Norwich.  At Savills, qualifications included the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Exams and the Association of Agricultural Valuers Exams to become a fully qualified rural surveyor.
The four years with Savills provided experience in multi-site management, large residential portfolio management, trustee and landowner reporting and an appreciation of rural matters in the East of England putting a valuable and alternative perspective on an upbringing on a Welsh Hill Farm. He then became a consultant manager to the Rhug Estate and a number of smaller estates through Wales and the Welsh Borders working for Carter Jonas before taking his current position on the Estate.


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