British Berry Growers Board
The British Berry Growers board consists of 10 UK industry leaders.
Nick Marston has been the chairman of British Berry Growers since 2017, leading the trade association which represents 95% of the UK’s commercial soft fruit growers.
Before British Berry Growers, Nick was the managing director of Berry Gardens from 1995 to 2017 and has been a director of British Berry Growers since 1999.
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James is commercial director at Chambers and represents Asplins Producer Organisation, a PO of 11 fruit grower members as well as WBC Imports Ltd, the importing division of the WB Chambers group.
James’ career spans nearly two decades in commercial and supply chain roles in the produce supply base, including leafy salads, brassicas, tropical fruits and berries.
John has headed up Herefordshire-based Cobrey Farms since 1976, managing over 3,500 acres of land to produce the highest quality produce including asparagus, green beans, blueberries, rhubarb, potatoes and a small vineyard.
Cobrey Farms invests heavily in the research and development of new crop varieties and growing techniques and has pioneered season extension to foster year-round food security.
John is also a member of British Berry Growers’ Campaign and Policy Board.
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Paul is commercial director at BerryWorld and brings almost two decades of industry experience to the board. He has worked closely with growers and retailers throughout that time. Paul’s passion lies in innovation, harnessing insight to help develop many of the concepts that have driven the industry growth to date.
Paul feels British berries stand out for their quality and heritage and should be enjoyed by everyone. In a world where food choices matter more than ever, sustainably producing healthy, high-quality food should be treated as a priority by all.
Peter Judge has over 40 years’ experience in the food industry. Over the last 20 years, the focus has been in brand development and business turnaround, including COO of Tulip UK and Karro Foods. For the last six years he has been the group managing director of S&A Produce.
S&A is the UK’s largest independent strawberry grower supplying the major retailers. S&A has diversified from growing to breeding, with their varieties sold in over eight European countries.
Outside of S&A, Peter was the chair of the AHDB Horticultural Board that managed the wind down and transfer of activities to HCP Ltd. He is also a member of British Berry Growers’ Campaign and Policy Board.
Nick Allen is UK general manager at Driscoll’s, the global market leader of fresh blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, following the recent acquisition of Berry Gardens Ltd.
Prior to this, Nick worked at Berry Gardens Ltd for over 18 years, where he played a defining role in the development of the business in various roles as finance Director and chief operating officer.
Prior to joining Berry Gardens, Nick trained as a chartered accountant working for one of the world’s largest accountancy firms, KPMG.
Tim has been a commercial director with Dole UK since 2008. Prior to this, he was MD of his own fresh produce company formed in 1990, and previously worked for major fruit business Rowe & Co. He got his start in the fruit industry working in a fruit shop in Perranporth selling peaches and nectarines to holidaymakers.
Tim has 48 years of experience in the fruit and veg industry. He has been a director of British Berry Growers since 2003 and is also a member of its Campaign and Policy board.
Harry is the managing partner of Hall Hunter, which has been growing berries for retailers for 30 years. Hall Hunter is forward looking, and is passionate about enabling its people to realise their full potential and acting as a positive force in all the communities it interacts with.
Harry believes that the British berry industry is fantastic, and he is committed to playing a part in its ongoing success.