Managing Director – Clock House Farm, Kent
Innovative Soft and Top Fruit Growers, adopting the best technology and approach to fruit growing. Focusing on delivering the best for customer and the environment their farming in. Oli has been a member of Next Gen for 7 years, since the “under 40’s” trip to Benelux. Continued member because of the opportunity to discuss ideas and points with industry piers as well as motivating and industry events that help create enthusiasm and innovation in the industry.
As Under Chair for the last committee, Oli is looking forward to leading the committee for the next two years, continue to grow Next Gen, with some great events and bringing people together.
Senior Technical Account Manager – Berry Gardens
Gail is a Harper Adams Graduate working in the Produce since graduating in 2014. First joining Next Gen on the trip to Chile in 2019. Keen on being involved because of the way Next Gen pulls together like minded people together to transfer knowledge, skills and approaches for the challenges the industry challenges.
Sales Specialist – Haynes
Working for Haynes for over 4 years, Richard specialises in the in the sale of machinery to the fruit sector, including Tractors, telehandlers, sprayers and many other implements. Richard first took part with the Under 40s group at an Interim trip to Hereford in 2018, despite not knowing what to expect, enjoyed meeting a lovely group of people from all parts of the industry. With a unique insight into the horticulture sector, Richard is looking forward to joining the committee and pulling together a number of great events.
Managing Director – Pixley Berries
Anna hasn’t looked back since first joining a Next Gen trip to Hereford in 2018, being invited by previous Chair Emily Cliff. Managing Director for Pixley Berries since 2020, Anna sees Next Gen as the perfect platform for open conversation on industry matters with likeminded individuals across the country. The visits are thought provoking and the social is a good chance to let your hair down.
Farm Manager – Garsons Farm
First joining Next Gen at the Winter Wonderland Ball at Hop Farm in 2017, Rob enjoys the environment of Next Gen events, the way sharing knowledge is relaxed and enjoyable. Rob has wanted to be part of the committee since first attending a Next Gen event and is keen to get stuck in. “My main motivation for being on committee is to try and create those scenarios of knowledge exchange, which might never have happened if it wasn’t for this group. That might be on a coach journey, on a farm visit or in a restaurant over a meal.”
General Manager – Biddenden Vineyards
Biddenden Vineyards is a family owned and managed Vineyard in Kent. Tom’s first trip was visiting Lower Hope Farms and tour of Chase Distillery in Herefordshire. Enjoying meeting other young growers and people in and around the industry, being able to come away from the day job and be amongst other passionate people is invaluable, with a few beers along the way. Tom recognises the last few years have been tough for everyone on a personal and work level and is looking forward to getting new and old members back together again and continuing an amazing network of people. Tom is passionate for the viticultural sector and ways that Next Gen can support young people within it.
Commercial Manager – Total Worldfresh
Graduating Harper Adams in 2015, Mike has worked with several roles amongst produce and retail, joining Total Worldfresh in 2019. Alex Myatt invited Mike to his first event in 2019 to Chambers and Hugh Lowe Farms. ‘This group is unique its way of leaving competition at the door and allowing peers to rub shoulders on mutual challenges within our industry, encouraging one another on how to overcome’. Mike is excited to get stuck in with the committee, grow the membership, but ultimately give people an excuse to get together and share perspectives on this fascinating industry.
Farm Manager – J Myatt & Co
Alex studied Sport & Physical Education at UWIC, while working for the WRU as a performance analyst in her final year. She then went on to travel and do ski seasons while coming back to the family farm every summer, progressively gaining more interest, experience and knowledge. In 2017 Alex decided to give a winter on the farm a go and hasn’t looked back. J Myatt & Co farm at Mockbeggar, growing 450tns of soft fruit, 150tns of Rhubarb and over 600tns of stone fruit, packing all their own fruit on site at Mockbeggar Packing Ltd for a range of retailers. NextGen Fruit Group has been a great learning and networking platform for Alex and she is excited to be apart of its expansion, bringing more like minded, passionate people of the fruit industry together.