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AF's Directors

Nigel Savory

Chairman



Nigel is a chartered accountant with decades of experience working in the agricultural industry. He is a partner in his family farm near Fakenham in North Norfolk and has a long association with AF as a former Mid Norfolk member. Nigel was a partner in KPMG before becoming a partner in Grant Thornton in 2000. He has provided audit, accounting and business advisory services to a range of large privately-held businesses and has also specialised in the food, farming and estate sectors. He was managing partner of Grant Thornton's offices in East Anglia for a number of years before retiring.

Nigel is a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Norfolk and chairman of Snellings Group. He is a director of Fakenham Racecourse and a director of Colleague Software Limited, a Norwich based IT company specialising in the recruitment sector. Nigel is also a trustee of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

William Edwards

Member Director


William runs Hardingham Farms in Norfolk. Hardingham Farms comprises 1,255 hectars of combinable crops, sugar beet and land let for potatoes. 40 hectares is let as a solar farm and there is also a livery yard with indoor and outdoor menages. The business has been a member of AF - and previously Mid Norfolk Farmers - since the late 1960's. William has a longstanding family connection to the organisation as his father Henry was chairman of Mid Norfolk Farmers and a former AF director.

William has a BSc (Hons) degree in Rural Land Management from Reading University and worked as a land agent since 1992, specialising in capital taxation, diversification, renewable energy and succession planning.

He is a trustee for a number of East Anglian estates and farms and is past president of the Norfolk Valuers Association. William is chairman of the AF Membership & Marketing Executive.

Richard Davis

Member Director


Richard has 18 years experience as a Non-Executive Director and has operated in a wide range of commercial, membership, government and educational organisations. Richard, who farms in Bedfordshire, is lead partner in Chellington Partners farm, a 100ha with 220-cow dairy enterprise supplying fresh pastuerised milk to local shops and cafes.

He was appointed to the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England in 2012 and became Veterinary Delivery Project Board Member in 2013. Richard has had roles with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, First Milk, Assured Foods Standards (Red Tractor), DairyCo, Assured Dairy Farms and Westbury Dairies. He was NFU County Chairman for Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire from 2010-2015.

William Rice

Member Director


William Rice is a second-generation farmer, farming out of Northamptonshire. William has diversified to include a golf centre which includes an 18 hole and 9 hole golf course, conference centre, club house and pro shop.

Tony Bambridge NSch ARAgS

Member Director


Following a Nuffield Scholarship studying the marketing and production of potatoes and the influence of Agricultural co-operatives, Tony started B&C Farming Limited. Initially, the business grew potatoes on annually rented land. Today, the business farms and contracts over 1200 hectares of mixed cropping, runs a small haulage and engineering enterprise, pedigree Suckler Beef production and continues to focus on the production of potatoes, both ware and seed production.

After being a Director of Anglian Produce, a potato marketing co-operative, Tony became a Non-Executive Director and then Chairman of Greenvale AP Limited - a potato packing and marketing business. Tony then went onto become Non-Executive Director of Produce Investments PLC, the group holding company.

In addition to these commercial roles, Tony held three terms of office as a ministerial appointee to the British Potato Council. He then went on to the AHDB Potato Council, focusing on research and development with links to the Cambridge University Potato Research Association. Notably, Tony has been the Norfolk National Farmers Union County Chairman and National council representative. He currently holds the position of East Anglia Regional Vice Chairman, which has led to continuing work in the Agri-political arena.

Keen on rural pursuits and conservation, supporting the efforts of the Aylsham Agricultural Show association occupies any of Tony’s spare time.

David Hoyles

Member Director


Having graduated from Newcastle University and then MDS, David worked in fresh produce marketing before joining the family farm, G.H.Hoyles Ltd, in 2005. At the time, the focus was growing root crops and combinables around The Wash. With a skilled team using modern machinery and precision farming G.H.Hoyles Ltd supply produce to the retail sector. They've invested in renewable energy, efficient refrigerated storage and water management to help them to sustainably and reliably supply their customers.

Christine Tacon

Independent Director


Christine ran the Co-operative Group's farming business from 2000 to 2012. In 2013 she was appointed as the Groceries Code Adjudicator to regulate the large retailers adherence to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice in their dealings with direct suppliers. Christine is also chair of MDS Limited, which provides a two year graduate training programme for its members in the food and farming industry. As part of her role at AF, Christine also sits on the AF Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Perry Watts

Independent Director


Perry Watts has had a 40-year career in the supply chain and logistics industry, starting as a driver and working his way up through the ranks holding various director roles before being appointed Chief Executive Officer UK and Ireland DHL. Perry has been responsible for the strategy, operations, business development and profit and loss in a £65BN Euro global corporation.

Sarah Evans

Independent Director



Sarah Evans is an experienced non-executive director with over 20 years spent in the mutual sector. Sarah is a chartered accountant and for 10 years was a partner with Ernst & Young in London. During that time, she specialised in corporate investigations, regulation and litigation support.

Sarah is Chairman of The Wine Society and former Chairman of Ipswich Building Society, both mutuals. She is also a Trustee of East Anglian Air Ambulance and a non-executive director of Heronsgate Capital, a start-up financial advisor.

Sarah is passionate about mutuality, believing that it’s a long-term, sustainable business model which promotes value for money and an ethos of outstanding service for members.

Sarah lives on the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border, where she has a few acres of fields and horses.
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