Our AF Directors
Here are our directors’ profiles. Read all about their backgrounds and how they contribute to the management and development of AF.
Nigel is a chartered accountant with decades of agricultural experience. He is a partner in his family farm near Fakenham, Norfolk.
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 recruitment. Nigel is also a trustee of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
William runs Hardingham Farms, Norfolk: 1,255 hectares of combinable crops, sugar beet, a solar farm & livery yard with indoor & outdoor menages.
William’s 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 chair of the AF Membership & Marketing Executive.
Richard is lead partner in Chellington Partners farm, a 220-cow dairy enterprise in Bedfordshire supplying fresh pasteurised milk to local shops and cafes.
Richard has 18 years experience as a Non-Executive Director and has operated in a wide range of commercial, membership, government and educational organisations.
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 is a second-generation farmer, farming in Northamptonshire.
Tony Bambridge NSch ARAgS
Following a Nuffield Scholarship studying the marketing and production of potatoes and influence of agricultural co-operatives, Tony started B&C Farming Limited.
Today, the business farms & contracts over 1200 hectares of mixed cropping, runs a haulage and engineering enterprise, pedigree suckler beef & continues growing potatoes, both ware & seed.
From Director of Anglian Produce, Tony became a Non-Executive Director then Chairman of Greenvale AP Limited, a potato packing & marketing business. Tony then went on to be Non-Executive Director of the group holding company.
Tony did three terms with the British Potato Council. On the AHDB Potato Council he focused on research, especially links to Cambridge University Potato Research Association. Tony has been the Norfolk NFU County Chairman & National Council representative & is now East Anglia Regional Vice Chairman, continuing his work in the agri-political arena.
Having graduated from Newcastle University and then MDS, David worked in fresh produce marketing before joining the family farm, G.H.Hoyles Ltd, in Lincolnshire.
At the time he joined the business in 2005 the focus was growing root crops and combinable crops around The Wash. With the benefit of a highly skilled team and using modern machinery and precision farming G.H.Hoyles Ltd now supply a variety of produce to the retail sector. As a business they have invested in renewable energy, efficient refrigerated storage and water management to help them to sustainably and reliably supply their customers.
Perry Watts has had a 40-year career working at all levels in the supply chain and logistics industry.
Perry began his career as a driver and worked 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 £65billion Euro global corporation.
Sarah Evans is an experienced non-executive director with over 20 years spent in the mutual sector.
Sarah is a strong advocate for mutuality, believing that it’s a long-term, sustainable business model which promotes value for money and an ethos of outstanding service for members.
As a chartered accountant, for 10 years Sarah 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.
It is my privilege to be Chief Executive of AF and my overriding priority is to ensure AF delivers an experience which Members rate as brilliant at every point in the supply-chain, from ordering to invoicing.
I started my career in the gruelling world of hospitality and food service but I come to AF after several years managing rural estates, where I have been responsible for a variety of agricultural businesses including arable, vegetable and livestock operations. Although I do not pretend to be a farmer (nor a land agent) I have worked with large and small farms in Hertfordshire, Dorset and Norfolk and it has been my privilege to learn from some exceptional farmers and farming families.