Technology Team

Our technology team are dedicated to offering you the most seamless, efficient and accurate service by utilising a range of technological solutions.

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Samantha Barrell

Head of Technology

I have an acute understanding of the challenges facing agriculture. I am very excited to be in a role at AF giving greater focus to the Member-facing systems.

I started my career at AF in 2010 and have had the opportunity to work in different parts of the business and on various different projects during my time here, from taking the lead on the initial member facing system AF interactive to getting us ready for GDPR. This diverse range of projects has given me an excellent understanding of AF and our members. Living on a farm, I also have an acute understanding of the challenges facing agriculture. I am very excited to now be in a role that allows us to give greater focus to the member facing systems.

Fiona Coles

Systems Project Specialist

The experience and business knowledge gained enables me to understand the system requirements of users as we work through changing times within farming.

I have been with AF for over 11 years and have worked in a variety of roles. My administrative background, positive attitude and strong efficiency skills enables me to work closely with colleagues and users to ensure system projects are planned, documented, monitored, and completed on time, ultimately leading to improved processes/system experiences for our members.

Daniel Ryan

Business & Quality Analyst

Working as part of the Development Team gives me a perfect opportunity to flex my creative muscle and come up with interesting and innovative solutions for our Members.

Working with and assisting users with software throughout my career has given me a keen eye for problem solving and design; I feel this gives me an edge when planning development work.

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David Tytheridge

Software Developer

I use my deep insight into the process, operation, and progression of AF – and how software helps – across all its spheres of activities.

I joined AF as a Junior Web developer in 2013. Since then, I have been involved in maintaining AF’s legacy systems and in the development of the current in-house Business Management system.

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Simon Harper Robinson

Senior Developer

I wanted a career in computers since I was a child and here I am developing software for AF.

Ever since I was at primary school, I have had a passion for computers. As such I have been learning about them my entire life. Since leaving high school I have completed a total of 4 computing qualifications, including my MSc in Information systems. I have over 15 years’ experience working in software development and statistical reporting roles.

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Jake Harrison

Systems Analyst

I use my skills in programming, data processing and analysis to help pioneer AF to their future as a smart, digital, industry leader.

Recently having started with AF, I bring with me a myriad of technical skills from the IT sector. Previously having worked in cryptography and data verification, I have several knowledge bases that meld well with my current role including data analysis, programming and development. My core skills lie within being able to analyse large datasets effectively and develop tools, both on a permanent and ad-hoc basis, to create efficient workflows for regular details we undertake.

Mohan-Prakash Jeyasankar

Data Analyst Technology Graduate

I started to use computers at the age of 13.  My passion for technology quickly grew and has led me to my current role building machine learning solutions, forecasting and analysing data for AF.

Since getting my first PC I wanted to play my part in developing the technologies that change the world.

I began to pursue my dream of a career in machine learning with a Master of Sciences degree in Data Science. I have joined AF as a Data Analyst Technology Graduate to put these skills to practical use. Every day I am work on developing tools to generate predictive analytics, forecasting sales and natural language processing so AF can harness the power of the data it holds to benefit Members.

Ryan Clark

Junior Developer

Working as part of the Technology Team means that I put my problem-solving skills to good use. I’ve always known that software was my niche and I’ve wanted a career in coding since I was a child.

After high school, I chose an apprenticeship over full time education.  I wanted to make my way in the world and was successful in joining one of the largest international technology services companies where I specialised in geospatial data.

After completing my qualifications in 2022 I joined the AF Technology Team. I am proud to provide technological support to agriculture through my role here at AF.