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WHO'S WHO AT BARENBRUG UK

Whether you've met us or not, we thought it might be nice to tell you a bit more about who's who at Barenbrug. 

Sometimes it's nice to put a face to a name! 

Read on to learn about your key contact at the company, and to learn a bit more about what they can do for you:

AMENITY TEAM

David GreenshieldsDAVID GREENSHIELDS
Amenity Business Manager  
Technical Sales - Scotland


Having joined Barenbrug in May 2008 as regional sales manager for Scotland, northeast England and Cumbria, David, is already a familiar face to many customers and is relied upon for his strong technical expertise. 

Boasting a Master's degree in Environmental Biology from St Andrews University in Scotland and a PhD in Plant Genetics from Edinburgh University, David is well equipped to offer technical assistance to a broad range of clients.

Being a scientist by training, David holds the opinion that a scientific approach should form the basis to almost everything we do in the sports turf industry. His strong academic background is also reinforced by recently gained experience in greenkeeping. David originally hails from the north east of England, but has been living in Edinburgh for the last 13 years. An avid golfer with a handicap of 1, he also has a passion for all sports.

Matthew WilliamsMATTHEW WILLIAMS
Key Accounts Manager 
Technical Sales - North West & North Wales


Matt has been helping customers in a variety of sectors since he joined Barenbrug in 2008.

In addition to his regional role, covering the North West, Matt has overall responsibility for both sports and landscape contractors and the turf market, in addition to looking after distributors in his region. 

An experienced greenkeeper, Matt has worked at a variety of clubs across the country, including a spell as deputy head greenkeeper of the 18-hole Wrexham Golf Club in his hometown of Wrexham. His wide-ranging greenkeeping experience includes the prestigious Open Championship course at Turnberry in Scotland to pay and play courses. He has an HND in Horticulture specialising in Golf Course Management from Reaseheath College in Cheshire.

An accomplished clay pigeon shot and ardent Liverpool FC fan, Matthew has an interest in all sports.  

Sam HornerSAM HORNER
Technical Sales Manager - South West & South Wales

Sam joined Barenbrug at the beginning of 2015 and is responsible for the entire south west region, covering South Wales, and as far west as Brighton.

Sam has an impressive pedigree in the industry. After studying at Hartpury College, Sam has worked at premiership rugby at Gloucestershire RFU, before a sideways move into golf at both Tewkesbury Park and Gloucester Golf Club.  It was around this point that he became particularly interested in the technical side of turf management, his experience with Barenbrug’s R&D team inspiring him to consider a change of direction.

After a hard day’s trouble shooting and meetings, Sam likes nothing more than watching his favourite sports, from golf to jump racing or enjoying some  clay pigeon shooting.  Sam is a particular fan of rugby, and as an ex-player and avid watcher, he’s always up for a chat about the sports latest developments.

Phil DickPHIL DICK
Research and Technical Sales Manager  
Technical Sales - North of England & Ireland

Phil joined Barenbrug in May 2016, having started his career as an apprentice greenkeeper at his local golf club. From here Phil went on to work at St Andrews and Wentworth; being on the team for the Open and BMW PGA Championships. After 10 years of practical experience, he furthered his education with a degree in Turfgrass Science and Management and is a member of the BASIS professional register.

Before joining Barenbrug, Phil was a Research Manager at the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) conducting trials for commercial and private companies looking at the newest and most exciting technologies in the turfgrass industry.

Outside of work he is a keen golfer and runner. When not playing sport he can usually be spotted walking up some sort of a hill in the Lake District.


Luke HuntLUKE HUNT
Technical Sales - East and South East England

Luke joined Barenbrug in the summer of 2016. An ex-greenkeeper—most recently at the Hotchkin course at the National Golf Centre, Woodhall Spa—Luke is an established seed and Sportsturf expert, with five years’ experience working with seed breeders and merchants throughout the UK and Europe.

Luke has a strong background in seed, having spent the previous five years working in the industry. He has dealt with many types of customers, seed breeders and merchants throughout the UK and Europe. 

Luke’s journey into Sportsturf began when his love of golf first led him into greenkeeping. Today he plays off a handicap of three (very nearly two!).




AGRICULTURE TEAM

James InglesJAMES INGLES
Head of Agriculture

James has been with the company for 14 years and involved in the agricultural industry for 25 years and will work to develop a wider portfolio in agriculture, exploring complimentary products and opportunities for our customers, whilst increasing the depth of support offered to our expanding client base.

James believes it is vital that our focus remains on research and development. He says there is an increasing demand for more production from UK grassland and we want to help livestock farmers achieve this by offering more yield, quality and persistency and that he, and the rest of my team, are always prepared to meet farmers to see if we can utilise our collective expertise to their benefit.

 

Mhairi DawsonMHAIRI DAWSON
Regional Sales Manager - Scotland
Research and Development Manager - Agriculture

Alongside being the regional manager for Scotland, Mhairi is also the research and development manager for the agriculture arm of Barenbrug UK.  

With a BSc (Hons) in Applied Bioscience (Animal Science), a passion for the Scottish agricultural industry, the sheep sector in particular, and experience of managing her own land, she is well placed to offer advice on seed selection, forage crops and equestrian requirements. 

Hailing from a hill sheep farm near Cumnock in Ayrshire, Mhairi is now breeding her own Scottish Blackface sheep, and has an interest in native breeds, particularly, working with Border Collie dogs and Clydesdale horses. Mhairi lives in Kirkcudbrightshire. 

David LintonDAVID LINTON
Regional Sales Manager - Northern Ireland

With almost 20 years’ experience in the seed sector, David joined Barenbrug in 2000. Combining a National Diploma in Agri-Food science with experience gained on his own farm in Northern Ireland, he offers a wealth of practical and technical knowledge.

His local knowledge of the farming scene in Northern Ireland is second to none. David is particularly proud of the Bar Forage grass seed range which he feels has set a new standard in grassland production and quality in Northern Ireland. David has advised numerous local farmers on sward renovation / rejuvenation as well as establishing new swards for silage / grazing. David lives in Kilrea, Northern Ireland.
 

  

Roger BaconROGER BACON
Regional Sales Manager - Northern England

Roger joined Barenbrug in 2015 and will work closely with merchants and farmers across the North of England. 

Roger Bacon – who comes from a beef and arable farming family in Derbyshire – brings a wealth of experience to his new role at Barenbrug, having spent more than sixteen years in the agriculture industry. 

Roger will provide advice, guidance and reassurance to farmers across the UK – using his agronomy background, professional qualifications and own farm experiences to help them make strategic decisions that will lead to the effective management of good quality grass. 

Outside of work there is no escape from the great outdoors for Roger, who enjoys walking, cycling rugby and skiing.  
 

Latham GibbinsLATHAM GIBBINS
Regional Manager - South and South West

Latham joined Barenbrug in 2015 after moving to the UK from New Zealand. Growing up on a dairy farm in Taranaki on New Zealand’s North Island, Latham’s passion for agriculture developed at an early age. After obtaining a degree in Agricultural Science from Massey University, he returned to the family business for a year. He then spent three summers working at various sheep, beef and dairy farms in the local area – before joining GG Wrightson Seeds – Australasia’s largest seed company. 

During his time at PGG, Latham also sat on the board of trustees of the Waimate West Demonstration Farm (WWDF) – a partner farm for DairyNZ, the industry body that represents all New Zealand dairy farmers.  

 

 

PRODUCTION

Andrew Sadler

ANDY SADLER
Production Manager

Andy brings a wealth of agricultural experience to his position as production manager where for the past 12 years he has been responsible for the company's UK grass seed production. With over 2,000 hectares sown with Barenbrug cultivars this is no small task.

With a BSc Hons (Botany); MSc Environmental Resources, herbage and turnip crop inspection licences he is very well placed to manage this important role.

Prior to joining Barenbrug he gained extensive experience from positions in farm management, agricultural education and agricultural advice in the UK, Saudia Arabia and Central and Southern Africa.

 

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