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Coverage Areas

Our experienced agronomy team cover England, Wales and Scotland. With the help of our 5 large distribution depots based across the UK.

“Brilliant service and would highly recommend to anyone” Mr Wilson

OUR TEAM

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CHRIS BEAN chris.bean@zantra.com STUART AKIN stuart.alkin@zantra.com KEVIN KNIGHT kevin.knight@zantra.com PAUL FURNEAUX paul.furneaux@zantra.com PHIL SPENCER phil.spencer@zantra.com RICHARD BEAUMONT richard.beaumont@zantra.com STAN HARRISON stan.harrison@zantra.com
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ANDREW BAMBER andrew.bamber@zantra.com JENNY LEE jenny.lee@zantra.com TIM BULLOCK tim.bullock@zantra.com
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MERF WILLIAMS merfyn.williams@zantra.com
CHARLES STARKINGS charles.starkings@zantra.com GARY CUNNINGHAM gary.cunningham@zantra.com PATRICK BOYLE patrick.boyle@zantra.com

AGRONOMY

Our agronomy team provide the highest level of technical expertise backed up

by our own independent regional crop trials.   Please click on the agronomist picture to find out more.

  • CHRIS BEAN
    CHRIS BEAN
  • CHRIS BEAN
    CHRIS BEAN
    Chris Bean is Technical Director of Zantra, responsible for co-ordinating the company’s nationwide trials and providing our resultant technical focus and ultimate product selection. He is well known and widely respected in the industry – having been Technical Director at a number of other agronomy suppliers for over 30 years - and delivers a strong technical credibility to our agronomic platform and our agronomy team. Chris also provides agronomic, field-walking, advice to clients across a wide region from the East Midlands to the south coast, specialising in both field vegetables and arable crops.
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  • STUART ALKIN
    STUART ALKIN
  • STUART ALKIN
    STUART ALKIN
    Stuart Alkin is one of the senior members of the agronomy team advising customers in Kent and Sussex. He is also the company’s Agronomy Manager managing the growing number of regional agronomists across the UK; a role that has an increasing emphasis on mentoring and training new recruits. With a degree in Plant Pathology and Microbiology from Birmingham University, Stuart’s first job was with Chafer, advising on agrochemicals, sprayers and solution liquid fertilisers. His career path then took him into agrochemical distribution where he held regional field sales management posts with Wilmot Pertwee, UAP and eventually Agrii. On farm, Stuart focuses on combinable crop agronomy, advising on combinable crop agronomy and agrochemical, seed and fertiliser supply.  He also runs the company’s NRoSO training for farmers nationwide.
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  • ANDREW BAMBER
    ANDREW BAMBER
  • ANDREW BAMBER
    ANDREW BAMBER
    Andrew Bamber is a recent Zantra recruit, having joined the company from agronomy services specialist Edaphos in August 2018. With a background in field trials and independent agronomy, Andrew has a particular interest in soil health and works with his clients to improve soil structure and raise organic matter content, so that crops perform to their full potential. Andrew is BASIS and FACTS qualified and is based in South Warwickshire, covering Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and the West Midlands. Given his soils knowledge, Andrew works with a growing number of farmers who are introducing direct drilling and using nutrition to help improve crop performance, along with a targeted approach to agrochemical use.
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  • CHARLES STARKINGS
    CHARLES STARKINGS
  • CHARLES STARKINGS
    CHARLES STARKINGS
    Charles Starkings operates across the East Midlands and is supported by the company’s headquarters staff and supply service at Great Staughton, Cambs. In addition to agrochemicals, he offers advice and, where appropriate, supply of fertiliser and seed across all arable crops. He has the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy, is FACTs qualified and has worked in agronomy since 2005. Before this Charles worked on the family farm and as a sprayer operator. Charles sees crop nutrition as a key driver to maintaining good plant health and also advises customers on nutrient management planning, spraying techniques and farm legislation.
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  • GUY CUNNINGHAM
    GUY CUNNINGHAM
  • GUY CUNNINGHAM
    GUY CUNNINGHAM
    Guy Cunningham became part of the Zantra team at the start of 2018 and is BASIS qualified. Based in South Lincolnshire, he will be working with farmers throughout the East Midlands, with support from the company’s Great Staughton head office and depot. Guy studied Agriculture and Environment at Riseholme College before working on farms for over six years, where he developed an interest and expertise in soil mapping and zoning, as well as variable rate applications. More recently, he was employed by one of the UK’s largest fresh produce growers, where he specialised in root vegetables. In his agronomist role, Guy is keen to work with his clients on sustainable farming practices, using cultural control methods alongside appropriate agrochemical programmes to optimise yields.
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  • JENNY LEE
    JENNY LEE
  • JENNY LEE
    JENNY LEE
    Agronomist, Jenny Lee, joined Zantra in 2017 from British Sugar where she completed their graduate training scheme. A biology graduate from Somerville College, Oxford, she is passionate about British farming and studied subjects as diverse as crop science, ecology and soils before deciding on a career in agriculture. Jenny has worked as a trials assistant with both NIAB at Cambridge, primarily on oilseed rape and ADAS at Rosemaund, including cereal fungicide assessment. At British Sugar, she took on a range of responsibilities across the sugar beet calendar, including harvester testing, supporting the contract process, soil sampling and coordinating LimeX distribution out of Newark Factory. Jenny is BASIS and FACTS qualified and operates in the North West England.
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  • KEVIN KNIGHT
    KEVIN KNIGHT
  • KEVIN KNIGHT
    KEVIN KNIGHT
    Kevin joined Zantra in 2014 and offers agronomic advice and agrochemical supply to clients across the SE of England.  His particular expertise is in combinable arable crops, vegetables and protected salads. He gained a BSc in Ecology and Crop Protection from Plymouth University and then completed a Masters at Wye College in Applied Plant Sciences before undertaking post graduate research in the role of climate change on meadow ecosystems at Imperial College. A farmers son – originally from southern Africa – with a strong practical background, Kevin also worked for twelve years in the service sector as managing director of a business advising the food supply sector.  Kevin is BASIS and FACTs qualified and his work in soil ecology and climate change gives him specific expertise on the role of cover cropping and cultivation in providing sustainability and resilience in farming systems.
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  • MERFYN WILLIAMS
    MERFYN WILLIAMS
  • MERFYN WILLIAMS
    MERFYN WILLIAMS
    Merf has a wide range of clients mainly across Shrops, Staffs, Worcs but also as far afield as the Hereford, the Cheshire borders and North Wales. A farmer’s son from N Wales (and a fluent welsh speaker), he graduated from the University of Wales – Bangor in 1977 with a BSc Hons in Agriculture and has worked in farm supply ever since. His career started with twelve years at Farm Protection – now Syngenta – after which he co-established Yield Care in Shropshire. More recently he has worked as an agronomist with Independent Agriculture, UAP and then Agrii.  He joined Zantra in Jan 2014 and focuses on combinable crop and root crop agronomy and grassland.
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  • PATRICK BOYLE
    PATRICK BOYLE
  • PATRICK BOYLE
    PATRICK BOYLE
    Patrick Boyle joined the Zantra agronomy team at the start of 2019, bringing with him previous experience in cereal and sugar beet trials, as well as crop nutrition. With a family farming and agricultural college background, Patrick is BASIS qualified and will be working from his base in Peterborough, across Cambridgeshire and into the surrounding counties. Having spent four years in agronomy trials work with Armstrong Fisher and a further year with crop nutrition specialists Timac prior to joining Zantra, Patrick has been involved with the on-farm use of agrochemicals, bio-stimulants and other sustainable solutions for most of his career. He will be offering agronomy advice and agrochemical supply, along with crop nutrition expertise, with the support of Zantra’s delivery service.
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  • PAUL FURNEAUX
    PAUL FURNEAUX
  • PAUL FURNEAUX
    PAUL FURNEAUX
    Paul Furneaux was one of the first agronomists to join Zantra and specialises in arable crop agronomy, advising farmers in north and east Kent. Brought up on a farm in Essex, he worked as a combine driver and sprayer operator – as well as milking a large dairy herd - for two years after leaving school. After studying agriculture at Writtle College, Paul started he career in agronomy with Dalgety, and then Wilmot Pertwee, UAP and Agrii. He is widely regarded locally as a specialist in cereal and oilseed rape crop protection and BASIS and FACTs qualified.
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  • PHIL SPENCER
    PHIL SPENCER
  • PHIL SPENCER
    PHIL SPENCER
    Phil Spencer joined Zantra in February 2018, having run his own independent agronomy company for the previous eleven years. Based near Colchester in Essex, Phil has an established client base in the area, both in the farming and the amenity sector. A biology graduate and holder of the postgraduate crop protection qualification from Harper Adams, Phil is also BASIS and FACTS qualified. As well as his expert arable knowledge, he has a specialism in golf course and turf agronomy, which he shares with his Zantra colleagues when they have a query. Phil offers agronomy advice and agrochemical supply, as well as helping clients with nutrient planning, environmental schemes and other tasks associated with modern arable production.
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  • RICHARD BEAUMONT
    RICHARD BEAUMONT
  • RICHARD BEAUMONT
    RICHARD BEAUMONT
    Richard Beaumont is a long established agronomist working across East Kent advising on a wide range of combinable crops, potatoes and onions. A Herefordshire farmer’s son, he has a degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wales, and a diploma in farm management from Seale Hayne. Richard moved to Kent when he joined ADAS as an agricultural advisory officer, before joining Wilmot Pertwee – subsequently UAP and Agrii – and then Zantra as one of their first agronomists. He offers a wide range of advice – in own words, ‘across the A to Z of farming’ – including budgeting, crop nutrition and seed selection.
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  • STAN HARRISON
    STAN HARRISON
  • STAN HARRISON
    STAN HARRISON
    Stan Harrison operates across a wide geographic area of combinable crops from Thaxsted in Essex, south to Rye in Sussex. A Cumbrian farmer’s son, he studied Agricultural Sciences at Wye College in the 90s before taking up a farm management role in Zimbabwe. Upon returning to the UK, Stan worked for Wilmot Pertwee – subsequently UAP and Agrii – before joining Zantra in 2013. He is BASIS, FACTs and BETA qualified, and offers a wide range of advice on farm, from nutrient planning to the adoption of no-till and cover crop systems.
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  • TIM BULLOCK
    TIM BULLOCK
  • TIM BULLOCK
    TIM BULLOCK
    Tim Bullock covers the SW of England most notably Wilts, Glos, Oxon and N Somerset. He is BASIS and FACTs qualified and well established in the region, having joined Zantra in 2015 from another leading agrochemical supplier where he had been technical support manager. Tim provides agronomy support and agrochemical supply across all combinable crops as well as maize and grass. An ex farm manager, he backs this with practical farm management advice where appropriate.
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CONTACT ZANTRA

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT

We are sure we can bring positive benefits to any crop production operation and would be delighted to discuss how our approach could make a difference to you and your business.

 

Please give us a call on

01480 861066

or email us on
elisabeth@zantra.com

The benchmark for technical agronomy advice and service to UK farmers and growers, provided by people who care.

“Brilliant service and would highly recommend to anyone” Mr Wilson
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ANDREW BAMBER andrew.bamber@zantra.com JENNY LEE jenny.lee@zantra.com CHRIS BEAN chris.bean@zantra.com STUART AKIN stuart.alkin@zantra.com STAN HARRISON stan.harrison@zantra.com PAUL FURNEAUX paul.furneaux@zantra.com
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MERF WILLIAMS merfyn.williams@zantra.com
CHARLES STARKINGS charles.starkings@zantra.com GUY CUNNINGHAM guy.cunningham@zantra.com
PATRICK BOYLE patrick.boyle@zantra.com
PHIL SPENCER phil.spencer@zantra.com

Coverage Areas

Our experienced agronomy team cover England & Wales on a 24/7 basis, with 5 depots nationwide.

Our vans are out and ready now to answer your call to us.

“Brilliant service and would highly recommend to anyone” Mr Wilson