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John Allen07980 841603
×John works across the UK and the EU as well as having undertaken projects in the US and Eastern Europe. John's areas of expertise include strategic planning, marketing, supply chain management, change and people management. He works with some of the UK's leading farmers as well as major food and dairy processors and retailers.
Ainsley Baker07966 988665
×Ainsley has been a Consultant since 1995, working with dairy, livestock and food businesses. He specialises in reviews, business planning and the preparation of budgets and cashflows. Ainsley manages a program for dairy farmers supplying a major retailer, supporting them to excel in animal health, welfare and business efficiency and is registered by Farming Connect in Wales, with an excellent track record in grant applications.
Neil Blackburn07980 917555
×Neil has over 25 years of consultancy experience, specialising in the dairy sector across Wales and the Midlands. Neil's areas of expertise include business management, strategic planning, dairy nutrition and technical consultancy. Neil provides advice to farmers, milk processors and the agricultural supply trade. Neil also manages the delivery of a number of larger scale projects within Kite.
Mike Bray07970 493338
×Mike has worked in the dairy industry for the majority of his career and currently provides high level strategic planning and technical advice to agribusinesses across the South and South West of England. Mike's areas of expertise include nutrition, herd management and strategic planning issues relating to large scale dairy systems.
×Jess has worked as a Kite consultant since 2017, having a broad range of experience in the dairy and grassland sector. Now based in the Midlands and working nationally, Jess’s main area of work is business consultancy, helping dairy farms with budgeting, monitoring, business development plans and financial restructuring plans, to develop efficient, profitable businesses.
×Hayley has joined Kite as the Head of Sustainability with significant experience in this area. Hayley holds an Honours Degree in Geography, a Masters Degree in rural policy and has worked for over fifteen years in the food and farming sector. Hayley started her career in agriculture as a chief policy adviser at the NFU, where she worked for over ten years leading the trade association’s lobbying, policy and strategy work in the dairy and horticulture sectors, the Environmental Plan for Dairy Farming steering group and co-authoring the UK Dairy Roadmap. Most recently, Hayley became the youngest appointed non-executive board member of the AHDB and on leaving there, started her own agri-policy consultancy business, focusing largely on providing sustainability advice to farmers and food businesses. In August 2022 Hayley was ministerially appointed to the board of the Food Standards Agency.
Tanya Colman07980 917547
×Tanya joined Kite as a partner in 2000. She has worked in East Anglia as a dairy business consultant since 1994. Tanya currently works with a range of agribusiness mainly in East Anglia, but also on Jersey. She also carries out project work. Her area's of expertise are in nutritional and technical consultancy as well as farm business and financial management.
Chloe Cross07714 734756
×Chloe graduated from Harper Adams in 2014 with an honours degree in Agriculture with Farm Business Management, before working full time as a Herd Manager on a robotic unit in Staffordshire and relief milking for a conventional herd. Her main interests lie in heifer rearing and farm efficiencies. Chloe is now based in Suffolk and is working with Ben Watts and Tanya Colman in East Anglia and the South East
Tim Davies07980 917568
×Tim has more than 30 years experience as a specialist farm animal nutritionist and works across the Midlands, North of England and Wales as well collaborating on nutrition research in the UK, Europe and the USA. Tim's areas of expertise include specialist dairy nutrition, solving health, fertility and production problems, manipulating milk quality, modelling carbon footprint of livestock, legal work, buying group work and the evaluation of feeds.
Helen Dent07512 331494
Helen, who spent several years as an agronomist before becoming a sustainability consultant, has a particular interest in soils and the part they play in efficient milk production. Helen is BASIS & FACTS qualified and a member of the BASIS Environmental Advisers Register and the NFU Net Zero Steering Group. She is heavily involved with the home dairy and arable farms in Cumbria and joins Kite as a member of the Sustainability Team, based in the north of England, working across the UK.
Marcus Doig07513 727191
×Marcus graduated from Harper Adams in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture with Animal Science after growing up on a mixed arable and dairy farm. He then pursued a career in farm management and brings his extensive practical experience combined with technical knowledge to help farms improve business performance across the South West. Marcus has a particular interest in nutrition for high yielding systems, herd development through targeted use of genetics as well as staff recruitment and management.
Helen Evans07980 917171
×Helen is an experienced agricultural consultant and has worked in Shropshire, Cheshire and North Wales for over 25 years. Helen’s expertise includes management consultancy, business and strategic planning, joint ventures and dairy herd management. She works with a wide range of dairy and livestock farms.
Joss Fawcett07980 257341
×Joss joined Kite in 2007 having graduated from Newcastle University and works across the North of England and Southern Scotland. Joss’s areas of expertise include business management and strategic planning, ruminant nutrition and technical consultancy. Joss also runs several discussions groups which focus on improving both technical and business performance.
Chris Flint07980 917567
×Chris began his consultancy career in 1991 in West Wales before moving to the Midlands in 1995. He now works over a wide radius across the country with many different businesses. Chris's areas of expertise include business management, business strategy, nutrition, herd health and herd management. His wide ranging client base includes dairy farming businesses, specialist benchmarking groups, processors and retailers. Chris is keen to challenge all of the businesses he works with so that they may adapt to changing circumstances and react to opportunities.
Paul Fox07921 893870
×Paul joined Kite in 2009 and has a wide range of knowledge and experience across the agriculture industry particularly within the dairy sector. Paul works on a number of training projects with farmers, processors and retailers and is a very experienced trainer and facilitator who has operated both in the UK and internationally. Paul also has experience in farm financial data collection and analysis and has a wide knowledge and understanding of agricultural business management. He has also supported a number of farm based renewable energy projects.
Eliot Greenfield07749 490700
×Eliot graduated from Harper Adams in 2017 with a BSc Honours degree in Agriculture, before working for a farm management company, managing several large-scale dairy businesses and estates across Scotland and Southwest England. Eliot is based in Cumbria, working alongside other members of the North team. His interests include business management and planning, ruminant nutrition and technical consultancy.
Andy Gubb07515 964256
×Born into a dairy farming family in North Devon, Andy’s love of cows and farming was formed from an early age. Having graduated from Nottingham University in 1990 he moved into dairy consultancy with ADAS before later establishing a successful retail business. In 2013, together with John Allen, Andy played a key role in the business planning and establishment of a new, partial green eld dairy unit for 500 cows on his family’s farm, which had traditionally operated as a beef and sheep enterprise. Andy joined Kite in 2016 as a part-time consultant, covering the South West.
Victoria Hicks07935 503950
×Vicky joined Kite in summer 2017 from NMR. Having graduated from Hartpury College in 2009 with a degree in Dairy Herd Management, Vicky has worked for a milk buyer, the NFU at Stoneleigh and has spent the previous 4 years overseeing the development of new milk infrared tests on milk fatty acids, energy balance and ketosis at NMR. Based in Frome, Vicky combines her nutrition and genetic expertise alongside data analysis skills to help farms improve their technical performance.
Kaia Hillsmith07534 229484
×Kaia joined Kite in 2019 after graduating from The University of Nottingham with a degree in Agricultural Sciences. She spent a year working as an Assistant Manager on a robotic unit before returning to Kite in 2022. Kaia is based in Cheltenham and is a member of the South West team with a particular interest in business management and gaining value from farm data.
Ros Hughes07967 147925
×Ros began working as a consultant in 1984 specialising in the dairy sector, and currently works across Northern England and Southern Scotland. Ros' expertise includes management consultancy, strategy and business planning, herd management and dairy nutrition. Ros works with a wide range of dairy farms, as well as the supply industry, and also has skills in project and process management.
Tony Jackson07974 751716
×Tony has spent most of his working life in the dairy industry, both with his own farm and also in consultancy. He joined Kite in 2008. Tony’s areas of expertise include most aspects of cattle management. His main role with Kite is the facilitation of dairy and beef knowledge transfer and benchmarking groups covering much of the UK, mainly in conjunction with a range of dairy and beef processors and retailers.
Rose Jackson07706 354227
×Deleted: Rose graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in 2004 and worked as a farm animal Vet in Derbyshire for 16 years working predominantly with Dairy farmers. Rose holds a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction and a Certificate in Veterinary Business Management. Her main areas of interest are fertility, data analysis and genetics.
David Keiley07825 543526
×David has recently left his position as Senior Dairy Consultant with SRUC to join Kite and has extensive experience in providing technical and business consultancy to dairy businesses across Scotland. David also works closely with milk processors, particularly cheese makers, to improve cheese yields and factory efficiencies. David's motto is "from parlour to palate".
Becki Leach07595 415756
×Becki has extensive experience in delivering leadership & people management advice and training to business leaders and their teams in the areas of: people management and motivation, communication and influencing, self-awareness and change management. Becki graduated in 2008 with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Science, she has managed sales teams in previous roles and continues to undertake further professional development in; LEAN organisation management, advanced facilitation, negotiation and leadership and management techniques. Becki is based in Yorkshire and works across the North delivering Leadership & People Management consultancy alongside running discussion groups and working on a number of projects.
David Levick07967 126395
×David began working as a consultant in 1985 and currently works across the UK with some international experience. David's areas of expertise include dairy business strategy, herd management and nutrition consultancy with high performance herds, financial management and milk marketing and he works throughout the dairy supply chain with dairy farmers, farmer groups, milk processors and retailers.
Edward Lott07815 284850
×Edward has more than 15 years experience in dairy consultancy and works with a wide range of dairy businesses across the south of England and Wales. Edward's areas of expertise include dairy herd management, business management, cost of production analysis and strategic planning. He works across the industry with dairy farmers, processors and retailers as clients.
Paul Macer07980 917565
×Paul has worked as a consultant since 1997 and predominantly works across the Midlands and South West of England delivering technical and business management consultancy. Paul’s areas of expertise include ruminant nutrition, forage management and breeding focusing on efficiency and profitability. His clients include a wide range of dairy farms and farmer groups as well as delivering specialist projects.
Andrew Marlow07989 582343
×Andrew has worked as a dairy farm consultant since 1992, covering Shropshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. Andrew's area of expertise is business and technical consultancy, helping a wide range of dairy farms develop efficient, profitable businesses.
Kate Matthews07719 557336
×Kate qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2014 and worked as a farm animal vet in Kent and Lancashire. Kate joined Kite in 2019 and is based in Cheshire. She works as a technical specialist utilising her veterinary skillset to support farm clients with dairy and youngstock nutrition, herd health management and forage planning, as well as running several discussion groups. Her main interests are in mastitis/SCC, responsible use of antibiotic use on farms, nutrition, calf health and nutrition, fertility and genetics.
Lucy McClymont07935 407340
×Lucy graduated from Newcastle University in 2019 with an Honour’s degree in Food Business Management & Marketing, before working for a global dairy cooperative as part of their agricultural team. She has also spent time account managing different retailers with focus on their dairy suppliers. Lucy’s interests include facilitated group work with farmers and processors across the UK. She is also part of the Kite People Team assisting with people management and recruitment.
Ewan McCombe07980 917566
×Ewan is a founding partner of Kite Consulting. He has more than 30 year’s consultancy experience and is recognised within the industry through work with the RABDF, British Grassland Institutes and OMSCO. His specific areas of expertise are farm business management, strategic planning and technical consultancy. Ewan was co-author of the Kite’s ground-breaking Carbon Footprint tool widely used across the industry from McDonalds to Arla as part of their corporate sustainability activities.
Mark Perry07980 917546
×Mark began working as a consultant in 1996 and has wide knowledge of the agricultural industry. Mark has been instrumental in developing Advance Sourcing, which he manages. Mark's specialist skills lie in commodity sourcing; group buying; project management; database development and logistics whilst he also works with large dairy and agribusinesses across the UK.
Maimie Sloan07821 660849
×Maimie graduated from Newcastle University in 2015 with a BSc Agriculture with Hons in Animal Science. Previously working in Devon and Scotland within in the Ruminant feed industry, she is now based in the South West of England with Kite as a technical consultant. She also completed a MSc in Agriculture Professional Practice in 2020 from the University of Glasgow. Her main interests lie in nutrition and improving technical efficiencies on farm.
Emma Turnock07923 221194
×Emma graduated from Harper Adams University in 2019 with a degree in Agri-Business. Since graduating she has been working as an agricultural consultant and joined the Kite team in 2022. Her main areas of interest are farm business management and environmental consultancy. Emma is based in Wiltshire and works across the South West and West Midlands.
Ben Watts07980 917548
×Ben became a consultant in 1996, covering East Anglia, the South East and Lincolnshire. He is responsible for delivering business and technical advice to many of the region's leading mixed farms. Areas of expertise include the management of dairy herds on a variety of production systems with a focus on profitability, nutrition, herd health and fertility, business strategy, financial management. Ben currently works with farmers, agribusinesses, processors and retailers.