Our Team


John Handford
Senior Partner & Fruit Advisor
John graduated from Wye College (University of London) with a BSc (Hons) in Plant Sciences. For the next five years he worked in farm management growing outdoor salad and vegetable .....Read More
Graham Moore BSc MPBR
Partner & Fruit Advisor
Based in the west of England, living in Herefordshire but travelling widely, Graham provides advice to tree and berry fruit growers. Specialising in plant husbandry, fertigation, biological control and modern .....Read More
James Shillitoe BSc Hons (Agric)
Fruit Advisor
Graduating with a BSc (Hons.) in Agriculture from Seale-Hayne Agricultural College (Plymouth Uni.), my first few years of agricultural experience was dominated by livestock, with some arable thrown in for .....Read More
Devon Swart
Fruit Advisor
After completing my schooling, I started working in the agriculture industry. I joined an international soft fruit farm in my hometown of George, Western Cape, South Africa. I then moved .....Read More
Andy Leppenwell
Crop Technician
After leaving school Andy started working for Wakeley Bros in the early 1980’s as a forklift driver, QC and then running the packhouse. He then went on to work for .....Read More


Vikki Watson
Partner / Finance
I joined FAST Ltd in 2005 becoming a Partner in FAST LLP in 2013.  My background is more business than farming, but I found my experience of assisting business start .....Read More
Nick Vaughan
General Manager
After leaving school in the dim and distant past with a clutch of useless O-levels, I completed a light engineering course at Southampton Technical College and then travelled and worked .....Read More
Susan Tong
Office Manager, IT
Sue left Maidstone College back in the late 70’s with secretarial qualifications, her first job was at Guy’s Hospital Medical School which was extremely interesting, but she says she was .....Read More
Mark Botting CSci, CChem, MRSC
Company Analyst
I lived on a mixed fruit, hops, arable, and grassland farm in Kent for the first 20 or so years of my life but was more interested in becoming a .....Read More
Razvan Iorga
Products Manager
After graduating from the University of Bucharest with a bachelor’s degree in Food Quality Control and Safety Technologies, I decided that it would be beneficial to develop new skills within .....Read More
Rachel Rushe
My name is Rachel Rushe, the e is silent and only there thanks to my Irish grandparents wanting to get their post in a town full of Rush’s. I grew .....Read More
Karen Hills
Laboratory Assistant
After leaving school with ‘O’ levels in science and art related subjects, Karen got her first job working in a R & D Laboratory at a Kent Paper Mill where .....Read More
Nigel Baker
Brogdale Farm Manager

National Fruit Collection

Lorinda Jewsbury
Horticultural Curator
I hold an MSc in Renewable Natural Resources and Development, with fieldwork in the forests of Mount Elgon National Park, Uganda.  Following on from this I worked on a research .....Read More
Penny Hale
Assistant Scientific Curator
I carry out the field work and recording of the National Fruit Collection (based in Brogdale, Faversham) in conjunction with Dr Matt Ordidge, who is the Scientific Curator of the .....Read More