Our Team

Advisors

John Handford
Managing Partner & Soft 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
Tim Biddlecombe
Non Executive Chairman
Graduating from Wye College with a degree in Horticultural Business and Management, Tim joined ADAS as a Horticultural Advisor based at Brogdale which in 1975 was the National Fruit Trials. .....Read More
Karen Morgan
Fruit Advisor
Having completed my degree at the University of Reading in 1996, I started working for FAST LLP in 1997. I am an experienced fruit agronomist in soft fruit (strawberries, raspberries, .....Read More
James Shillitoe
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
Luis Felgueiras
Fruit Advisor
Originally from Portugal, I arrived in the UK in 1993. Since then, apart from a bit of travelling to give me the chance to know the country, I spent my .....Read More
Rosie Houston
Fruit Advisor
I am from Tasmania, Australia, and after completing my University degree I became an Agronomist and worked on my family’s salad farm for four years. Moving to England in 2016, .....Read More
Charles Hutton-Squire
Fruit Advisor
With South African origins and British roots, after college Charles worked as a Senior Farm Manager of a top fruit family run farm in the Elgin Valley, near Cape Town .....Read More

Trials Team

Katie Hunt
Deputy Trials Manager
Katie has worked at FAST in the Trials Department since 2015, during which time she has carried out small and large scale trials on top, soft, stone, cane and bush .....Read More

In-house

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
Jade Bolton
Administration Assistant
I grew up in Beckenham and moved to Faversham with my parents in 2001.  I studied Sciences and Animal care at Canterbury College and have over 12 years of Administration experience. .....Read More
Andy Leppenwell
General Assistant
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