We have detailed below the key personnel of The Conant Farming Company LLP.

The Farms are managed by Keith Dove, Farms Director assisted by James Green, Farm Manager with Matt Franks, Farm Foreman, Maurice Bateman and Phill Bates, additional help is taken on at harvest.

We are confident that we have built up a professional, multi-disciplined and hard working team with a wealth of experience in all aspects of agriculture.


EDWARD CONANT - Managing Partner. Chartered Surveyor  Employment: Smiths Gore, Chartered Surveyors 1981 - 1991 Associate Partner  Owner and manager of the Lyndon Estate.  Partner: The Conant Farming Company LLP Lyndon Farms West Laughton Farm Swineshead Farms  Trustee of: Aslackby Estate - Talisman Investments Ltd  Bulwick and Harringworth Estates - The Conant Settled Estate  Burghley Estate - Cecil Estate Family Trust

KEITH DOVE - Farms Director. HND in Agriculture BASIS qualified. Employment: Sentry Farming Regional Manager (1984-1997). Agricultural business owner (1997-2007). After working with a large farming group, Keith set up his own Agricultural contracting and Estate management business overseeing 1100 ha for a number of Clients. Keith joined us in 2007 bringing with him a wealth of experience in large agri-business.

JAMES GREEN - Farm Manager. Reading University - BSc Agricultural Business Management. Writtle Agricultural College - BTEC National Diploma in Agriculture. BASIS and FACTS registered. James joined us in 2015 from a joint venture farming enterprise based in North Essex.

NEIL SIMMONDS - Farm Business Consultant. HND in Agriculture BASIS professional register FACTS qualified Neil has seven years experience as a Farm Manager, culminating in the management of 7,500 acres before setting up as a Farm Business Consultant, specialising in commercial farming, financial management and agronomy.

ANDY HUYTON - Agronomist. One of the countries most experienced agronomists working for the Frontier Agriculture Crop Protection Team. Andy has provided advice to us as a business or on an individual farm basis since our inception. We have found him to be invaluable providing us with sound, professional advice. Working for Frontier gives him and us access to the latest crop production technology through their trials programme.


MATT FRANKS - Farm Foreman. National Certificate in Agriculture - Sawtry Agriculture College and Brooksby Agricultultural College. Joined us in 2015 having worked for Philip Hirst at Henry Hirst Farms for many years growing a wide range of crops including Sugar Beet, Potatoes, Wheat, barley, OSR and Beans. Responsible for the Quadtrac Team and machinery maintenance.

MAURICE BATEMAN - Senior Tractor Driver. Maurice worked for the Haywood Family at Gunthorpe for over twenty years before joining us in 2003 as part of the farm re-organisation. He brought with him very considerable experience in all the different disciplines that are required on a modern farm. In particular he plays a leading role in carrying out the spraying and fertiliser spreading in the growing season as well as operating the Claas Lexion 580 combine during harvest.

PHILL BATES - Senior Tractor Driver. National Certificate in Agriculture. City & Guilds of London Institute - Grouped Course Certificate in General Agriculture, Stage One. Brooksby Agricultural College - Phase Three and Phase Four Certificate in Agriculture and Horticulture Business Management. Phill worked with Keith Dove at Glenside Farming for twelve years before joining us in 2007 bringing with him a high level of competence and expertise in everything he does. His principal role is to drive the Challenger MT 856B; being responsible for the majority of the heavy cultivation work that takes place on the farms. He's also fully versed in spraying and fertiliser spreading as well as turning his hand to the numerous other tasks that are required.


JUSTINE CONANT - Accounting and Budgets. Justine's principal role is the preparation of the accounts for Conant Farming and the businesses that operate within it. She also has overall responsibility for preparing and managing the budgets.

AMANDA PRESTON -Administrator. Brooksby College - National Certificate for Farm Secretaries. Amanda is responsible for the administration of Conant Farming including all the wages and invoicing as well as general office management. Within her remit she operates Farm Business Manager collating and processing the farm data allowing us to monitor costs and expenditure.

For more information please contact:
Edward Conant on 01572 737786 or e-mail: