We have detailed below the key personnel of The Conant Farming
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
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
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
For more information please contact:
Edward Conant on
01572 737786 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org