The Team

Management

Edward Conant
Edward Conant
Managing Partner
Edward trained as a Chartered Surveyor. He takes overall responsibility for the business. Amongst other varied roles and Trusteeships, he uses his extensive experience to operate the expansive family-owned Lyndon Estate.
James Green
James Green
Farms Director
Joining in 2015 as Farms Manager, James has applied his Business Management Degree and previous farming experience to push us forward. He has an infectious energy and enthusiasm to learn, do things right and share knowledge.
Matt Franks
Matt Franks
Farms Manager
Living and breathing farming! Matt spent many years working in the region before joining us in 2015 as Farms Foreman. Proving to be a good fit with our business, he has taken on additional duties, including staffing and machinery.

Our staff members are integral to everything we achieve and aspire.

They represent our can-do mindset and passion for excellence.

Agriculture is a rewarding yet rigorous industry to work in, requiring a positive mentality, an almost uniquely broad skill set, and carrying a lot of personal responsibility through extended seasonal working.

For example, we expect any of our workers to grab a broom and carry out the seemingly humble task of sweeping the yard, but that ensures it remains rodent-free; thus, it is as important as making a solid weld or programming and monitoring a half million-pound piece of kit.

We take an unequivocal approach to training, health and safety, and general well-being.

With our capable team, we plan meticulously year-round to maximise the return from the land whilst caring for this precious resource.

Prioritising how we protect all aspects of our working environment, respecting those we interact with operationally, and diligently using and maintaining machinery and on-farm assets, are all fundamentals of our methodology.

Advisers

Neil Simmonds
Neil Simmonds
Business Consultant
Having managed over 3000ha before setting up as a Farm Business Consultant 15+ years ago, Neil has provided us with invaluable commercial farming advice and financial guidance for many years. He continues to be vital to our organisation.
Agronomist
Agronomy Team
Soil Management
Crop Production
We employ professional agronomy services to draw on leading technical expertise and trial data. Finding solutions and making critical decisions is paramount importance across all the farms we manage.

Administration

Justine Conant
Justine Conant
Accounting & Budgeting
Based at our central office, Justine prepares the accounts for Conant Farming and, where necessary, all of the businesses that operate within it. She also looks after the same for the residential and commercial property estate at Lyndon.
Amanda Preston
Amanda Preston
Administration
In a wide-ranging role at our central office, Amanda is responsible for our day to day administration, primarily invoicing and payroll. She utilises Landmark Estate Management Software so we can effectively monitor business performance.

We are eternally grateful, particularly to many of our long-standing employees; their knowledge, work ethos, and enthusiasm has driven forward those joining us in more recent times as our operations have expanded.

Thanks to everyone involved, we can forge new and strengthen extended customer alliances by delivering quantifiable improvements and results, despite the ever-changing business landscape so often shaped by external policies and climatic conditions.

Skilled Arable Operators

Maurice Bateman
Maurice Bateman
Crop Spraying & Harvesting
Having worked on a neighbouring estate farm for over 20years, Mo joined us when we took on the management of that back in 2003! He takes on the demanding lead spraying role and operates one of our combine harvesters.
Phill Bates
Phill Bates
Cultivations & Maintenance
Working with our former FD for twelve years before joining us in 2007. Phill has a high level of expertise in everything he does. He primarily runs one of our cultivation rigs and takes the lead in the workshop; there’s not much he can’t fix!
Tom Franks
Tom Franks
Harvesting & Multi-Skilled
Operating one of our combine harvesters, Tom’s training also provides backup for cultivation and application activities as necessary. He has adapted well to the scale of our operations since joining the company in 20??.
Michael Gardner
Michael Gardner
Cultivations & Maintenance
Joined us in 2020. Specialist operator of our Class Axion 960 and Mzuri drill. Proven workshop skills at base and out in the field.
Graham Spires
Graham Spires
Reserve Pilot
Primarily working at Lyndon, Graham becomes a vital member of our harvest team, where he’s steadfast on grain carting duties. His knowledge of all the farms also allows him to effectively supply seed and fertiliser to the fields whenever called on.
Rhys
Rhys
Apprentice
Living close to one of our larger contract farms, Rhys was eager to get some experience during harvest. He is now at agricultural college and remains involved spending several days working with us with a view to future employment.

Working for us! Although we are not currently seeking staff, we are pleased to hear from motivated individuals interested in working with us in the future on a full-time, part-time or seasonal basis.

The Team

Management

Edward Conant
Edward Conant
Managing Partner
Edward trained as a Chartered Surveyor. He takes overall responsibility for the business. Amongst other varied roles and Trusteeships, he uses his extensive experience to operate the expansive family-owned Lyndon Estate.
James Green
James Green
Farms Director
Joining in 2015 as Farms Manager, James has applied his Business Management Degree and previous farming experience to push us forward. He has an infectious energy and enthusiasm to learn, do things right and share knowledge.
Matt Franks
Matt Franks
Farms Manager
Living and breathing farming! Matt spent many years working in the region before joining us in 2015 as Farms Foreman. Proving to be a good fit with our business, he has taken on additional duties, including staffing and machinery.

Our staff members are integral to everything we achieve and aspire.

They represent our can-do mindset and passion for excellence.

Agriculture is a rewarding yet rigorous industry to work in, requiring a positive mentality, an almost uniquely broad skill set, and carrying a lot of personal responsibility through extended seasonal working.

For example, we expect any of our workers to grab a broom and carry out the seemingly humble task of sweeping the yard, but that ensures it remains rodent-free; thus, it is as important as making a solid weld or programming and monitoring a half million-pound piece of kit.

Advisers

Neil Simmonds
Neil Simmonds
Business Consultant
Having managed over 3000ha before setting up as a Farm Business Consultant 15+ years ago, Neil has provided us with invaluable commercial farming advice and financial guidance for many years. He continues to be vital to our organisation.
Agronomist
Agronomy Team
Soil Management
Crop Production
We employ professional agronomy services to draw on leading technical expertise and trial data. Finding solutions and making critical decisions is paramount importance across all the farms we manage.

We take an unequivocal approach to training, health and safety, and general well-being.

With our capable team, we plan meticulously year-round to maximise the return from the land whilst caring for this precious resource.

Prioritising how we protect all aspects of our working environment, respecting those we interact with operationally, and diligently using and maintaining machinery and on-farm assets, are all fundamentals of our methodology.

Administration

Justine Conant
Justine Conant
Accounting & Budgeting
Based at our central office, Justine prepares the accounts for Conant Farming and, where necessary, all of the businesses that operate within it. She also looks after the same for the residential and commercial property estate at Lyndon.
Amanda Preston
Amanda Preston
Administration
In a wide-ranging role at our central office, Amanda is responsible for our day to day administration, primarily invoicing and payroll. She utilises Landmark Estate Management Software so we can effectively monitor business performance.

We are eternally grateful, particularly to many of our long-standing employees; their knowledge, work ethos, and enthusiasm has driven forward those joining us in more recent times as our operations have expanded.

Thanks to everyone involved, we can forge new and strengthen extended customer alliances by delivering quantifiable improvements and results, despite the ever-changing business landscape so often shaped by external policies and climatic conditions.

Skilled Arable Operators

Maurice Bateman
Maurice Bateman
Crop Spraying & Harvesting
Having worked on a neighbouring estate farm for over 20years, Mo joined us when we took on the management of that back in 2003! He takes on the demanding lead spraying role and operates one of our combine harvesters.
Phill Bates
Phill Bates
Cultivations & Maintenance
Working with our former FD for twelve years before joining us in 2007. Phill has a high level of expertise in everything he does. He primarily runs one of our cultivation rigs and takes the lead in the workshop; there’s not much he can’t fix!
Tom Franks
Tom Franks
Harvesting & Multi-Skilled
Operating one of our combine harvesters, Tom’s training also provides backup for cultivation and application activities as necessary. He has adapted well to the scale of our operations since joining the company in 20??.
Michael Gardner
Michael Gardner
Cultivations & Maintenance
Joined us in 2020. Specialist operator of our Class Axion 960 and Mzuri drill. Proven workshop skills at base and out in the field.
Graham Spires
Graham Spires
Reserve Pilot
Primarily working at Lyndon, Graham becomes a vital member of our harvest team, where he’s steadfast on grain carting duties. His knowledge of all the farms also allows him to effectively supply seed and fertiliser to the fields whenever called on.
Rhys
Rhys
Apprentice
Living close to one of our larger contract farms, Rhys was eager to get some experience during harvest. He is now at agricultural college and remains involved spending several days working with us with a view to future employment.

Working for us! Although we are not currently seeking staff, we are pleased to hear from motivated
individuals interested in working with us in the future on a full-time, part-time or seasonal basis.

The Team

Representing our dedicated approach and 'passion for excellence', all staff members are integral to everything the company has achieved and aspires to accomplish in the future. The team has gradually expanded as we've taken on further contracts and seasonal staff assist at harvest time.

Management

Name:Edward Conant
Joined:1958!
Role:Managing Partner
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Name:James Green
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Name:Matt Franks
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Edward Conant oversees the management of Conant Farming, ultimately in charge of overall policy and corporate financing. He is also the owner of Lyndon Estate in Rutland.
Our Farms Director, James Green, pushes the company forward with his progressive approach to estate-scale farm management, ensuring we satisfy and exceed our customers' expectations.
Taking the lead on the ground is Farms Manager Matt Franks. Reporting to James, he is responsible for day-to-day operations, staffing, machinery, crop storage and on-farm assets.
Management team members are BASIS and FACTS registered.

Advisers

Name:Neil Simmonds
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Role:Farm Consultant
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We employ the services of Neil Simmonds, a well-informed agricultural consultant who has provided us with valuable financial guidance and general farming advice for many years. Neil has ample hands-on experience, having himself managed over 3000ha.
Professional Agronomy helps guide our decision-making process; selecting crop varieties and rotations, soil management techniques, product applications etc. Calling on specialist support from various providers is critical for large scale farming operations like ours; it pools together a depth of knowledge and helps us scientifically monitor the impact of our interventions.

Administration

Name:Justine Conant
Joined:1990
Role:Accountant
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Name:Amanda Preston
Joined:2010
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Name:Carrie Watson
Joined:2018
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All administrative activities take place at our Lyndon based Estate Office. In addition to handling our accounts and clerical obligations, Justine, Carrie and Amanda also look after contract farm governance on a farm by farm basis, at any given level requested by the customer.
Utilising shared staffing expertise and resources operating market-leading software such as Gatekeeper and Landmark, allows us to manage and monitor all aspects of our operations.

Skilled Arable Operators

Name:Maurice Bateman
Joined:2003
Role:Skilled Operator
About:
Conversant in all aspects of farming, Mo leads our spray applications and is responsible for one of our combine harvesters.
Name:Phill Bates
Joined:2007
Role:Skilled Operator
About:
Our workshop guru! Phill, keeps us moving! He also operates the Quadtrac during cultivation and drilling seasons.
Name:Tom Franks
Joined:2017
Role:Skilled Operator
About:
Taking on various farm tasks, Tom is fully trained on the reserve spraying rig and also operates one of our combine harvesters.
Far more than the 'arable operator' title suggests, our crew members all possess a varied skill set that is almost unique to agriculture, with wide-ranging technical and mechanical abilities.
Despite carrying a lot of personal responsibility through extended seasonal hours, speak to any of our employees, and they'll tell you how rewarding the agricultural industry is to work within.
They all contribute hugely with their positive energy and can-do ethos. Thanks Team CFCO!
Name:Michael Gardner
Joined:2020
Role:Skilled Operator
About:
Michael handles various cultivation duties with the Claas Axion, including strip-till drilling. Also adept in the workshop.
Name:Graham Spires
Joined:1993
Role:Farm Support
About:
When we are under the cosh, Graham switches from estate work to help with grain carting and supplying seed & fertiliser.
Name:Rhys
Joined:2021
Role:Farm Apprentice
About:
Showing good aptitude during harvest, Rhys now spends a few days with us whilst also attending agricultural college.

Working for us!

Although we are not currently seeking staff, we are pleased to hear from motivated individuals interested in working with us in the future on a full-time, part-time or seasonal basis.

The Team

Representing our dedicated approach and 'passion for excellence', all staff members are integral to everything the company has achieved and aspires to accomplish in the future. The team has gradually expanded as we've taken on further contracts and seasonal staff assist at harvest time.

Management

Name:Edward Conant
Joined:1958!
Role:Managing Partner
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Name:James Green
Joined:2015
Role:Farms Director
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Name:Matt Franks
Joined:2015
Role:Farms Manager
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Edward Conant oversees the management of Conant Farming, ultimately in charge of overall policy and corporate financing. He is also the owner of Lyndon Estate in Rutland.
Our Farms Director, James Green, pushes the company forward with his progressive approach to estate-scale farm management, ensuring we satisfy and exceed our customers' expectations.
Taking the lead on the ground is Farms Manager Matt Franks. Reporting to James, he is responsible for day-to-day operations, staffing, machinery, crop storage and on-farm assets.
Management team members are BASIS and FACTS registered.

Advisers

Name:Neil Simmonds
Joined:????
Role:Farm Consultant
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Name:Agronomy Team
Role:Production Advice
About:
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  • Info Line Seven
We employ the services of Neil Simmonds, a well-informed agricultural consultant who has provided us with valuable financial guidance and general farming advice for many years. Neil has ample hands-on experience, having himself managed over 3000ha.
Professional Agronomy helps guide our decision-making process; selecting crop varieties and rotations, soil management techniques, product applications etc. Calling on specialist support from various providers is critical for large scale farming operations like ours; it pools together a depth of knowledge and helps us scientifically monitor the impact of our interventions.

Administration

Name:Justine Conant
Joined:1990
Role:Accountant
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Name:Amanda Preston
Joined:2010
Role:Administrator
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Name:Carrie Watson
Joined:2018
Role:Administrator
Likes:
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Dislikes:
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All administrative activities take place at our Lyndon based Estate Office. In addition to handling our accounts and clerical obligations, Justine, Carrie and Amanda also look after contract farm governance on a farm by farm basis, at any given level requested by the customer.
Utilising shared staffing expertise and resources operating market-leading software such as Gatekeeper and Landmark, allows us to manage and monitor all aspects of our operations.

Skilled Arable Operators

Name:Maurice Bateman
Joined:2003
Role:Skilled Operator
About:
Conversant in all aspects of farming, Mo leads our spray applications and is responsible for one of our combine harvesters.
Name:Phill Bates
Joined:2007
Role:Skilled Operator
About:
Our workshop guru! Phill, keeps us moving! He also operates the Quadtrac during cultivation and drilling seasons.
Name:Tom Franks
Joined:2017
Role:Skilled Operator
About:
Taking on various farm tasks, Tom is fully trained on the reserve spraying rig and also operates one of our combine harvesters.
Far more than the 'arable operator' title suggests, our crew members all possess a varied skill set that is almost unique to agriculture, with wide-ranging technical and mechanical abilities.
Despite carrying a lot of personal responsibility through extended seasonal hours, speak to any of our employees, and they'll tell you how rewarding the agricultural industry is to work within.
They all contribute hugely with their positive energy and can-do ethos. Thanks Team CFCO!
Name:Michael Gardner
Joined:2020
Role:Skilled Operator
About:
Michael handles various cultivation duties with the Claas Axion, including strip-till drilling. Also adept in the workshop.
Name:Graham Spires
Joined:1993
Role:Farm Support
About:
When we are under the cosh, Graham switches from estate work to help with grain carting and supplying seed & fertiliser.
Name:Rhys
Joined:2021
Role:Farm Apprentice
About:
Showing good aptitude during harvest, Rhys now spends a few days with us whilst also attending agricultural college.

Working for us!

Although we are not currently seeking staff, we are pleased to hear from motivated individuals interested in working with us in the future on a full-time, part-time or seasonal basis.