Robert was the founder of the business with his wife Val, and initially came up the concept of an oat straw chaff creating the Honeychop brand. In the first few years Robert and Val not only made and bagged the product themselves, but Robert also used to deliver it. Nowadays, Robert still very much has his hand in the business, but takes it a lot easier than he used to, picking and choosing his favourite jobs. In the summer you will often find him out on the combine and if he can not be found on the farm you will more than likely find him on the golf course.
Stephen is Robert’s son and took over the running of the business in 1995 after he qualified from university as an engineer. Stephen has brought a wealth of knowledge to the company and has installed a state of the art packaging machine. He is also very passionate about the environment and has been the driving force behind the Fair to Nature Conservation Grade Scheme on the farm. You will always find Stephen somewhere on the farm whether it be in the Honeychop shed, out doing land work, or creating new wildlife habitats; he’s never too far away.
Rachel joined the company in 2011 and has taken on the day to day running of the office. She is the caring voice on the other end of the phone and is always happy to help. Rachel plays a large part in all aspects of the business from the accounts to marketing; you name it, somewhere along the line it will have passed through her desk. She is not always office bound as sometimes you will find her out and about in the local area visiting stockists. She also has her fork lift licence, so it is not unusual to find her loading lorries in the summer when the rest of the team are busy harvesting.
Jay joined the company as an apprentice. He is our fork lift driver and his job is to load the lorries and keep on top of stock levels and rotation. He is responsible for making sure all pallets are labelled up correctly and get delivered to the right place. He is also training on the farm and would one day like to become a farm worker just like his dad.
Pete works mainly on our farm and is in charge of looking after all our crops. He is always out working in the fields and can be found on various pieces of machinery throughout the year, but his favourite is his John Deere tractor. Pete makes sure that all the crops grown on the farm, including our beloved oat straw are looked after and remain healthy, as we also supply oats to leading feed manufacturers this is a vital role. Without Pete we would have no straw to produce our Honeychop and no porridge for breakfast!
Dena is our Northern Area Sale Manager and has been part of the equine industry for 20 years. Her vast experience and knowledge is crucial to us and all our Honeychop stockists.
Dena has a degree in Equine Science and is always happy to help with any questions you may have. She is loved by many and always remembered for her fashion, and outside of work she has a real creative side, making lampshades and running Colour Me Beautiful workshops.
Susie is our Southern Area Sale Manager and has also been in the equine industry for many years; her previous role was on the pharmaceutical side of the industry. She is the newest member of our team, but is already a real asset. With her contacts in the veterinary world she has access to a wealth of current information and is eager to assist with any issues you may have. Outside of work Susie manages to juggle her two young children along with her horse Holly.