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.
Susie is our South East Territory manager and many of you will know her already. After obtaining a degree in Biology, she worked for seven years for a well-known horse feed company and a further seven years within the Equine Veterinary Industry, so she has a wealth of knowledge and always happy to assist with any issues you may have. Outside of work Susie doesn’t spend the time riding and competing which she enjoyed before children – now its leading the children round at pony club!
Area Sales Manager for the North of England, Patrick joined the team last year and is proving to be a real asset to Honeychop. A true horseman, Patrick has fourty-six years’ experience in the horse feed industry. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin, with a degree in Business Studies, before running a National Hunt yard in Ireland as assistant trainer and as a jockey racing both over hurdles and on the flat. In the UK, Patrick raced in Point to Points and rode out for trainer Bill Haigh for twenty-five years. He’s the friendly face you may bump in to out and about and he’ll always be happy to answer any feed related questions you may have.