has considerable experience and expertise along the entire food supply chain.
He has been involved in a number of projects looking at farmers working together on marketing ideas and supplying schools with regional produce.
His employment along the food chain has included managing and directing a regional food hub, co-ordinating the supply and delivery of local produce to schools, controlling a manufacturing unit producing hand-made meals and pies for sale through a large food service distribution company and working with the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) carrying out market research.
has successfully obtained funding from DEFRA for marketing, EMDA
for the restoration of redundant farm buildings and Nottinghamshire County Council
for training and marketing.
With 25 years experience in the management and direction of farm supply chain operations, David
has established good links throughout the farming industry, at the same time building up an excellent sales and marketing background in both food and farming.
has been involved in include:
1997 - The development of his
internet business Farming on Line enabled David
to gain a strong working knowledge of the opportunities afforded by the internet and how the farming industry could benefit from this technology
1999 - David
launched a business called UK Countrylife Ltd
which co-ordinated a wide range of regional produce sourced in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire from some 40 different producers.
A range of fresh meat, vegetables, bakery, dairy and other produce was boxed up and delivered to customers’ homes.
In the 18 months after it was first established, “Farmshop Home Delivery” had accumulated nearly 1,200 home customers and delivered local produce to 65 schools in Nottinghamshire proving that a demand for such a service existed in the local area.
2002 - After winning his Nuffield Scholarship, David was invited to talk to Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street about farmers working together on marketing ideas and supplying schools with regional produce.
is still working with Mike Maloney to sell and promote regional meat and bakery products.
More recently David
was instrumental in the setting up and management of Springfield Fine Foods
, a food hub created to source local food for 13 ASDA Stores, which recently featured in Farmers Guardian
. David is continuing to help Springfield develop as a regional hub.
David is also the Chairman of the Flintham & District Ploughing Match & Agricultural Show .