Our experienced agronomy team cover England, Wales and Scotland. With the help of our 5 large distribution depots based across the UK.
Our agronomy team provide the highest level of technical expertise backed up
by our own independent regional crop trials. Please click on the agronomist picture to find out more.
Chris Bean is Technical Director of Zantra, responsible for co-ordinating the company’s nationwide trials and providing our resultant technical focus and ultimate product selection.
He is well known and widely respected in the industry – having been Technical Director at a number of other agronomy suppliers for over 30 years - and delivers a strong technical credibility to our agronomic platform and our agronomy team.
Chris also provides agronomic, field-walking, advice to clients across a wide region from the East Midlands to the south coast, specialising in both field vegetables and arable crops.
Stuart Alkin is one of the senior members of the agronomy team advising customers in Kent and Sussex.
He is also the company’s Agronomy Manager managing the growing number of regional agronomists across the UK; a role that has an increasing emphasis on mentoring and training new recruits.
With a degree in Plant Pathology and Microbiology from Birmingham University, Stuart’s first job was with Chafer, advising on agrochemicals, sprayers and solution liquid fertilisers.
His career path then took him into agrochemical distribution where he held regional field sales management posts with Wilmot Pertwee, UAP and eventually Agrii.
On farm, Stuart focuses on combinable crop agronomy, advising on combinable crop agronomy and agrochemical, seed and fertiliser supply. He also runs the company’s NRoSO training for farmers nationwide.
Charles Starkings operates across the East Midlands and is supported by the company’s headquarters staff and supply service at Great Staughton, Cambs.
In addition to agrochemicals, he offers advice and, where appropriate, supply of fertiliser and seed across all arable crops.
He has the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy, is FACTs qualified and has worked in agronomy since 2005. Before this Charles worked on the family farm and as a sprayer operator.
Charles sees crop nutrition as a key driver to maintaining good plant health and also advises customers on nutrient management planning, spraying techniques and farm legislation.
Darran Moore – who covers Teeside and N Yorkshire - joined Zantra from a local independent agronomy business in 2015.
He supplies a tailored mix of field walking and product support focusing mainly on combinable crops, as well as a slug pelleting and GPS soil sampling service.
Darran is a well established agronomist in the region having previously been employed by CSC CropCare and then, as a result of acquisition, Masstock and Agrii.
He studied Agriculture and Crop Protection at Askham Bryan before working as a driver for the largest contract crop spraying company in Europe. He is BASIS and FACTs qualified.
Geoff Hull joined Zantra in 2012 as commercial manager and now provides agronomy and technical support across Lincolnshire.
He has a long career in agriculture having worked in agrochemical manufacturing and sales since 1969.
This included twenty years with Zeneca (Farm Protection) as an area manager and a similar length of time with United Phosphorus where he was UK manager.
Prior to joining Zantra, Geoff was commercial manager at UAP. His current on-farm agronomy focus is on combinable crops and sugar beet.
Trainee agronomist, Jenny Lee, joined Zantra in 2017 from British Sugar where she completed their graduate training scheme.
A biology graduate from Somerville College, Oxford, she is passionate about British farming and studied subjects as diverse as crop science, ecology and soils before deciding on a career in agriculture.
Jenny has worked as a trials assistant with both NIAB at Cambridge, primarily on oilseed rape and ADAS at Rosemaund, including cereal fungicide assessment.
At British Sugar, she took on a range of responsibilities across the sugar beet calendar, including harvester testing, supporting the contract process, soil sampling and coordinating LimeX distribution out of Newark Factory.
Jenny, who is BASIS and FACTS qualified, joined Zantra to move into agronomy and she will be supporting head office and the regional agronomy teams across the UK before taking on her full agronomist role.
Supported by the company’s depot near Shrewsbury, John Hood mainly covers Cheshire and Lancs, but also N Shropshire and Staffordshire.
John has a Diploma in Agriculture from Reaseheath and started work as a trials officer with NW Agronomy where he became BASIS qualified.
From there he moved into farm management in mid Cheshire, setting up and running a spray contracting business at the same time.
John joined Zantra in 2015 from another agrochemical supplier and offers a full agronomy service across combinable crops, potatoes and maize, as well as providing farm management and environmental stewardship advice.
Kevin joined Zantra in 2014 and offers agronomic advice and agrochemical supply to clients across the SE of England. His particular expertise is in combinable arable crops, vegetables and protected salads.
He gained a BSc in Ecology and Crop Protection from Plymouth University and then completed a Masters at Wye College in Applied Plant Sciences before undertaking post graduate research in the role of climate change on meadow ecosystems at Imperial College.
A farmers son – originally from southern Africa – with a strong practical background, Kevin also worked for twelve years in the service sector as managing director of a business advising the food supply sector.
Kevin is BASIS and FACTs qualified and his work in soil ecology and climate change gives him specific expertise on the role of cover cropping and cultivation in providing sustainability and resilience in farming systems.
Merf has a wide range of clients mainly across Shrops, Staffs, Worcs but also as far afield as the Hereford, the Cheshire borders and North Wales.
A farmer’s son from N Wales (and a fluent welsh speaker), he graduated from the University of Wales – Bangor in 1977 with a BSc Hons in Agriculture and has worked in farm supply ever since.
His career started with twelve years at Farm Protection – now Syngenta – after which he co-established Yield Care in Shropshire.
More recently he has worked as an agronomist with Independent Agriculture, UAP and then Agrii. He joined Zantra in Jan 2014 and focuses on combinable crop and root crop agronomy and grassland.
Paul Furneaux was one of the first agronomists to join Zantra and specialises in arable crop agronomy, advising farmers in north and east Kent.
Brought up on a farm in Essex, he worked as a combine driver and sprayer operator – as well as milking a large dairy herd - for two years after leaving school.
After studying agriculture at Writtle College, Paul started he career in agronomy with Dalgety, and then Wilmot Pertwee, UAP and Agrii.
He is widely regarded locally as a specialist in cereal and oilseed rape crop protection and BASIS and FACTs qualified.
Richard Beaumont is a long established agronomist working across East Kent advising on a wide range of combinable crops, potatoes and onions.
A Herefordshire farmer’s son, he has a degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wales, and a diploma in farm management from Seale Hayne.
Richard moved to Kent when he joined ADAS as an agricultural advisory officer, before joining Wilmot Pertwee – subsequently UAP and Agrii – and then Zantra as one of their first agronomists.
He offers a wide range of advice – in own words, ‘across the A to Z of farming’ – including budgeting, crop nutrition and seed selection.
Stan Harrison operates across a wide geographic area of combinable crops from Thaxsted in Essex, south to Rye in Sussex.
A Cumbrian farmer’s son, he studied Agricultural Sciences at Wye College in the 90s before taking up a farm management role in Zimbabwe.
Upon returning to the UK, Stan worked for Wilmot Pertwee – subsequently UAP and Agrii – before joining Zantra in 2013.
He is BASIS, FACTs and BETA qualified, and offers a wide range of advice on farm, from nutrient planning to the adoption of no-till and cover crop systems.
Based in the Chew Valley in N Somerset, Steve Riches is an agronomist with seven years experience operating across the south and south east of England.
An arable specialist, Steve also has expertise in maize and biogas crop production. He will also offer seed and fertiliser to farmer customers.
Prior to pursuing a career in agronomy he worked in contract spraying for twenty years and was a regional winner of the Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year. As a result, customers can draw upon his practical farming background and considerable spray application knowledge
Steve is BASIS and FACTs qualified and draws product from the company’s regional depot in Hampshire.
Tim Bullock covers the SW of England most notably Wilts, Glos, Oxon and N Somerset.
He is BASIS and FACTs qualified and well established in the region, having joined Zantra in 2015 from another leading agrochemical supplier where he had been technical support manager.
Tim provides agronomy support and agrochemical supply across all combinable crops as well as maize and grass. An ex farm manager, he backs this with practical farm management advice where appropriate.