Lying on my back in the middle of the Sahara Desert at 21 I wrote 10 life aims. Across the top was 'Do something remarkable Dammit!' I think it had a swear word in it too. The thought was driven by a yet unexplained fear of mediocrity, then by a sudden realisation that I had been born incredibly lucky compared to so many. I was obligated to max every minute, to share this good fortune, and create more wherever I could. Then came the slower deduction that to do this required doing something remarkable, not leading a normal life... you have to be different, to pursue difference, to go outside convention. I have tried to pass on this approach to maxing life, living once, to Haygrove, and to attract people who have the same desire. I am trying to instil the same in my children (who only listen intermittently).
Sean Tager, was born in South Africa and after completing his management accountancy studies in 1996, left Cape Town to travel and work abroad.
Sean was first employed by Haygrove in 1997 for 3+ years in the UK. After a few years in the vehicle business back home, he returned to Haygrove, to pioneer the South African berry business, today known as Haygrove Heaven. Based in Hermanus , Sean continues to lead Haygrove's South African farming interests and more recently heads up the newly established Haygrove Africa business.
Sean has three young children and loves a bit of African adventure.
A farmer's son from Dorset, after completing his agricultural degree James trained as an agronomist, going on to run regional agronomy & technical management for a leading UK potato company; before becoming Group Technical Director of one of then-largest UK fresh produce suppliers, importing from approximately 25 countries.
James joined in 2008 and now has responsibility for 8 operational sites and over 1,300 staff at peak; and as Haygrove Growing Group Commercial Director he also has responsibility for the marketing & distribution of our fruit grown in South Africa, Portugal, and the UK.
Outside of work James enjoys sport (of all types, but particularly hockey) and outdoor activities; especially with his family, including three highly energetic young sons!
Richard joined Haygrove in 2015, and is in charge of 3BL numbers (People, Planet, Profit).
Having started out with Ernst & Young Richard moved into commercial business with Kraft Foods in London, working in their Middle East & Africa division.
He then spent ten years working in the Middle East working for Kraft Foods, The Jumeirah Group and a Family investment business focussed on the restaurant industry.
A strong believer in leadership and coaching, Richard is also a Chartered Accountant and Qualified Internal Auditor.
Richard is married with two young daughters. In 2016, 'Commander Mills' led a Haygrove Team of six people in a 54 mile hiking race in the hills of southern Scotland, and managed to crawl across the line.
Sean studied modern history at the University of St Andrews. He joined Unilever as a Graduate Management Trainee and worked in the Agricultural Division until acquired by Monsanto in 1998.
While with Monsanto from 1998-2016, Sean held an assortment of senior roles in USA, Belgium, Spain, Canada and The Netherlands, before returning to the UK and taking over as MD of Growing Systems in 2016.
Sean is married to Garden Designer Gill. They have two daughters who are currently at university (Josie studying Law and Millie studying Fine Art). Sean is passionate about his dogs and fly fishing.
Ian has been a non-Executive Director of Haygrove since it was founded - He and Angus threw buns at each other in college.
Ian is a co-founder of Caplor Horizons, a not-for-profit organisation, created to help charities think differently about themselves and the new horizons that they face. It also provides opportunities for those able and willing to contribute their time and expertise for the lasting benefit of society. For 16 years prior to this, Ian was CEO of Concern Universal, an international development charity.
Ian is a specialist in strategy. He has a successful track-record in leadership and management. Ian has a PHD in strategy and holds an Honorary position at Worcester Business School.
Married with grown up children, Ian started young and already has grandchildren.
Bev is Group HR Director at G's, Europes largest farming business, working closely with the owners. She has a BSc in Agriculture and previously, she was Head of HR for M&S Retail. She is also a Director of Management Development Services Ltd (MDS) and a visiting lecturer at London’s CASS Business School, delivering leadership and team training to post-graduate students.
Beverly enjoys playing polo, dog walking and is a phenomenal cook (apparently).
Bruce has experience covering production agriculture - cereals, livestock and game farming. He has worked in senior roles in investment banking relating to food and agribusiness, commodities and environmental markets.
Bruce currently sits on the board of MP Evans a London Plc plantations company, is chairman of Climate Mundial a regulated corporate finance boutique specialising in environmental finance and sits on the board and advises Generation10 a big data and software company specialised in commodity logistics, traceability and ag data management.
He has known the "Eccentric Chairman" for longer than they both would care to admit.