How did you get started? I studied for a BSc degree in agricultural chemistry at Wye College and did a PhD in agronomy and soil science at the University of Nottingham.
I then spent five years teaching in the Department of Agriculture & Horticulture. I began my commercial career with a regional agricultural merchant advising farmers and selling seeds, fertilisers and crop protection chemicals.
What advice would you give others starting out? Pick a subject that is in demand, invest time and effort in a good qualification and specialise in an aspect of horticulture or agriculture. Be a team player. But, above all, do something you enjoy.
What does your typical day involve? I am responsible for maintaining our portfolio, the development of new products and the provision of advice about them. This involves working closely with my team to conduct trials in support of sales and the regulatory requirements, preparing technical literature and listening to customers' needs. I also work closely with sales and marketing to ensure we develop the solutions required by customers.
What is the best part of your job? Helping others resolve issues and working with customers and finding the right solutions for their business.
And the worst? Coffee at a motorway service station at 7.30am.
What piece of kit could you not do without? I'd have to say the phone. Email can be a bit terse and it's harder to gauge the reaction to your proposal.
What's your greatest achievement at work? I once won an award (as part of a team) for marketing excellence where product sales doubled in a year.
How do you wind down after a hard day? A walk to the local pub and a pint of best bitter.
What does your future hold? Who knows? We live in challenging times. Technological, financial and legislative challenges will need to be constantly monitored in our industry.