After graduating from the Scottish Agricultural College with a degree in Agriculture Nici started her potato career with McCain Foods Seed Potato Business in Montrose. Gaining experience in all aspects of seed potato production she held posts of both Operations Manager and Production manager over an 11 year period. Nici joined Grampian Growers as Field Production manager in 2017 where she is responsible for the production of potatoes from their members and manages the GPS breeding programme. She is married with two young children and enjoys playing hockey and coaching swimming in her spare time.
After graduating from Aberdeen University, I spent a couple of years as Assistant Farms Manager at Strathmore Estates, Glamis before starting my career in potatoes with Nickerson Seeds supervising their own growing seed area. Following a brief spell in Yorkshire, again with Nickersons, I returned home to become Managing Director at A.J.Allan, where I remained until the company was sold to IPM in 2012. Currently I am Commercial Director at J & E Smillie, Perth responsible for their own growing and the marketing of the production from a growers’ group, A & F Growers.
I started in the industry from school, doing various jobs from delivering to shops through to trading, I then joined Hilliard and Porter as Yorkshire Manager for 6 years, followed by 26 years as General Manager at Ibbotsons Produce seeing the business grow from packing 50t per week to 800t with responsibility for purchasing, transport, seed and the Colton Group, McCain Account. For the last 5 years, I have been Key account manager at Wolds Produce involved with the production of potatoes for crisp factories, ware/seed Trading and the Alpha Group, McCain account. I have been married to Kath for 43 years and we have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.
Robin was born and raised on a farm in South Africa, he moved to the UK in 2001. After studying at Bishop Burton he has spent in excess of 14 years in the potato industry. Robin spent 8 years potato trading for a supermarket packer. He then joined Agrinite in 2014, where he is now a partner. Always working to engage the next generation of growers and customers. Robin is married to Hannah and has 11 year old twins he also is a keen sportsman including Triathlons, Rugby & Golf.
I started in the potato industry in 1992 working for Branston Potatoes Ltd, as an Agronomist in the earlier years then taking on seed management as well where I was responsible for seed production, sales and variety development. In 2012 I moved to KWS UK to take over as the Product Manager for potatoes looking after variety selection from the Dutch breeding programme for the UK market and the seed production programme in Scotland and England. In 2016 STET BV bought out the potato breeding programme from KWS and I joined STET in the same year starting the UK company as the Managing Director.
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After studying for a National Certificate and a National Diploma in Agriculture at the Lincolnshire College of Agriculture I joined KP Agriculture in the mid 1990’s to supply crisping potatoes to their factory. In the 2000’s KP Agriculture was taken over by Higgins which enabled me to monitor and advise on potato crops grown for seed and also chipping, alongside the crisping contracts.
In 2007 I moved to Lambweston to help produce and maintain their grower base on new varieties and increase their production in the UK. This involved extensive travel to Europe and also to America.
In 2017 I moved to RS Cockerill at York to broaden my knowledge and experience of the ware trade side of the industry.
I am married to Fran, live in Beverley in Yorkshire, have a daughter Scarlett, son Archie, plus step daughters Becky and Ellen.
Joined BPTA Council in the summer of 2018.
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At the BPTA AGM on 6th July outgoing President Russ Kelsey announced the result of the BPTA Council Election 2016.
There were 3 vacancies on Council. The vacancies arose from the normal retiral of Graham Bennett, Jim McCreight and Andrew Skea.
Two nominations for Council were received from the membership which meant that for the second consecutive year but only the second time in the history of BPTA there was the need for an election. Ballot papers were issued to the membership and 39 were returned by deadline of 6pm on 27th June 2016 representing an turnout of 36% of the electoral roll. The following is the result of the ballot:
McGOWAN Sandy 34 votes Elected
SKEA Andrew 23 votes Re-elected
CLIFFE Angela 22 votes Elected
BENNETT Graham 21 votes Not elected
McCREIGHT Jim 7 votes Not elected
Sandy McGowan (Grampian Growers Ltd) and Angela Cliffe (Branston Ltd) have therefore joined Council.
and Andrew Skea has been re-elected
Graham Bennett and Jim McCreight step down from Council and were thanked for their service.
Graeme Prentice (left) is congratulated on becoming the 6th President of the British Potato Trade Association by Russ Kelsey who becomes the BPTA’s immediate Past President. The handshake took place at Ibbotsons, Tadcaster where the Association held its 10th AGM on 6th July 2016.
Paul Wood replaces Graeme as Vice-President
and Jonathon Rooke was installed as Deputy Vice-President.
The Association Secretary is on holiday and then at British Potato at Harrogate on 13th November. The BPTA Office will be closed until Monday 15th November 2015. If your business is urgent phone 07518404330 and leave a message.
The Association Secretary is attending the BPTA RUCIP Training Event on 21st and 22nd October and BPTA Council meeting on 23rd October 2015. The BPTA Office will be closed until Monday 26th October 2015. If your business is urgent phone 07518404330 and leave a message.
It was with regret that Council heard of the recent death of John Nightingale. John passed peacefully in his sleep last week at the age of 82. He had been suffering poor health of late.
John’s career in the industry spanned from 1982 starting with Pattullo Higgs before moving to the potato section of the Ross Group (who ultimately became Greenvale) until his retirement around 2000.
He served on NASPM Council and chaired its Education & Entertainment Committee for many years. The Association Secretary has written to John’s daughter, Charlotte to express condolences on behalf of BPTA Council and membership.
The BPTA AGM 2015 was held at SASA, Edinburgh on 1st July 2015 with 10 member companies in attendance and another 10 member companies voting by proxy. President Russ Kelsey welcomed Miriam Doe (WCF Horticulture Ltd) onto Council and paid tribute to Tony Barnes who has stepped down. The AGM approved all 3 motions – to accept the 2014-15 accounts; to re-appoint Henderson Loggie as the Association’s accountants and to maintain 2015-16 membership subscriptions at 2014-15 levels..
Russ Kelsey delivered his address to the AGM and a copy can be accessed by following the link below. Following the AGM John Speirs of the Scottish Government delivered a presentation on Plant Health. A copy of this presentation will be posted on the BPTA website shortly.
Notice is given of the BPTA AGM 2015 on 1st July 2015 and an Invitation extended to the associated buffet luncheon at SASA, Edinburgh. Luncheon from 1pm and AGM commences at 2pm. Following the AGM there will be a presentation on EU Plant Health proposals. For more details and an application form see Flyer below.
The Association Secretary is accompanying BPTA President Russ Kelsey and BPTA Europatat Committee Chairman Colin Herron to the Europatat Congress in Dusseldorf, Germany on 7th & 8th May 2015. Therefore the BPTA Office is closed until Monday, 11th May 2015.
BPTA in association with SASA is running a Tuber Classification Training Refresher Course on Tuesday 4th November 2014 at Gogarbank, Edinburgh. The delegate fee including lunch, refreshments and Vat is £240. If you are interested please contact the BPTA Secretariat at email@example.com 0131 623 0183. Further details and an application form can be found in the links below.
The BPTA Secretary is attending Potato Europe at Hanover, Germany and is then on holiday. Consequently the BPTA Office is closed. The office will be open on Friday this week for a short period between 10 am and 12 noon and will then close again until Monday 15th September 2014. If your business is urgent please phone the BPTA Secretary on 07518 404330.
The 8th Annual General meeting of the Association took place on 1st July 2014 at Boston West Golf Club, Hubbert’s Bridge, Boston, Lincolnshire. There were 16 attendees representing 15 member companies and therefore the required quorum of 14 was achieved.The meeting heard Andrew Skea deliver his second and final Report of Council – a copy of which can be found in the ‘members-only’ area of the website. A motion to adopt the Association’s Accounts for the year to 31st March 2014 was proposed by Gerard Croft, seconded by Colin Herron and approved by the meeting. Andrew Skea also proposed that Henderson Loggie should be appointed as the Association’s accountants for the year to 31st March 2015. This motion was seconded by Tony Barnes and approved by the meeting. Andrew Skea introduced the Association’s Budget for 2014-2015 and explained a proposal to introduce a new lower bandwidth of 0-500 tonnes of seed potatoes for the calculation of membership subscriptions provided that the qualifying member did not trade more than 2,000 tonnes of ware potatoes. A 3% increase in BPTA membership subscriptions across the board was also proposed to match inflation and to create a reserve equivalent to one year’s trading.The motion was proposed by Tony Barnes, seconded by Paul Wood and carried by the meeting.The 5 Council members who were required to retire all offered themselves for re-election and there was one new nomination received from the membership. As there was also a resignation all 6 nominations were accepted without the need for an election. John Addams-Williams, Nigel Allam, Tony Barnes, Gerard Croft and Paul Wood will remain on Council and will be joined by Jonathon Rooke of HZPC UK Ltd who will fill the vacancy created by Philip Burgess’ resignation following his appointment with the Potato Council. Lastly, Andrew Skea installed Russ Kelsey as the 5th President of the Association. Graeme Prentice becomes Vice President and Paul Wood the Deputy Vice President. Russ thanked Andrew for his Presidency and closed the meeting by inviting Caroline Evans, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at the Potato Council to speak to the meeting. A formal minute of the AGM will be sent to members shortly.
The BPTA Secretary is travelling today to Boston, Lincolnshire prior to attending BPTA Council meeting and BPTA AGM tomorrow. Therefore the BPTA office is now closed until 8.30am on Thursday 3rd July 2014. I shall have intermittent access to email during this period. If your business is urgent please call 07518 404330 and if necessary leave a message.
The Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) Potato Sub-committee is pleased to invite you to attend the Potato Winter Meeting at The James Hutton Institute, Dundee DD2 5DA on Monday 24 March 2014.
The programme can be found by following the link below.
Please note that this meeting is free for SSCR members but there is a £15 attendance fee for non-members. Membership of SSCR costs £15 a year and there will be the opportunity to join at the meeting.
Attendees are requested to pre-register.
Please confirm your attendance to: Sharon Neilson, Events Co-ordinator, The James Hutton Institute, Dundee DD2 5DA Tel: 01382 568 750 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgBASIS points have been applied for and will be available to attendees on the day
President Andrew Skea and Secretary, Charlie Greenslade are attending Fruit Logistica in Berlin 4th-6th February 2014 and will represent BPTA at Europatat’s Seed and Packers Commission meetings. As a consequence the BPTA office will be closed until Monday, 10th February 2014.
The Council of the British Potato Trade Association has adopted new Rules of Arbitration to replace the current ‘Arbitration Rules of The British Potato Trade Association’ which have been in use since 2007.The new Rules of Arbitration complement the new BPTA Terms and Conditions for the Purchase and Sale of Seed Potatoes which were introduced from 1st May 2012. The new Rules of Arbitration will apply to all new arbitrations commenced with effect from 1st January 2013. A copy of the new Rules of Arbitration can be viewed on and downloaded from the ‘Contracts’ page on the BPTA Website – www.bpta.org.uk/bpta_contracts.php – or on application to the Association Secretary.The 2007 Arbitration Rules of The British Potato Trade Association will continue to apply to all arbitrations commenced up to and including 31st December 2012.
The 6th Annual General meeting of the Association took place on 4th July 2012 at Boston West Golf Club, Hubbert’s Bridge, Boston, Lincolnshire. A disappointing turnout saw only 13 attendees representing 12 member companies and proxy votes were necessary in order to achieve the required quorum of 14.The meeting heard Gerard Croft deliver his second and final Report of Council – a copy of which will be posted in the ‘members-only’ area of the website.A motion to adopt the Association’s Accounts for the year to 31st March 2012 was proposed by Andrew Skea, seconded by David Murdie and approved by the meeting. Andrew Skea also proposed that Henderson Loggie should be appointed as the Association’s accountants for the year to 31st March 2013. This motion was seconded by Tony Barnes and approved by the meeting.Andrew Skea introduced the Association’s Budget for 2012-2013 and proposed a 10% increase in BPTA membership subscriptions to provide sufficient funds to cover committed expenditure on the completion of work on the new BPTA Terms and Conditions for the Purchase and Sale of Seed Potatoes and on legal advice regarding the updating of the BPTA Arbitration Rules. The motion was seconded by David Murdie and carried by the meeting.The 3 Council members who were required to retire all offered themselves for re-election and as no nominationss were received from the membership all were re-elected. Martin Cockerill (R S Cockerill (York) Ltd), Colin Herron (Messrs. McCain Potatoes) and Vincent Lumb (Pan European Potato Enterprise Ltd) will therefore remain on Council. Graeme Skinner (The Kent Potato Company Ltd) tendered his resignation from Council as he has left employment within the industry. Gerard Croft paid tribute to his long service including his Presidency of NASPM during the negotiations leading to the formation of the BPTA.Lastly, Gerad Croft installed Andrew Skea as the 4th President of the Association. Russ Kelsey becomes Vice President and Graeme Prentice Deputy Vice President.Andrew thanked Gerard for his Presidency which will be long remembered for steering through the new BPTA Terms and Conditions for the Purchase and Sale of Seed Potatoes.
BPTA launches new Terms and Conditions for the Purchase and Sale of Seed Potatoes
The Council of the British Potato Trade Association has adopted new ‘Terms and Conditions for the Purchase and Sale of Seed Potatoes’ to replace the current ‘BPTA Terms and Conditions of Purchase for Seed Potatoes’ and the current ‘BPTA Terms and Conditions of Sale for Seed Potatoes’, which have been in use since 2007. The new Terms and Conditions, produced in conjunction with the NFU, better reflect the current trading environment for seed potatoes and will be available for use from 1st May 2012.BPTA Terms and Conditions and the Arbitration Rules of the BPTA together with notes on their use are made available to everyone athttp://www.bpta.org.uk/bpta_contracts.php as well as to Members in the Members’ Only section of the website. These documents are copyright and, unless otherwise licensed for use by the BPTA, are for the use of Members only.The BPTA is a member organisation of Europatat and the following link will take you to the Europatat Website –http://www.europatat.org/en/ – where may be found the Rules & Practices of the Inter-European Trade in Potatoes (’Rucip Rules’).
The long planned merger of the major players in the GB seed potato trade has come to fruition with the National Association of Seed Potato Merchants and the Scottish Potato Trade Association uniting under the banner of the British Potato Trade Association (BPTA).BPTA represents all aspects of potato production and sales, at home and in the export market, and offers comprehensive seed trade representation. BPTA’s 120 members handle 250,000 – 300,000 tonnes seed annually – the bulk of seed potatoes traded in Great Britain for both home and export markets.Launching the new organisation, BPTA President, Dublin based John Bell of Irish Potato Marketing Ltd said, “The seed trade is now speaking with one voice. BPTA will have a new strength and influence in negotiations with government, British Potato Council, NFUs and other bodies. The arrival of BPTA on the scene is well timed, right now, when – with major plant health issues facing the whole GB industry and the current movement towards harmonisation of the Scottish and English & Welsh seed classification schemes – there is an increasing need for a strong GB-wide representation to government.”BPTA’s affiliation to Europatat will benefit member ware traders and seed exporters by offering access to RUCIP rules in their dealings with other member nations. Further advantage will come to the industry in having common, nationally accepted, Conditions of Sale and Purchase, dispute resolution arrangements and arbitration system.