2015-07-15   facebooktwitterrss

New Regional Manager for Gleadell’s Northern Office

Graham Hatton has been appointed regional manager for Gleadell’s northern office from July 2015.

Graham will be based in York where he will be responsible for the development of Gleadell’s business across Yorkshire up to the Scottish Borders, including the North West.

Graham Hatton

Graham Hatton

He will also oversee the performance of farm trading staff and the day-to-day running of the office. He will report to Tim Cahalin, Gleadell’s farm trading director.

The move comes at a time when Gleadell is doing more business in the north than ever before.

“The north of England is very valuable in terms of arable cropping,” says Graham. “There are some excellent farmers growing a wide range of crops, so the region is an important market for ex-farm grain purchases as well as seeds and fertiliser sales.”

In return, growers will be dealing with a safe and trusted trading partner, which is owned by global food processing and trading company ADM and Invivo, the leading provider of agricultural goods and services in the EU.

“Gleadell is now the third largest grain buyer in the UK,” says Graham. “We can offer expert market analysis, and being independent we have access to a wide range of key domestic and worldwide markets allowing us to connect growers to the right home.

“We are also becoming one of the leading suppliers of fertilisers and seeds at the farm gate. We source a wide range of high quality fertilisers through trusted partners, and our seeds portfolio stems from our close relationship with leading breeders, enabling us to offer important new varieties early on.

“We pride ourselves in offering a very high level of service to existing customers and a competitive alternative to new ones.”

Graham has been a farm trader to Gleadell for the past five years, where he covered accounts in the West Midlands and North West and was responsible for mentoring trainees in the northern office. He was formerly with Volkswagen Group, and before that studied politics at Lancaster University.

"Although I have no agricultural background, I could see it was an interesting industry. Gleadell is a leading company that gave me the chance to progress and plenty of opportunity to learn,” says Graham.

His promotion reflects Gleadell’s policy to promote from within. Graham succeeds Paul Butler, who helped to establish the Gleadell brand in Yorkshire and the north. Paul will continue to work from the northern office as a farm trader, assisting Graham in his new role.

Paul will also continue in his role of organising training for farm traders and working with Hutchinsons on the Omnia project.


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