THE TEAM AT ALLANHILL FARMING CO.

  • John Mitchell
    Director

    John has farmed Allanhill as an arable business for over 30 years.  He diversified into game farming, supplying shooting estates, in the early 1980s and then moved into soft fruit production in 1995.

  • Lucy Mitchell
    Director

    Originally a linguist, Lucy worked in international sales before starting Allanhill Farm Shop in 2001.  The shop and café are designed to showcase Allanhill fruit to locals and visitors during the summer season.

  • Tom Wood
    Soft Fruit Manager

    Tom grew up on a farm in Cambridge before completing a Management Trainee Scheme in 2002 and spent several years learning his trade on fruit farms around the UK. He joined Allanhill as Soft Fruit Manager in 2007. Tom manages all aspects of the soft fruit business.

  • George Kelman
    Arable Manager

    George has worked in agriculture all his life.   After working in Angus and Fife, George came to Allanhill as Arable Manager in 1999. He is the longest serving member of the team and manages all aspects of the arable business, maintains all machinery and organises spraying of the strawberry crops.

  • Graham Stewart
    Assistant Soft Fruit Manager

    Graham joined the team at Allanhill in 2001, previously working on another fruit farm in Fife. Graham assists the Soft Fruit Manager in the everyday management of labour and oversees all aspects of irrigation and fertigation of the strawberry crops.

  • Ventsi Boyadzhieva
    Worker Liaison/accounts/payroll

    Ventsi is Bulgarian, and came to the farm as a picker in 2007. She has experienced many roles on the farm including Packhouse Manager for two seasons. Now Ventsi is office-based, liaising with and recruiting all the seasonal workers and taking care of wages.

  • Jackie Currie
    Office administrator/accounts/compliance

    Jackie started with us at Allanhill in 2003, initially as our sole administrator. Today, she takes care of the Allanhill Farm accounts and ensures all our documents are compliant with current legislation and customer requirements.

  • Carlos Estanqueiro
    Tunnel Manager

    After working on several fruit farms around the country, Carlos joined Allanhill in 2014. Originally from Portugal, Carlos now manages the Tunnel Team, responsible for ensuring all of the tunnel operations are efficient and working to a tight schedule.

  • Andreea Sticlaru
    Farm Shop Manager

    Andreea is from Romania and arrived at Allanhill in 2008, and was one of our top pickers.   She was asked to join the team at the Farm Shop, serving customers and baking delicious cakes. Andreea now leads that team, striving to provide excellent customer service.

  • Alper Cholokov
    Tractor/Sprayer Operator

    Alper is Bulgarian and arrived in 2006 to pick strawberries. He joined the Tunnel Team, began operating machinery and became a full-time tractor operator. He now sprays all the strawberry crops and also works with the Arable Team, cultivating and harvesting the crop. He also assists with the maintenance all of the tractors and machinery.

  • Minko Troanski
    Irrigation Team Leader

    Originally from Bulgaria, Minko irrigated crops on another fruit farm before arriving at Allanhill in 2008. He is now responsible for irrigating and feeding all of the strawberry crops, and ensuring his team are taking the best possible care of the plants.

  • Plamen Boyadzhiev
    Packhouse Manager

    Plamen is from Bulgaria. He arrived at Allanhill in 2006 as a picker, joined the Tunnel Team, eventually joined the Packhouse Team and is now Packhouse Manager. Plamen and his team ensure all of our strawberries are of the required standard, ready for supermarket shelves.

  • Irek Bochniak
    Campsite Manager

    Irek is Polish and came as a picker in 2010. He became a Harvest Supervisor, then was promoted to Campsite Manager in 2015, responsible for accommodation, induction training and assisting with recruitment.

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