THE WORLD LEADING MISCANTHUS SPECIALIST

Terravesta is cutting emissions and replacing the dependence on fossil-fuels with a regenerative, natural solution – Miscanthus.

Our vision is to develop plants which store carbon, improve our soils, enhance biodiversity and, to grow new sustainable markets, materials and products.

Terravesta Performance Hybrids are key players in the climate change revolution…

 

FIND OUT HOW


 

MEET THE TEAM

Hamish Bichan FINANCE DIRECTOR
William Cracroft-Eley CHAIRMAN
George Robinson MANAGING DIRECTOR
Nat Le Roux NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Alex Robinson CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Simon Calder PRODUCTION & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Dr Michael Squance SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR
Dr Jason Kam R&D MANAGER
Antonella Iurato PLANT BREEDING & SEED PRODUCTION MANAGER
Alison Fisher OPERATIONS & SALES ADMINISTRATOR
Debbie Bringloe OFFICE MANAGER
Tracy Devlin-Gray HEAD OF ACCOUNTS
Andrzej Matyjewski HEAD OF EUROPEAN OPERATIONS
Sophie Wilesmith PR & COMMUNICATIONS
Pepper, Bessie, Orla & Dill OFFICE PETS
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Dr Jason Kam

R&D MANAGER

Jason is a scientist with a background steeped in academia. He’s spent his career specialising in the study of farmed crops and among his many scientific accolades is achieving a PhD looking at molecular responses to drought in wheat. Jason first worked on Miscanthus research in 2016 and is now relishing the opportunity to transfer scientific knowledge into practical uses for Miscanthus which benefit our environment.


To speak to Jason click here
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Fun Facts

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME
I am Australian
GUILTY PLEASURE
Gun-Fu movies
FAVOURITE FOOD
Mum's home cooked meals

Dr Jason Kam

R&D MANAGER

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Jason is a scientist with a background steeped in academia. He’s spent his career specialising in the study of farmed crops and among his many scientific accolades is achieving a PhD looking at molecular responses to drought in wheat. Jason first worked on Miscanthus research in 2016 and is now relishing the opportunity to transfer scientific knowledge into practical uses for Miscanthus which benefit our environment.


To speak to Jason click here

Fun Facts

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME
I am Australian
GUILTY PLEASURE
Gun-Fu movies
FAVOURITE FOOD
Mum's home cooked meals
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Antonella Iurato

PLANT BREEDING & SEED PRODUCTION MANAGER

Antonella’s role is key to upscaling Miscanthus crops around the world to meet increased demand. Her main objective is to find exciting new seed-based Miscanthus Performance Hybrids to suit different climates and markets. She manages seed production and harvest which takes her to many locations, but mainly Catania on Sicily’s east coast. Antonella is a qualified agronomist and is also completing a PhD on ‘Investigating the biological potential of Miscanthus seed production in Southern Europe’…she really knows her stuff!

To speak to Antonella click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Pizza
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
Being happy with what I do
MOTO TO LIVE BY
Hakuna Matata

Antonella Iurato

PLANT BREEDING & SEED PRODUCTION MANAGER

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Antonella’s role is key to upscaling Miscanthus crops around the world to meet increased demand. Her main objective is to find exciting new seed-based Miscanthus Performance Hybrids to suit different climates and markets. She manages seed production and harvest which takes her to many locations, but mainly Catania on Sicily’s east coast. Antonella is a qualified agronomist and is also completing a PhD on ‘Investigating the biological potential of Miscanthus seed production in Southern Europe’…she really knows her stuff!

To speak to Antonella click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Pizza
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
Being happy with what I do
MOTO TO LIVE BY
Hakuna Matata
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Hamish Bichan

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Hamish Bichan has enjoyed consultancy, advisory and executive management roles in agriculture for over 25 years. He is an active member of the Terravesta management team, assisting with strategy implementation, budget forecasting and reporting and helping to maintain an effective supply chain, from farmers right through to end users.

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Hamish Bichan

FINANCE DIRECTOR

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Hamish Bichan has enjoyed consultancy, advisory and executive management roles in agriculture for over 25 years. He is an active member of the Terravesta management team, assisting with strategy implementation, budget forecasting and reporting and helping to maintain an effective supply chain, from farmers right through to end users.

To speak to Hamish click here
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William Cracroft-Eley

CHAIRMAN

Since planting Miscanthus at home in 2006 and realising its excellent potential as a stable farm enterprise on difficult land, William has made it his mission to bring order and transparency to Miscanthus supply.

William established Terravesta Ltd in 2012 to deliver a secure and reliable national contract-based supply chain and develop the market for Miscanthus as the UK's no.1 energy crop.

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William Cracroft-Eley

CHAIRMAN

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Since planting Miscanthus at home in 2006 and realising its excellent potential as a stable farm enterprise on difficult land, William has made it his mission to bring order and transparency to Miscanthus supply.

William established Terravesta Ltd in 2012 to deliver a secure and reliable national contract-based supply chain and develop the market for Miscanthus as the UK's no.1 energy crop.

To speak to William click here
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George Robinson

MANAGING DIRECTOR

With an enduring interest in the environment and sustainability, George brings extensive marketing and management expertise to Terravesta. He has over 20 years experience in owning and running major food and drink retail and manufacturing operations and has seamlessly transferred these skills to the agricultural sector. George has a natural pioneering spirit, unflinching tenacity and a strong belief in his cause, and these qualities have been a major driving force in the continued success of Terravesta.

To speak to George click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Dambusters Ale
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
I’m still alive!
HIDDEN TALENT
Harmonica

George Robinson

MANAGING DIRECTOR

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With an enduring interest in the environment and sustainability, George brings extensive marketing and management expertise to Terravesta. He has over 20 years experience in owning and running major food and drink retail and manufacturing operations and has seamlessly transferred these skills to the agricultural sector. George has a natural pioneering spirit, unflinching tenacity and a strong belief in his cause, and these qualities have been a major driving force in the continued success of Terravesta.

To speak to George click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Dambusters Ale
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
I’m still alive!
HIDDEN TALENT
Harmonica
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Nat Le Roux

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nat joined the Terravesta team in September 2018 after investing in the business. He’s a financial whizz, having spent most of his career in financial markets and held the position of chief executive of IG Group as well as independent director of the London Metal Exchange. No stranger to the agricultural world, he now farms in East Suffolk and he joins the Terravesta board alongside positions of chairman for Scotgold Resources and strategy director of the Constitution Society, which he co-founded. Nat is highly experienced, and we’re pleased to have him on board as a driving force in shaping the Miscanthus bio-economy.
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Artisan British cheese
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Carpe diem
FAVOURITE SONG
'Don't you want me' - Human League (1981)

Nat Le Roux

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Nat joined the Terravesta team in September 2018 after investing in the business. He’s a financial whizz, having spent most of his career in financial markets and held the position of chief executive of IG Group as well as independent director of the London Metal Exchange. No stranger to the agricultural world, he now farms in East Suffolk and he joins the Terravesta board alongside positions of chairman for Scotgold Resources and strategy director of the Constitution Society, which he co-founded. Nat is highly experienced, and we’re pleased to have him on board as a driving force in shaping the Miscanthus bio-economy.

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Artisan British cheese
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Carpe diem
FAVOURITE SONG
'Don't you want me' - Human League (1981)
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Alex Robinson

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Alex steers the Terravesta ship and leads the execution of the business strategy to deliver the board's vision. He plays a vital role in managing the diverse and growing Terravesta team. Having been with Terravesta since its inception, he's helped to establish a strong market position, ensuring Terravesta and Miscanthus remain at the forefront of the global bio-economy. He's a clear, ambitious thinker and brings out the very best in his fantastic team.

To speak to Alex click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Home made pasta
GUILTY PLEASURE
Gardeners' Question Time
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Never assume anything

Alex Robinson

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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Alex steers the Terravesta ship and leads the execution of the business strategy to deliver the board's vision. He plays a vital role in managing the diverse and growing Terravesta team. Having been with Terravesta since its inception, he's helped to establish a strong market position, ensuring Terravesta and Miscanthus remain at the forefront of the global bio-economy. He's a clear, ambitious thinker and brings out the very best in his fantastic team.

To speak to Alex click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Home made pasta
GUILTY PLEASURE
Gardeners' Question Time
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Never assume anything
Back

Alison Fisher

OPERATIONS & SALES ADMINISTRATOR

Alison has now been managing and supporting Terravesta growers for 2 years, handling virtually all the contracts we produce and liaising daily with our processing plants. She is the first port of call for any grower or collection enquiry and is a vital cog within the operations team.

To speak to Alison click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Dry white wine (can I have one now please?)
GUILTY PLEASURE
McDonalds
SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME
I used to play the bagpipes when I was a teenager (wouldn’t have enough puff to play them now)

Alison Fisher

OPERATIONS & SALES ADMINISTRATOR

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Alison has now been managing and supporting Terravesta growers for 2 years, handling virtually all the contracts we produce and liaising daily with our processing plants. She is the first port of call for any grower or collection enquiry and is a vital cog within the operations team.

To speak to Alison click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Dry white wine (can I have one now please?)
GUILTY PLEASURE
McDonalds
SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME
I used to play the bagpipes when I was a teenager (wouldn’t have enough puff to play them now)
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Debbie Bringloe

OFFICE MANAGER

Debbie manages the vital link between our growers, hauliers and end markets. She's pivotal in ensuring that the collection and delivery of bales from farm into energy plants and processing facilities runs smoothly and is all accounted for. Debbie also manages the growers and haulier's invoices and payments.

To speak to Debbie click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Jack Daniels and diet coke (with ice please)
HIDDEN TALENT
I can touch my nose with my tongue
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Treat people as you wish to be treated yourself

Debbie Bringloe

OFFICE MANAGER

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Debbie manages the vital link between our growers, hauliers and end markets. She's pivotal in ensuring that the collection and delivery of bales from farm into energy plants and processing facilities runs smoothly and is all accounted for. Debbie also manages the growers and haulier's invoices and payments.

To speak to Debbie click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Jack Daniels and diet coke (with ice please)
HIDDEN TALENT
I can touch my nose with my tongue
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Treat people as you wish to be treated yourself
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Tracy Devlin-Gray

HEAD OF ACCOUNTS

Tracy has a keen eye for detail and is meticulous in her approach to accounting. With a diverse background in sales, marketing and strong accounting experience, she has a keen understanding of business workings. Tracy maintains a high standard of accounting methods and principals and provides invaluable support to the department.

To speak to Tracy click here
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Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
Cheese with salt and vinegar crisps
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Try to do something new everyday
I'M AFRAID OF
Team building days involving sailing

Tracy Devlin-Gray

HEAD OF ACCOUNTS

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Tracy has a keen eye for detail and is meticulous in her approach to accounting. With a diverse background in sales, marketing and strong accounting experience, she has a keen understanding of business workings. Tracy maintains a high standard of accounting methods and principals and provides invaluable support to the department.

To speak to Tracy click here

Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
Cheese with salt and vinegar crisps
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Try to do something new everyday
I'M AFRAID OF
Team building days involving sailing
Back

Simon Calder

PRODUCTION & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Simon is putting Miscanthus on the world stage. His job is to continue to advance the Miscanthus bio-economy by taking new varieties and upscaling them for a plethora of applications including bioenergy, biofuels and biomaterials. He has an impressive track record of establishing new markets and was pivotal in the development, scale up and commercialisation of beetroot juice under the “LoveBeets” brand, which is available in over 9.5 thousand retail outlets across North America today. His career has come full circle and he’s back in the renewable energy sector, having originally done his MBA at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, with a thesis focused on long term buyer-supplier relationships within the UK biomass industry.

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Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
A weeks fly-fishing in Scotland,
(my wife hates fly-fishing so this has to be my guilty pleasure)!
MOTTO TO LIVE BY
The cure for idleness is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity…
FAVOURITE BOOK
First Light by Geoffrey Wellum

Simon Calder

PRODUCTION & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

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Simon is putting Miscanthus on the world stage. His job is to continue to advance the Miscanthus bio-economy by taking new varieties and upscaling them for a plethora of applications including bioenergy, biofuels and biomaterials. He has an impressive track record of establishing new markets and was pivotal in the development, scale up and commercialisation of beetroot juice under the “LoveBeets” brand, which is available in over 9.5 thousand retail outlets across North America today. His career has come full circle and he’s back in the renewable energy sector, having originally done his MBA at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, with a thesis focused on long term buyer-supplier relationships within the UK biomass industry.

To speak to Simon click here

Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
A weeks fly-fishing in Scotland,
(my wife hates fly-fishing so this has to be my guilty pleasure)!
MOTTO TO LIVE BY
The cure for idleness is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity…
FAVOURITE BOOK
First Light by Geoffrey Wellum
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Dr Michael Squance

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR

Mike heads up our ambitious science and research programme and oversees the development of new innovative technologies such as our ‘Harvest Hub’ information management platform. An IT genius, Mike overcomes any technical challenge we throw at him and manages all of our digital infrastructure. He also has an in-depth understanding of Miscanthus breeding, having formerly worked on the ‘GIANT LINK’ seed breeding project we ran with Aberystwyth University.


To speak to Michael click here
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Fun Facts

I’M AFRAID OF
The internet going down at Terravesta
HIDDEN TALENT
Playing the keyboard and cornet
GUILTY PLEASURE
Table top gaming

Dr Michael Squance

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR

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Mike heads up our ambitious science and research programme and oversees the development of new innovative technologies such as our ‘Harvest Hub’ information management platform. An IT genius, Mike overcomes any technical challenge we throw at him and manages all of our digital infrastructure. He also has an in-depth understanding of Miscanthus breeding, having formerly worked on the ‘GIANT LINK’ seed breeding project we ran with Aberystwyth University.


To speak to Michael click here

Fun Facts

I’M AFRAID OF
The internet going down at Terravesta
HIDDEN TALENT
Playing the keyboard and cornet
GUILTY PLEASURE
Table top gaming
Back

Andrzej Matyjewski

HEAD OF EUROPEAN OPERATIONS

Andrzej has worked in the agricultural biofuels sector for over ten years and has a strong background in biotechnical engineering. Based in Poland but frequently in the UK, his role is to deliver high quality, sustainable and completely traceable feedstocks and maintain a robust miscanthus supply chain between Eastern Europe and the UK.

To speak to Andrzej click here
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Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
Don’t feel guilty about pleasures!
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Use common sense!
I'M AFRAID OF
Stupidity

Andrzej Matyjewski

HEAD OF EUROPEAN OPERATIONS

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Andrzej has worked in the agricultural biofuels sector for over ten years and has a strong background in biotechnical engineering. Based in Poland but frequently in the UK, his role is to deliver high quality, sustainable and completely traceable feedstocks and maintain a robust miscanthus supply chain between Eastern Europe and the UK.

To speak to Andrzej click here

Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
Don’t feel guilty about pleasures!
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Use common sense!
I'M AFRAID OF
Stupidity
Back

Sophie Wilesmith

PR & COMMUNICATIONS

Sophie is mad about writing, the environment and agriculture, which is the perfect mix for her role as ‘the voice of Terravesta’. Her background is in agricultural marketing and PR and before joining our team she worked for a leading agricultural PR agency. Sophie writes our newsletters, our news features in the press, our marketing literature and manages the social media, in fact she pretty much has a handle on most of the stuff we put out to the world!

To speak to Sophie click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
G&T with lemon and lime
HIDDEN TALENT
I bake a good loaf
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving

Sophie Wilesmith

PR & COMMUNICATIONS

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Sophie is mad about writing, the environment and agriculture, which is the perfect mix for her role as ‘the voice of Terravesta’. Her background is in agricultural marketing and PR and before joining our team she worked for a leading agricultural PR agency. Sophie writes our newsletters, our news features in the press, our marketing literature and manages the social media, in fact she pretty much has a handle on most of the stuff we put out to the world!

To speak to Sophie click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
G&T with lemon and lime
HIDDEN TALENT
I bake a good loaf
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving
Back

Pepper, Bessie, Orla & Dill

OFFICE PETS

We love pets and have regular visits from our canine and feline favourites. Pepper is an easy going Parson Russell Terrier and a wise old girl with the right idea about how to spend her day. She mostly chills out with the girls in the accounts office, where she reclines in peace with the occasional bit of fuss (and ham). Dill the golden Cocker is less wise, thanklessly bounding around to find food, or looking for Orla, her apprentice. Orla, the Terrier pup is the youngest and she and Dill are as thick as thieves. Bessie used to be more of an office regular before Orla and Dill arrived, now seldom seen, she can be found hunting in the long grass.
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Fun Facts

PEPPER
Parsons Russell Terrier, 12 years old, leader of the pack
DILL
Cocker Spaniel, 1 year old, the underdog
ORLA
Mix of Border, Lakeland, Jack Russell & Yorkie Terrier, 6 months old, Dill's understudy
BESSIE
Semi feral cat, 12 years old, not a team player

Pepper, Bessie, Orla & Dill

OFFICE PETS

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We love pets and have regular visits from our canine and feline favourites. Pepper is an easy going Parson Russell Terrier and a wise old girl with the right idea about how to spend her day. She mostly chills out with the girls in the accounts office, where she reclines in peace with the occasional bit of fuss (and ham). Dill the golden Cocker is less wise, thanklessly bounding around to find food, or looking for Orla, her apprentice. Orla, the Terrier pup is the youngest and she and Dill are as thick as thieves. Bessie used to be more of an office regular before Orla and Dill arrived, now seldom seen, she can be found hunting in the long grass.

Fun Facts

PEPPER
Parsons Russell Terrier, 12 years old, leader of the pack
DILL
Cocker Spaniel, 1 year old, the underdog
ORLA
Mix of Border, Lakeland, Jack Russell & Yorkie Terrier, 6 months old, Dill's understudy
BESSIE
Semi feral cat, 12 years old, not a team player
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