Rupert Hargreaves launched Global Plant Genetics Ltd with co-owner Jamie Petchell in 2015. Prior to this, he was a shareholder and Managing Director of one of Europe’s largest berry and asparagus nurseries. In a short space of time, Global Plant Genetics has become one of the world’s leading Intellectual Property companies specialising in strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, grape rootstocks and asparagus.
Background information on Rupert Hargreaves:
Rupert lives in West Norfolk on the coast where he enjoys spending quality time with his son Fred and walking his dog. He can often be found in a swimming pool or sailing and has a strong passion for horse racing which can take him anywhere from Newmarket to Dubai. He is a keen traveller, loves cooking and has an affection for quality wine and fine dining.
Jamie Petchell is co-owner of Global Plant Genetics Ltd. He oversees the company’s operations in asparagus, blackberries and raspberries. This involves working with plant breeders to identify new varieties and then with produce businesses, growers and nurseries worldwide to develop them.
The 5 important things you should know about Jamie:
Paul Ward joined Global Plant Genetics Ltd as technical representative, having previously been a group technical director with a UK berry marketing company. He has gained over 30 years of experience in all technical aspects of a range of crops. These include UK vegetables, glasshouse salads, potatoes from Egypt, Spain and UK, tropical, stone fruit and cherries for Malet Azoulay / UnivegUK worldwide, before moving to berry crops. Motivation: Technical excellence, industry leading innovation and commercial awareness at all times.
The 5 important things you should know about Paul:
Claire Donkin joined Global Plant Genetics as a technical associate, following eight years of experience as an independent agronomy and technical service provider. During this time, she has worked from grower to board level and provided agronomic, post harvest and due diligence guidance over a wide range of speciality crops. These range from protected and open field herbs to stone fruit grown in technical complexity and customer delivery, directly serving several top tier British and European retailers.