Rupert Hargreaves launched Global Plant Genetics Ltd with co-owner Jamie Petchell after 25 years building one of Europe’s most successful plant nursery and intellectual property businesses. Global Plant Genetics continues to supply plants but now affords the commercial focus to be adding value in the supply chain through Technical endeavours, Intellectual Property Management and Joint Venture businesses.
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Jamie Petchell is co-owner of Global Plant Genetics Ltd. Having both been part of and on the board of a successful asparagus and berry business, Jamie is now focused on the Global Plant Genetics enterprise, recognised across the world. This was both in terms of plant supply and Intellectual Property management.
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.
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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.