Meet our speakers
Jill Hewitt is CEO of the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) and is passionate about all things farming, valuing her role at the NAAC as being able to influence the industry and make positive change for the contracting sector.
Jill grew up on a farm in Lincolnshire, is a Winston Churchill Memorial Scholar and has completed the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) Leadership Development Programme. She is also a Fellow of the IAgrM.
Jill Hewitt will be chairing the ‘Road rules and red diesel’ seminar at 10.30 am.
Steve Clarke is HMRC Oils & Fuel Duty Policy Lead
Steve Clarke will be speaking at the ‘Road rules and red diesel’ seminar at 10.30 am.
James Brannan is Senior Policy Advisor within the HMRC’s Oils & Fuel Duty Policy Team.
James Brannan will be speaking at the ‘Road rules and red diesel’ seminar at 10.30 am.
Tim Stephens is a Wessex Water catchment advisor working with farmers across Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire to reduce losses of nitrogen and phosphorus to water and specialises in soil, nutrient and manure management.
Tim Stephens will be chairing the ‘Alternatives to artificial fertiliser’ seminar at 11.30am
Pawel Kisielewski co-founded and has been the CEO for the last six years of CCm Technologies, an award-winning climate change and Ag-tech company. CCm has been part of the Sustainable Markets Initiative since its foundation in 2021 by the former HRH Prince of Wales. With over 25 years investment banking experience in capital raising in the institutional, public and early-stage private markets, Pawel ran Global Technology Equity Sales at Merrill Lynch and was head of Credit Suisse First Boston’s and Deutsche Bank’s London-based Pan-European Equity Sales. At the start of his career, Pawel served with H.M. Forces for six years in Germany, Cyprus and the UK.
Pawel Kisielewski will be speaking at the ‘Alternatives to artificial fertiliser’ seminar at 11.30am
Dr Marie Kirby is a lecturer and researcher at Harper Adams focused on developing novel pathways to assign value to agricultural residues and by-products, helping to reduce farming’s carbon footprint.
Dr Marie Kirby will be speaking at the ‘Alternatives to artificial fertiliser’ seminar at 11.30am
In 2009 Guy Gillmore set up The Good Heat Company with a colleague. Initially the firm concentrated on solar thermal (aka solar hot water) installations. Since then the business has expanded into solar PV, heat pumps, biomass boilers (log and wood pellet) but now the main focus is on consultancy work. Guy grew up on a small beef farm and studied engineering at university before returning to the farm. With the outbreak of foot and mouth he started working on construction sites, leading on to train as a plumber hence the initial focus on solar hot water.
Guy Gillmore will be speaking at the ‘On-farm energy production’ at 1pm.
Cherry is a Senior Development Manager at Belltown Power UK. She has over 10 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry, currently focused on utility scale ground mounted solar projects across the UK. Belltown Power has a pipeline of over 1GW of renewable energy projects across the UK.
Cherry Hall will be speaking at the ‘On-farm energy production’ seminar at 1pm.
Stuart is a farmer’s son and accountant who has now built 800 acres of solar farms around the UK as well as putting panels on ten Amazon warehouses and numerous Tesco superstores. His latest venture is Push Flex, installing batteries for commercial and industrial customers including farmers. Most customers can be off grid for many months of the year, and batteries can take you off grid at the most expensive times of day – all year round.
Stuart Bradshaw will be speaking at the ‘On-farm energy production’ seminar at 1pm.
Kevin and Katie Hoare are dairy farmers in south east Cornwall renting 134acres from Cornwall county council and supplying milk to Arla. For the last year they’ve been operating a methane-fuelled New Holland tractor with gas produced on farm from slurry using the Bennamann system.
Kevin and Katie Hoare will be speaking at the ‘Alternative fuels for farm machinery’ at 2pm.