Group Managing Director
Colin joined ADAS in 1978, after graduating from Wye College (London University). Following six years as an agricultural adviser in Lincolnshire, he became an Agronomist, working at Leeds and then Cambridge. He then participated in a Civil Service development programme, which included a spell in MAFF (now Defra) Policy Division in London. On return to ADAS he was appointed to the role of Director of Arthur Rickwood Research Centre. He subsequently held the post of ADAS Quality Manager, before becoming Head of ADAS Horticulture. After privatisation Colin held a number of senior positions within ADAS including heading up the Group’s research business, before joining the Board in 2002 as a Commercial Director responsible for a number of ADAS’s Business Units as well as key Group-wide issues.
Colin was appointed Managing Director for the ADAS Group of Companies in December 2006. In addition to his overall leadership role he has responsibility at Board level for Health and Safety, Ethics and the Quality Management Systems as well as ADAS’s strategic relationships with stakeholders and major clients. Colin is a Chartered Director and a member of the Institute of Biologists and the Association of Applied Biologists.
Group Human Resources Director
Jill graduated from London University with a BSc in Agriculture and began her career working for ICI before completing a Master of Philosophy Degree in Applied Biology at Cambridge University.
Jill joined ADAS as an agricultural consultant in 1984 and worked in various parts of the Group before joining the Central HR and Training team in 1994. Whilst working for ADAS Jill also completed an MBA with the Open University. Jill became HR Manager in 1999, joined the Executive team in 2002 as Head of HR and the Board as Group HR Director in 2010. Jill is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).
Group Finance Director
Michael is a graduate of University College, Cardiff. From 1997 to 2005 he was Finance Director of Shanks Waste Management Ltd, a role that involved the conclusion of three 25-year PFI Local Authority Waste contracts, including the Award winning ELWA contract, and the disposal of Shanks’s Landfill and Renewable Power business to Terra Firma. Michael was a founding director of Avondale Environmental Ltd and has sat on several JV and PFI Boards. He has also held the position of Associate Director at a major, French-owned Life and Pension business and was Finance and Commercial Director at Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd.
Michael has worked with leading private equity organisations on transactions in the environmental sector and has overseen the acquisition and integration of a number of waste management businesses. He joined ADAS in September 2010. Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors
Andrew graduated from Huddersfield University in 1985 with a BSc in Human Ecology, a four-year degree course which included a year working for the British Poultry Federation at what was then MAFF’s ADAS Gleadthorpe experimental husbandry farm. After completing his degree, Andrew returned to ADAS and spent a number of years in poultry consultancy and research roles before taking on the management of both the pig and poultry research sites at Terrington and Gleadthorpe. Whilst working for ADAS Andrew also completed a law degree (LLB Hons) with the Open University.
Andrew was appointed as Business Manager of the Animal Health & Welfare Business Unit in 2003 and joined the ADAS UK Board as an Executive Director in 2010.
Andrew recently took on Board-level responsibility for ADAS’s international business development.