Working across agritech, at home and abroad we know that, regardless of size, many of our clients face similar challenges. In a landscape that’s experiencing seismic shifts due to technological advances, climate change and new partnerships and alliances, companies have to think innovatively and work flexibly. At Eden, we understand these changes and the challenges they bring and are committed to supporting our clients as they adapt and flourish.

If you’re looking to appoint a new person to your leadership or management team both locally or globally, please get in touch with one of our agritech executive search consultants.

Our specialists

David Buck
Having joined Eden in 2014, David was the architect of establishing Eden’s Agricultural division leading the team to make it the executive search businesses of choice operating in the UK sector. During this time, David has cemented many very strong strategic client relationships and assisted his clients in recruiting and developing their successful senior teams. Most recently David has evolved his role from delivering on day to day projects to a broader role as Development Director, a strategic business development role supporting Eden as we scale up our business in the UK and Internationally.

Darren Houghton

As Director and Head of Agritech, Darren is focused on finding senior level executive, and non-executive, leaders for complex businesses that are seeking to tackle challenges of growth or succession. Darren is passionate about the world of agriculture and is interested in the connectivity between crop production, research, and technology to solve the problems of today such as food security and climate change. He has an extensive track record of supporting some of the leading agricultural research and commercial businesses, across the World, in the search for important decision-makers and technical experts. This often involves interfacing with CEO’s, Scientists and Academics in both the Board Room and the Field.

Joe Redfern

As Associate Director, Joe is focused on developing our market-leading search offering for the international agritech and agrichem markets. Before joining Eden, Joe spent three years in a mid-sized executive search business, serving international clients and has a passion for the industry that is firmly rooted in his upbringing on his family’s farm.

David Buck
Development Director

David Buck

Development Director

Having joined Eden in 2014, David was the architect of establishing Eden’s Agricultural division leading the team to make it the executive search businesses of choice operating in the UK sector. During this time, David has cemented many very strong strategic client relationships and assisted his clients in recruiting and developing their successful senior teams. Most recently David has evolved his role from delivering on day to day projects to a broader role as Development Director, a strategic business development role supporting Eden as we scale up our business in the UK and Internationally.

Prior to joining Eden David enjoyed a successful 35-year career as a board level executive in several agricultural businesses including Dalgety and Openfield. David’s raw enthusiasm, passion for people development and years’ of experience in agriculture are crucial to assisting the Board and wider Eden team.

David is also a Reporter for the Bank of England and a member of the University of East Anglia of Biological Sciences, Employability Advisory Panel. In his spare time David is a keen Fly Fisherman, Rugby fan and traveller.

Darren Houghton
Director and Head of Agritech

Darren Houghton

Director and Head of Agritech

As Director & Head of Agritech at Eden Search & Select, Darren’s clear focus is to support the development of globally important businesses across the agri-food supply chain. Darren’s role has been integral to the growth of Eden as the executive search partner of choice for the industries we operate within, and he has a track record of building highly successful and adaptable teams. He has spent many years establishing a professional search process at Eden through the recruitment of the best in-house Research Team in the industry, whilst also building an exceptional personal track record of senior level appointments.

His expertise is currently focused on finding senior level executive, and non-executive, leaders for complex businesses that are seeking to tackle challenges of growth or succession. Darren is passionate about the world of agriculture and is interested in the connectivity between crop production, research, and technology to solve the problems of today such as food security and climate change. He has an extensive track record of supporting some of the leading agricultural research and commercial businesses, across the World, in the search for important decision-makers and technical experts. This often involves interfacing with CEO’s, Scientists and Academics in both the Board Room and the Field.

With an abundance of global sector knowledge, and coaching skills, Darren can confidently connect the best leaders with the greatest companies to tackle some of the big challenges of our time.

Joe Redfearn
Associate Director

Joe Redfearn

Associate Director

oe joined Eden in April 2021 following 3 successful years with a mid-sized executive search firm, placing senior management to C-suite level executives across EMEA, APAC and the Americas. After building the businesses presence in the Fuel & Lubricants industries he established a market leading reputation, completing high profile projects on behalf of a range of family owned, PE backed and large multi-national corporations.

Born and raised in a farming family, Joe has a strong understanding and passion for the food and drink supply chain and is well positioned to provide the highest quality search solutions to our clients.

Case studies

Azotic Technologies

Scientific Agronomy Manager USA

Azotic Technologies specialises in natural nitrogen which helps address the problem of nitrogen pollution. Their technology provides every cell in the plant with the ability to fix its own nitrogen from the air. By reducing nitrogen fertiliser application it offers a significant cost benefit to the grower.

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CHAP Non-Executive Chairman

Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) Ltd is one of four UK Agri-Tech Centres launched under BEIS supported by Innovate UK and established in 2015. As a unique, independent nexus between UK government, researchers and industry, CHAP builds innovation networks to identify and accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions to drive transformative change in sustainable crop productivity.

Eden Search & Select was invited to find a shortlist of industry renowned and experienced Non-Executive Chairs to lead the Board and support the business as it strikes a balance between driving the commercialisation of the CHAP capabilities as well as influence key stakeholders and provide the CHAP Executive the resources and strategic clarity to succeed in accelerating its growth.

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Future Biogas

Operations Director

Future Biogas  is one of the UK’s leading developers and operators of biogas plants, fed with energy crops and agricultural waste products with a strong reputation for professionalism in the biogas industry and proven experience of both CHP and gas injection facilities.

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NIAB

Chief Financial Officer

Based in Cambridge and East Malling, Kent, NIAB is the UK’s fastest growing crop science organisation, employing around 400 people and providing research, scientific services and technical advice to a diverse customer base which includes Government departments, research councils, levy bodies, charitable trusts and the agri-food industry.

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Fram Farmers

Chief Executive Officer

The newly appointed Group Chairman, embarking on his new vision for Fram Farmers set Eden the extremely challenging task in a very tight skills market, of finding a new CEO who had excellent commercial and industry experience.

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Cawood Scientific

Group Managing Director & Group Technical Operations Director

Eden Search & Select were invited to present their approach, network and track record to the Chair and outgoing Owners and were chosen as the right partner for the project. Which was to find and recruit a Group Managing Director and Group Technical & Operations Director as the existing leadership team were transitioning to Non-Executive roles on the Board.

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Produce Investments Ltd.

Specialist Interim Solutions for a Specialist Market

Eden and Produce Investments have worked in partnership since 2012 across the range of businesses within the group. As the partnership between the two businesses developed, it became clear Eden could support Produce Investments’ specialist interim requirements.

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