We’re actively involved in all aspects of executive search across UK and international agritech. We are hugely passionate about identifying leadership talent to work in this diverse, fast-paced field. Our knowledge and enthusiasm in this area comes from being employed and embedded in the sector, rather than just a supplier to it. With years of agribusiness leadership and board-level experience, our consultants speak the same language as our clients, which include large global FTSE-listed organisations, mid-sized UK-based family firms and specialist international tech start-ups.
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.
Having collectively worked for Eden for almost 20 years, Darren Houghton and David Buck are our Agritech team specialists.
Find out more about their experience by clicking on their bios.
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.
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.
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.
Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) Ltd
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.
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.
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.
Global Agri-chemical company
Due to our continued success finding great talent in the Agri-Tech sector, Eden Search were commissioned by one of the largest agrochemical companies and global leader in global food systems to find talent for their UK and EU businesses.
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.
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.
Produce Investments Ltd.
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.