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Jenny Zolman

“I manage the finance and business administration of Grosvenor Farms – providing strategic and financial information and guidance to help the company meet its goals.” 

After 10 years working within the wider Grosvenor Estate businesses, Jenny joined Grosvenor Farms in 2013 as finance and office manager.  

As well as making the financial functions and processes within Grosvenor Farms more effective and efficient, Jenny is also responsible for its HR function.  

She is at the heart of the company and is central to maintaining and improving operations across this dynamic and complex organisation supporting its expansion over the last seven years.

Jenny was educated at Staffordshire University (BA Hons Sports and Leisure Management 1996-1999) and completed her ACCA qualification in 2012. 

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Charlie Steer

“I lead the arable team at Grosvenor Farms where our focus is on financially and ecologically sustainable crop production that is integrated within our dairy operations. We grow safe, healthy, nutritious and affordable food using a resource efficient system that enhances the environment.”   

Charlie’s passion for agriculture began growing up on his family’s farm in east Cheshire. Upon leaving school, after a year working on farms and travelling in Australia and New Zealand, he studied agriculture at the University of Reading where he graduated in 2010.  

Charlie’s employment with Grosvenor started as part of a graduate traineeship in 2011, progressing to management in late 2014.  He is responsible for all the farming operations involved in growing crops, including combinable and forage cropping, agronomy, machinery and nutrient management. 

Charlie is a circular economy specialist (the economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources) and in 2019 he completed the prestigious Nuffield Farming Scholarship in which he investigated: ‘The circular farm; minimising input for maximum output in a mixed farming system

He holds BASIS and FACTS qualifications. 

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David Craven

“I am responsible for all the livestock operations, producing safe, healthy nutritious milk with industry leading standards for animal welfare and one of the lowest carbon footprints – as well as farm buildings, infrastructure projects and health and safety.” 

David leads the dairy operations at Grosvenor Farms, producing safe, healthy nutritious food while ensuring the highest standards of health and welfare of its animals. Employed by Grosvenor Farms for over 30 years, David has gained a wealth of experience, particularly in cattle housing and infrastructure.  

In 2010 a review of the dairy enterprise was undertaken with a decision to create Grosvernor’s state-of-the-art dairy unit, Lea Manor Farm, committing to the future of dairying on the estate and to the wider industry for future generations. David was tasked with leading a team to research, design and ultimately create the new facility.  

David is currently a non-executive board member on the AHDB dairy board. 

He studied at Reaseheath College, one of the leading specialist land-based colleges in the UK. 

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Mark Roach

“Our challenge and responsibility is to produce safe, healthy and affordable food from finite resources, whilst at the same time protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations.” 

Mark leads Grosvenor Farms as its MD with the objective of optimising commercial and social benefit, ensuring that it produces high quality food in a sustainable way, using less land, water and energy whilst enhancing the natural environment.  

Mark joined Grosvenor Farms in March 1998 as Managing Director. He has been instrumental in developing Grosvenor Farms into one of the largest producers of high-quality nutritious milk and cereal grains, with one of the lowest carbon footprints.  

Before 1998, Mark spent 16 years with ADAS working as an Agricultural Management Consultant, both in the UK and abroad.  

His industry roles include governor of Harper Adams University, which delivers higher education and quality research for the delivery of a sustainable food chain and rural economy; a member of the Dairy Science Forum; a trustee of The Dairy Futures Charity; partner in a large US dairy farming business; a past trustee of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) and a former chairman of the 1,000 Cow Club. He is a Non-Executive Director of Tatra Forest, Slovakia, a 5,000-acre organic farm producing milk, cheese, herbs and berries. He is also a past MD and current Non-Executive Chairman of Cogent Breeding Ltd, a leading UK based bovine genetics business. 

Mark was educated at Aberystwyth University (BSc Hons Agric Econ 1981) and has since successfully completed a range of professional qualifications including BASIS and FACTS. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society.   

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