Richard Quinn

DIRECTOR OF CO-OPERATIVE FARMS

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NAME Richard Quinn JOB Director COMPANY Co-operative farms AGE 35 SALARY* TBC *industry average

What’s your job?

I am responsible for one of the UK’s largest farm businesses.  I make sure the business runs on a day to day basis, but I also manage the strategy and marketing to develop the organisation of the longer term.

I can be visiting the team on a farm one day and meeting Government agencies to discuss policy the next – it’s an extremely varied role.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve worked as Head of Business Change, Commercial Manager – Retail, and as an Operational Manager.

What other careers have you considered?

I have grown up working in the Food Industry and have spent a large part of my career in Food Retail, alongside some banking and other business environments. Food was always where the heart was though. I have been fortunate enough to work in some great retail and manufacturing environments and now work at the start of the food supply chain.

When I was at university I was studying to be a linguist and speak fluent French & Spanish, but when I finished I realised I wanted to go back to the Food Industry.

What qualifications do you have?

I have an MBA, MSc in Risk Management, 4 A-Levels, and 12 GCSE grades.

What do you like most about your job, and what’s not so great?

One of my philosophies is: never do a job that you don’t like - and I love my job. I meet lots of great people!  Nothing gives me more satisfaction than working with my team and supporting them to achieve great results.

There really isn’t anything I don’t like about my job.  There are always lots of challenges that present themselves, but they are there to be overcome.

Where do you want to be in 10 years time?

I’d like to be a Chief Executive of a Food Business.

What advice would you give people trying to get into agriculture?

Agriculture is fascinating and full of exciting times ahead – I never imagined myself in agriculture, but have found that the industry is full of great opportunities.  For example, our tractor drivers of the future will be both computer science experts and agronomists.

It isn’t just about working on a farm – It can be about marketing, product development, agronomy even consumers – there is a wealth of opportunities out there.

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