Chairman's message

I, along with all our growers, take great pride in being a member of ESG. Without the cooperation and efficiencies created as being part of a larger group, we as individuals could simply not achieve the standards and progressive development we have attained over the years. I am sure I am not alone in saying that as a member of ESG I consider the cooperative as an extension to my own farming business, providing me both industry expertise and the most sustainable route to market with my produce.

Meet the Team

John Wilson

John Wilson

Chairman

John has been Farm Manager at Over Rankeilour Farms since 1993 and growing vegetables for ESG since 1996. The farm also grows potatoes, wheat, oats and barley. John enjoys growing broccoli because with the vagaries of the weather and the changing marketplace every year is different and presents new challenges.

Andrew Faichney

Managing Director

Andrew started with ESG during a summer work placement in 2003. It couldn’t have been all that bad, as following completion of his degree full time employment begun. Andrew has worked up from a trainee graduate, fieldsman, crop manager, harvest manger, operations manager and then managing director. In 2011 Andrew returned to part time education where he successfully completed his MBA at Robert Gordon University.

Andrew Faichney
Richard Haacker

Richard Haacker

Production Director

Richard moved from Lincolnshire in 1996 to join ESG as a fieldsman after completing a HND at Riseholme Agricultural College, over the next 16 years he focused on the agronomy side of the business gaining both BASIS and FACTS qualifications.  In 2012 he left for a new challenge, however in late 2017 the lure of the vegetable industry proved too much and he returned as Production Director, overseeing all operations from sowing through to harvest.  In his spare time if he is not spending time with his family he can be found either socialising, watching/trying to play football or golf or climbing a Munro.

 

Shirley Hutchison

Office Manager

Shirley returned to ESG in 2012 following a 11 year period working as a property manager, previously Shirley had been with ESG from 1987– 2001. As office manager Shirley is responsible making sure all administration runs smoothly. When not chasing up lorry drivers, Shirley has been known to enjoy a good day out at the races enjoying some of the hospitality on offer.

Shirley Hutchison
James Rome

James Rome

Crop Manager

James joined ESG in 2018 having previously worked for 5 years on the south coast of Hampshire where his main crops were asparagus, green beans and Tenderstem Broccoli. He enjoys the fast moving nature of the job and is looking forward to gaining experience with new varieties of crops and facing new challenges. When not in the field he can be found enjoying time with his young family and either playing or watching sport.

Duncan MacLachlan

Crop Manager

Duncan originates from a small farm on the West Coast of Scotland. On completion of an honours degree in Environmental Science, he decided to pursue a career in agronomy and gained FACTS qualified status in 2016. A short time after that, he moved to Fife and began advising on crops such as wheat, barley, oats, oilseed rape and potatoes. Duncan is always looking to expand his knowledge and explore different sectors of agriculture, so he was delighted to take on the role with ESG in early 2019. When not at work he enjoys watching football or rugby, hillwalking and socialising.

 

Duncan MacLachlan
Linda Watson

Linda Watson

Technical Manager

Linda started with ESG in 2013 as the administration assistant and after on the job learning now takes care of quality control and technical matters such as the Red Tractor Assurance scheme. Prior to ESG Linda worked mainly in the golf industry, including roles at The British Golf Museum in St Andrews and 3 years working at a golf club oveseas. When the field staff or growers aren't needing assistance with technical issues or audit advice, Linda will most likely be found spending time with her family which includes 2 young children and a small pony.

Jane Downie

Administrator

Jane returned to ESG in April 2019 after a 22 year period working in finance. Jane had previously been with ESG from 1991-1997 working as an Administrator. When not working, Jane loves to be in the outdoors and likes nothing better than spending time with her family and friends hillwalking, running and biking around Scotland. 

Jane Downie