Chris, with his wife Fiona, owns and manages Nethergill Farm. They are currently building an eco-hill farm business with a sustainable added-value meat activity, an educational and ﬁeld study facility and eco-tourism holiday lets. He is a Partner in Nethergill Associates, a business management consultancy currently assisting with the conjecturing and management of future farming uncertainties in the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale, North York Moors, the Lake District and Surrey.
A former farm tenant and farm manager, Chris now has thirty years of business management experience, many within the agriculture and allied food industry, of which over thirty years were managing his own businesses. Nethergill Associates has expertise in ﬁnancial management, marketing and farm business planning.
After degrees in Physics and Operations Research, Brian joined British Steel Corporation in the corporate planning function and then became Development Manager responsible for global logistics. Subsequently he spent over ten years as a management consultant with AT Kearney where he became responsible for the Strategy and Marketing practice in the UK before joining Costain Group as Marketing Director. His work at Costain included heading its new Ventures Division which took equity positions in major projects around the world.
Over the past 20 years or so, Brian has run his own company as a vehicle to undertake consultancy and project development work where he has served over 70 companies across most sectors of the economy in the ﬁelds of strategy development, marketing, logistics, operational improvements, and new venture development. He has held, and still holds, a number of positions as Chairman, CEO or NED of fast growth SMEs. More recently, Brian moved to a client and became Vice President of Treasury Services with JP Morgan Chase Bank, the largest clearer of US$ funds in the world.
Fiona owns and manages Nethergill Farm with husband Chris, and is mainly involved with the day to day running of Nethergill Associates, Nethergill self catering and ﬁeld study facility.
Fiona followed a formal agricultural education with Chris before re training in Graphic Design and setting up a design business servicing SMEs with logo and design solutions to further their businesses. Fiona acts as a sounding board Nethergill Associates helping to communicate some of the more far reaching concepts in and around farming issues.