Chairman of the Trustees
Alex started his career in the city before founding the venture capital business Octopus Ventures. He led the business as CEO until 2017 and subsequently as Chairman. During this time Octopus Ventures established itself as one of the leading venture capital houses in Europe investing in and partnering with some of the UK and Europe’s most successful high growth technology and tech-enabled businesses. Over the years he has served as a director on numerous company boards and he joins The Country Food Trust as Chairman. Having been actively involved in field sports from a young age Alex now lives on the Dorset border with his family where they keep a small flock of rare breed sheep.
Andrew is a graduate of The European Business School. His career started in 1993 at ED & F Man, where he served in various senior and Board roles within the Company. Andrew left Man in 2006 and is Managing Partner of St Albans Capital LLP, the Stone family investment management vehicle. Andrew is a keen skier and enjoys field sports. He divides his time between London and Gloucestershire with his wife and four children.
Duncan is a graduate of Christs College, Cambridge and Columbia Business School. After 17 years with Brown Brothers Harriman, he returned to the family estate, Braxted Park in Essex, in 2002 and has developed it into a successful diversified rural business based on 100 weddings and events, a major mixed shoot, an arable farm, property management, a golf course and a cookery school. A passionate countryman, Duncan joined as the Trustee in charge of our Ambassadorial program and is piloting the Country Food Trust Initiative in East Anglia which aims to triangulate the relationship between a region’s shoots, game processors and charities.
Mark Firth has spent a life working in the countryside, mainly involved with Field Sports. As one of the original founders of Roxtons he has intimate knowledge of the game shooting industry. Having sold out of Roxtons in 2005, Mark now lives in West Dorset. Although still primarily involved with Field Sports, Mark is also a founder of Chesil Smokery and partner in a family trout farm. Mark’s other previous pro-bono experience has been as a Board member of the Countryside Alliance and a trustee of the Countryside Alliance Foundation and Get Hooked on Fishing which encouraged at risk children to take up fishing.
Chris is Managing Director of GunsOnPegs which helps to run The Country Food Trust Initiative. Chris graduated from The University of Nottingham having grown up in Suffolk. After starting working life in his intended career in an investment management company, Chris and his father turned their hobby into a business and he hasn’t looked back since. Now with over 100,000 members, GunsOnPegs continues to connect buyers and sellers of shooting for free. Chris enjoys shooting, skiing, cycling, running and watching nearly all other sports!
Trustee & Hon Treasurer
SJ Radford is a Chartered Accountant and has over twenty-five years’ experience working in accountancy and international business management. She worked with public, private and entrepreneurial firms.
After 23 years abroad, SJ moved back to the UK in May 2012. On her return, she completed a Diploma Course in Charity Accounting and Financial Management at CASS Business School.
Amanda decided that wine was going to become her profession in the vineyards of Champagne working as the “jeune fille” at Moët’s Château de Saran. Returning to London, John Armit asked her to join his business, where she worked in a series of roles, ending up as Managing Director. A move to her husband’s family farm in Norfolk in 2005 led to two year consultancy with Lay & Wheeler and, in January 2008, she became a director of Private Cellar. Amanda focuses on developing new business, educating on wine and advising on the creation of investment and drinking portfolios for her clients worldwide.