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Ian Pennock

8 June 2015
Ian Pennock, 25, fieldsman, North Yorkshire
 
From battleships to chips…
 
After growing up on a small grassland farm, on the edge of the North York Moors, Ian joined the Royal Navy and served onboard HMS Liverpool as an Electronic warfare technician.
 
“But at 20, I wanted a career in agriculture,” explained Ian. 
 
Ian worked on a self-employed basis for a seed potato grower on the Yorkshire Wolds and also undertook work experience with two locally esteemed agronomists, which lead him down the technical route.
 
During this time Ian passed BASIS and enrolled in part time Foundation degree in Agriculture and Land Management at Askham Bryan College.
 
Ian successfully secured a job with McCain that was advertised at Askham Bryan and after a year as Agronomy Assistant working at various trial sites, he was offered his current post as trainee Fieldsman.
 
“McCain is the largest processor of potatoes in Great Britain, using 15 per cent of the national crop,” explains Ian. “I support 38 contract growers, from Worksop to Ripon.  My role covers all aspects of the crop, from planning varieties, to storage and delivery. The aim is to maximise on farm output, to the benefit farmer and McCain.”
 
Ian enjoys the diversity of the role, and gets to work with large farming estates to smaller farming operations. 
 
“I get involved in all areas of the supply chain from seed, through to plate,” adds Ian. The exposure is fantastic, I get to work with senior international figures in McCain and with key customers such as McDonalds, retailers and other food service businesses.” 
 
Ian is heading to Harrogate this November, “BP2013 is an excellent event to catch up with farmers and industry members. I’ll be there to meet new people and learn what’s new in the potato world.”
 
“Please come and have a chat with us on the McCain stand, whether you’re a student looking for a footing in the industry or a farmer looking to grow potatoes.”
 
(Details correct as of November 2013)