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 for 23 years and growing vegetables for ESG for 20 of those. 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
Matt Bean

Matt Bean

Technical Manager

Matt is originally from North Lincolnshire where he worked as a Farm Manager on a large arable unit. He moved up to Scotland in 2011 to become the Production Manager for one of our growers, before joining ESG at the start of 2015. Outside of work Matt enjoys spending time with his young family and watching rugby.

Andrew Orr

Agronomy Manager

Andrew has broad agriculture knowledge with an eye for detail second to none that has been growing ESG’s exemplary crops since 2012. Before working with ESG Andew has worked as both a vegetable farm manager and an independent agronomist, giving him the greatest possible firsthand experience of crop production. When not in a broccoli field, Andrew can usually be found at a cattle show with one of his pedigree Limousin’s that he breeds at home.

Andrew Orr
Craig Meiklem

Craig Meiklem

Operations Manager

Craig joined ESG in 2015 as Operations Manager having returned to the UK from Australia, where he had spent 4 years managing a large scale horticultural business producing onions in South Australia. Before venturing to work in Australia Craig was the assistant manager of a large arable unit on an estate in the Scottish Borders. In his spare time Craig can be found working on his family farm producing lamb for the fat market.

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
Linda Watson

Linda Watson

Administration Assistant

Linda started with ESG in 2013 as the administration assistant; prior to ESG Linda spent 3 years working at a golf complex in Malta. When the field staff or growers aren't needing an administrative push or cup of coffee, Linda will most likely be found at the stables with her young daughter.