Frontier Agriculture is the UK's leading crop production and grain marketing business, recognised for its close customer relationships with farmers and grain consumers and its successful management of the arable supply chain.
Formed in 2005 as a joint venture between Associated British Foods plc and Cargill inc., Frontier has 46 sites across the UK, with offices in Perth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Cranswick, Witham St Hughs, Diss, Sandy, Hermitage and Ross-on-Wye, and employs more than 1100 colleagues. Operating across all aspects of arable crop production and grain marketing, Frontier supplies seed, crop protection products and fertiliser to farmers, as well as providing specialist agronomy advice through its team of 160 agronomists.
Frontier's grain marketing business has well-established contracts with the UK's key grain consumers, giving its farmer customers unrivalled access to end markets. Frontier has a number of divisions providing additional specialist advice to growers. These include SOYL precision crop production and Kings, who are experts on game cover, conservation crops, green cover and forage crops.
Frontier's mission is to be the first choice partner for crop production and crop marketing for UK farmers, and the first choice employer in UK agriculture.
Mark has a BSc in Applied Biology from Liverpool University and a postgraduate degree in Agronomy and Crop Husbandry. Starting out as a trainee agronomist with Schering Agriculture, he progressed to become group accounts Manager.
In 1992, Mark joined Cargill’s agricultural division, subsequently occupying several roles including General Manager. Following Cargill’s merger with Banks Agriculture, he was appointed MD of the newly formed business, playing a leading role in a further merger with Allied Grain and taking up his current role in 2005.
Mark is a trustee of the Rutland Agricultural Society and in 2014 was awarded an honorary doctorate from his former university, Harper Adams, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to UK agriculture.