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 since 1993 and growing vegetables for ESG since 1996. 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
James Rome

James Rome

Crop Manager

James joined ESG in 2018 having previously worked for 5 years on the south coast of Hampshire where his main crops were asparagus, green beans and Tenderstem Broccoli. He enjoys the fast moving nature of the job and is looking forward to gaining experience with new varieties of crops and facing new challenges. When not in the field he can be found enjoying time with his young family and either playing or watching sport.

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 worked mainly in the golf industry, including roles at The British Golf Museum in St Andrews and 3 years working at a golf complex in Malta. When the field staff or growers aren't needing assistance with technical issues or a strong cup of coffee, Linda will most likely be found spending time with her family which includes 2 young children and a small pony.