Wynnstay Arable Team


Paul Crump

Arable Trading Manager

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Paul started out in the agricultural industry with NB Camber Ltd in 1990, from there he moved on to trading grain Shropshire Grain Ltd.

The business was bought by Wynnstay in 1999 and Paul was promoted to Senior Trader, continuing in this position when Wynnstay purchased Wrekin Grain in 2011 and combined the two businesses into Grainlink.

In 2012 he moved to Agrii Ltd as Head of Marketing, then to Countrywide as a Commodities Trader for the Western region, before re-joining Wynnstay as Arable Trade Manager in May 2015.

Ed Porter

Ed Porter

Arable Sales Specialist

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After graduating from Plymouth University with a BSc in Geography, Ed went on to study for an MSc in Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy at the University of Warwick.

He has gained practical farming experience in both the UK and Australia. In June 2015 after completing his MSc, Ed took up his current role as an Arable Sales Specialist with Wynnstay and is currently working towards his FACTS and BASIS qualifications.

Ed provides advice to farmers on all aspects of crop management.

Sarah Jane

Sarah Jane Baldwin

Agricultural Sales Specialist

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In 1994, Sarah joined Wynnstay to work alongside her father Peter.

Over the last 22 years  Sarah has further developed Wynnstay’s presence in Cheshire and the surrounding counties where her areas of expertise in animal feed and associated products, along with arable inputs such as fertiliser and seed have meant she has been well placed to maintain strong working relationships with a customer base that hold her with high regard.

Sarah’s consistently strives to provide customers with a competitive and top quality service in many cases going well beyond the call of duty.




Richard Torr

Richard Torr

Seed Sales Manager

t: 07990 578 551

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Having worked his whole career in the seed trade, Richard now has the grey hair and furrowed brow to prove it!

Richard started his career working in marketing for Nickersons at Rothwell in his home county of Lincolnshire - moving to Gloucestershire selling seed on farm and managing a team of sales people in the Western region.

Richard then took the opportunity to move his family to Shropshire in the late 1990s to work for Ridleys Seeds.

After Wynnstay bought Ridleys in January 2000, Richard entered into his current role as Seed Sales Manager. 

Adam Simper

Adam Simper

Grass and Roots Seed Manager

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Adam studied Countryside Managment at Harper Adams University College, graduating in 2003.

Following a period travelling he joined Wynnstay as a Trainee Seed Specialist in November 2004.

Promotion to his current role as Grass and Root Seed Product Manager followed in 2010.

Adam currently sits on the UK Herbage Crop Committee making decisions on new Herbage Variety recommendations.  



Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones

Assistant Product Manager

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Rachel graduated with a Business Studies degree from Liverpool John Moores University in 2015.

During her degree she undertook a 12 month placement as Sales Co-ordinator with Prysmian Group – helping to develop her sales and marketing skills.

After graduating, she was employed as a Sales Executive with Quartix Ltd before joining Wynnstay in December 2015 as Assistant Product Manager (Grass and Root seed).





Dave Mtchell 

Dave Mitchell

Fertiliser Manager

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Dave began his career as production manager in a straw processing business based on the current Astley site.

In January 2000 he joined Wynnstay as Transport and Logistics manager gradually taking on a more commercial role.

Dave became Assistant Fertiliser manager in 2010 and was promoted into his current role as Fertiliser Manager four years ago.



Nick Birkinshaw

Nick Birkinshaw

Arable Director

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After graduating from Aberdeen University with a BSc Hons in Agriculture, Nick went on to study for an MSc in Seed Technology at Edinburgh University.

He began his working career in the seed business of CWS Farms Group, based in East Yorkshire.

In 1994 Nick moved to Shropshire as Seed Operations Manager for Ridleys Seeds and joined Wynnstay as Seed Manager in 2000.

He moved to his current role as Arable Inputs Director in 2014.


Charlie Dolphin


Charlie Dolphin

Arable Sales Specialist

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Charlie joined Wynnstay in 2014 having completed a degree in Agriculture at Harper Adams University. Charlie is an Arable Sales Specialist and is currently working towards his FACTS and BASIS qualifications. Charlie has been involved in agriculture from a young age and has previously worked on arable and livestock farms.