Our Objective

We are working on behalf of the whole UK food industry and all consumers to develop and implement a means to secure provenance honesty and transparency, and empower the consumer to know the journey of their food. This will create a level playing field for all food businesses to validate, protect and promote the provenance value of their food production.
As soon as investment allows, our lawyers, Burges Salmon, will be tasked to constitute a not for profit entity for the Happerley certification marque, to which the operating company is contracted. This will ensure Happerley perpetually provides a credible currency of provenance truth for the benefit of all. The Happerley Advisory Board will help oversee this transition.

Our 2019 Strategy

Encouraging every food and drink business to turn Happerley Transparent
 In 2018 we made our fees affordable for every food and drink business with nothing to hide to benefit from validating its provenance and enjoy a range of benefits of Happerley Transparent certification. Happerley’s purpose in not to turn a small premium element of the food and drink industry transparent, but to turn most of the food industry transparent.
Growing consumer awareness
We expect this to accelerate quickly through 2019 as we work with an increasing range of food and drink businesses
• Participation of food and drink organisations and accreditation schemes for example NCASS
• Point of sale roll out across hundreds of Midcounties Cooperative stores from February onwards
• Our Feed Me Truth schools campaign, encouraging schools and colleges to turn their supply chains transparent
• Events signing up to become Happerley Food Heavens, ensuring their caterers and / or food and drink vendors are Happerley Transparent
Continue blockchain pilots
Apply our blockchain technology to six pilots with six suppliers to Midcounties Co-operative, passporting the whole journey of every food output, from farm to plate. This will empower the consumer, in a click, to know the validated journey of every consituent ingredient of their purchase.

The Board

Non Executive Director & Chair of Advisory Board Peter Jinman OBE

Peter Jinman is chair of the Happerley Advisory Board. Peter recently completed a term as non-executive director of Assured Food Standards (Red Tractor) and is Chairman of Defra’s Farm Animal Welfare Committee. He is a past President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the British Veterinary Association. He was Chair of The Farmers Club in 2018.

Founder and CEO Matthew Rymer

Owner of a software development business and former food marketing agency, Matt comes from
a long lineage of livestock farmers. On returning to the family farm in 2013, he co-founded Happerley in 2014 with fellow farmer Clifford Freeman after realising the need to vaildate food provenance for both the producer and consumer.

Non Executive Director Clifford Freeman

Clifford grew his primary chicken processing business in Gloucestershire to saleto Cargill Foods in 2008. He has since turned around St Mary's Hall Hotel in the Isles of Scilly from a loss making business to one of the Island's top rated hotels.  Clifford is committed to ensuring the future of Pedigree Gloucester Cattle. The herd was established by Clifford's father, Eric, in 1971 with two cows bought at Tetbury market. 

Happerley Advisory Board

This Board will help develop and refine the certification terms and conditions and procedures in the UK and enshrine the sustainable and assured neutrality of Happerley for the benefit of the whole food supply chain.

Adam Henson

Cotswold farmer, Adam Henson, is a well-known TV presenter, farmer and owner of the successful
Cotswold Farm Park which highlights rare breeds and encourages children to learn about farm
In addition to The Cotswold Farm Park, Adam runs a 650-hectare farm on which and his business
partner Duncan operate a range of commercial farming activities, in addition to a growing contract
farming business.

Chris Crookall-Fallon

Chris Crookall-Fallon s a community and co-operative business specialist. He is
committed to helping private and public-sector businesses and community / social enterprises exploit
sustainability and renewables opportunities, manage the transition to a low carbon world, and create
strategic competitive advantage alongside operational efficiency.


Philip Ponsonby

Philip Ponsonby is CEO of the Midcounties Co-operative, the largest group of independent co-ops in
the UK. Phil also sits on the Co-operative’s Federal Retail and Trading Services board, responsible
for the purchasing of food for over 4000 Co-operative stores across the UK.


Sian Edmunds

Leading food, farming and agriculture lawyer Sian is a partner in Bristol law firm Burges Salmon LLP.
She heads their food and drink team and is an experienced member of the firm's food and farming,
land and estates and contentious trust teams.

Tim Bennett

Tim Bennett is former Chair of the Food Standards Agency and past President of the NFU. He has a
wealth of experience at the highest levels in the farming and food industry which in addition to leading
the FSA and NFU, has seen him as a previous winner of the Dairy UK Dairy Industry award and chair
of DairyCo. He is currently Chair of the Farmer’s Club.

William Bennett

William is a co-founder of Dairy Partners, a business that has grown to become Europe’s largest
independent mozzarella cheese supplier, manufacturing and processing a range of cheeses created
from milk exclusively supplied by over 150 dairy farms to their own dairy in West Wales. The company
is featured in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table with one of the fastest-
growing international sales in the UK.


Sarah Dunning OBE

Sarah is the second generation of the Westmorland Family, a family business best known for its motorway
service areas, Tebay Services on the M6 in Cumbria and Gloucester Services on the M5 in Gloucestershire.
Sarah was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to the food, drink and hospitality sectors.


Happerley Management Team

Patrick Evans

Patrick has helped to grow Happerley from the early stages and continues to do so. Responsible for a multitude of areas across Happerley, Patrick plays a key part in ensuring the business runs smoothly and efficiently in all areas, and steers the continual programme of technological development.

Lindsay Rollings

Lindsey is an events, marketing and business development specialist. Formally Events Manager of Ludlow Food Festival, she has since created the Shropshire Food and Drink Hub. Louise is now Business Development Director for Buy-From®, a creative agency with a difference, and its sister companies Buy-From Britain and Buy-From® Shropshire. Part of her mission is to champion the growth and development of food and drink businesses in the UK. 

Louise Welsby

Louise is a creative, commercial marketer with a passion for communication and collaboration. She runs Buy-From®, a creative agency with a difference, and its sister companies Buy-From Britain and Buy-From® Shropshire. 20 years of communication has resulted in her leadership of a dynamic team with an unparalleled passion for business communication and growth.

Louise’s big passion is championing food and drink provenance both locally and nationally and much of the work she does is around food and drink branding, communication and business growth. 


Megan Waters

Megan oversees and manages all audit processing and customer care for Happerley. Liaising with food and drink suppliers ensuring they are getting the most out of Happerley, Megan is very much the engine which keeps Happerley running from day to day, auditing and awarding the well-deserved Happerley Transparent status to suppliers upon completion.

The Software Team

Happerley is a progressive project supported by a policy of continual software development. This is facilitated by The Software Farm, owned by the Founder and contracted to Happerley. The team has grown since 2004 into a cutting edge team working at the cusp of online software technology. They are based in a villa in Iasi, Romania, and play a vital part in the development of the Happerley Network and Happerley Systems with heavy involvement in the design and build of the much anticipated Happerley V2 system.