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
• 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.
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.
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
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 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.
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 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 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
We have made considerable investment to expand the team. Taking on a number of experienced field based representatives, and also taking on additional office based team members to deliver on Happerley England.
LJ Roberts – Managing Director
Owner of a successful PR and marketing agency specialising in the food and drink sector, L-J is passionate about provenance and driven to push the Happerley movement forward. With over 15 years’ experience in the media and marketing industries, from working as a national journalist, to working on large PR and marketing campaigns with big brands, she has joined Happerley on a mission to work with producers, suppliers and the media to turn the food and drink industry transparent.
Patrick Evans – Technical and Account Manager
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.
Megan Waters – Provenance Process Manager
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.
Claire Thayers – Happerley Ambassador
20+ years working within Corporate & Social Responsibility for various companies across the Southwest and Midlands. She champions the Assn of Gloucestershire Business Groups, Sits on various LEP subgroups and works closely with the RAU with their Lets Grow project to highlight the importance of the food & drink sector. Also chairs a bi-monthly networking group to facilitate the coming together of businesses.
William Ugle – Senior Account Manager
William joins our Happerley family off the back of a successful 11 years as Hobbs House Bakery’s Ambassador. He is an experienced strategic account manager within the FMCG sector identifying risks and opportunities. William has forged lasting relationships - acquiring and nurturing business with big name national brands and smaller independents alike. And, with a background of direct customer sales and working closely with food producers, he brings a wholesome affiliation for The Grower, The Maker and The Eater. He warmly welcomes new business and looks forward to discussing how greater transparency can benefit us all.
Sarah Rhodes – Office Manager
Sarah comes with a wealth of project management experience from working in the events industry over the last 8 years, from London 2012 to Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2019. She has had a varied working background having been brought up on a dairy farm and also being a qualified riding instructor, living in the depths of Dartmoor and the Cotswolds, she moved into the advertising and PR industry when she married her husband and had to get a real job. Sarah loves cooking and brings with her a passion for food and it’s provenance.
Emma Read – Projects Manager
A passion for food, and for the success of food businesses who succeed through demonstrably strong CSR credentials. With 25 years senior Commercial and Marketing expertise across the food industry - in Retail, Foodservice, Manufacturing, Insight, and Consultancy she has, and continues to, initiate creative solutions to help food companies - SME’s, plc’s and community enterprises, find new and profitable strategies and tactics to gain and develop business in both the retail and foodservice sectors. She combines this with being a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University where her specialisms in Marketing. Hospitality, Tourism and Events help keep her insights grounded in the latest thinking.
Ruth Erwin – Happerley Chef
Ruth has worked in the Early Years sector for many years having an active role in educating children on the importance of learning to cook with food as a lifelong skill. She is passionate about local, traceable food and experimenting with recipes using seasonal produce. She has used these skills to demonstrate to people from all backgrounds that it is possible to produce healthy meals that are budget friendly for the whole family.
After a Career spent largely overseas in the fashion industry, Jeremy and his family located to an Olive farm in Italy. This re ignited a passion and interest in food and agriculture. Roll on a few years, a degree at the RAU is achieved and the principles of food integrity, food quality and provenance are fully ingrained in his thinking. Jeremy is often found enjoying or brewing a coffee or riding a bike ( when the weather permits ). Passion and enthusiasm for food always close to his heart. Nothing excites him more than sharing the passion of food, provenance and quality combined with commercial opportunities with like minded Individuals and enterprises.
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.