Agri Tech

Mick Fuller

Professor Plant Physiology, University of Plymouth

Professor Mick Fuller is a world leading scientist in the field of plant physiology with extensive knowledge of abiotic stress physiology, agronomy, and plant development. He is a Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Plymouth, and is the principal investigator on the Agri-Tech Cornwall Plant Factory project, working with Cornish businesses to investigate the development of LED technology in controlled growing environments. Prof Fuller has also been involved in numerous overseas projects and is currently leading a collaboration with University of Jeddah (KSA). He is also a Master of De Tao Academy – Songjiao, Shanghai China, where alongside Dr Martin Stoelen he has led a Royal Society Newton Fund grant on Robot Harvesting in Controlled Growing Environments. Prof Fuller is also the Chair of the UK Controlled Environment Users’ Group, and the Trust Secretary of the Seale-Hayne Educational Trust, established in 1999 to support higher education and research in agriculture, food, and land use.

Mary Quicke

Mary Quicke, Managing Director Quickes Cheese

Mary is the 14th generation of the Quicke family on Home Farm near Exeter, and has been running the cheese business since 1987. Mary’s passion for her dairy herd and artisan cheesemaking methods make her a leading authority on traditional cheese production. In 2005, Mary received an MBE for her contribution to farming and cheesemaking.
Mary has been appointed to the board of FSA (Food Standards Agency) as well as the AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board). She is chairman of Devon County Agricultural Association, Founder Vice Chairman of the Maize Growers Association and Founder Director of the Academy of Cheese.

David Fursdon

Chairman Beeswax Dyson Farming Ltd, Lord Lieutenant of Devon

David lives in Devon. His career has ranged from military service to the civil service, teaching, surveying, heading a membership organisation, running a tourism and visitor business and non-executive appointments in property, heritage and land management. For 5 years he has chaired Beeswax Dyson while it became the largest operational farm in England. He is Lord Lieutenant of Devon in which role he has taken opportunities to promote the Duke of York’s pitch@palace for start-ups and entrepreneurs and The Queens Award for Enterprise.(

Martin Stoelen

Director at Fieldworks Robotics, Plymouth University.

Dr. Martin F. Stoelen is the Founding Director of the University of Plymouth (UoP) spin-out company Fieldwork Robotics Ltd. This is an Innovate UK funded company working towards multi-crop selective harvesting robots for horticulture, based on soft and variable-stiffness robot technology. Dr. Stoelen also holds academic posts at UoP and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. He was previously a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at UoP, and is a Fulbright Alumni. He has significant research/innovation income over the last 5 years, and developed the open-source GummiArm robot, replicated in several research labs around the world.

Helen Ferrier

NFU Chief Science and Regulatory Affairs Adviser

Dr Helen Ferrier leads the NFU’s policy work on agricultural science and research, biotechnology, data and food safety, covering all sectors of farming. Based at NFU HQ in Warwickshire, she leads a policy team covering plant health and pesticides, farm safety, skills and training, transport, employment and better regulation.

Helen is a trustee of NIAB Trust, the chair of the Agrimetrics Advisory Board and is a member of several other advisory panels and boards in the science and technology community. Before joining the NFU in 2004, Helen was a research scientist at Imperial College London. She has an academic background in environmental science.

Robin Jackson

Agri Tech Project Director, Rural Business School

Robin is director of the Agri-tech Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Project (‘ACP’). This £9.6m initiative, running to March 2020, is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly. The ACP supports ambitious small and medium-sized Cornish companies develop innovations to improve efficiency, profitability and resilience in the agricultural sector – in field or moor, forest or shore. The project is led by the Duchy College Rural Business School in partnership with leading research institutions – the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth and Rothamsted Research – and the Cornwall Development Company.