Farming fruit runs through the veins of the Chambers family, who have been successfully growing fruit in Kent for a number of generations. Fondly referred to as the ‘Garden of England’ Kent’s mixture of chalk, sand and clay soils and drier climate than the rest of the UK provide the optimum conditions for horticulture, resulting in a heritage that spans centuries.
The current business was set up by WB Chambers in 1952. Third generation owner and present managing director Tim Chambers took over the reins of running the family’s farms in 1990, focusing on soft fruit and cherry production.
Tim represents the third generation of the Chambers family to take over the running of the business.
Tim is also Chairman of The Rubus Breeding Consortium based at East Malling Research in Kent, a grower led consortium which seeks to produce new varieties of raspberries and blackberries which are not restricted by marketing agreements. The Consortium includes: Spanish fruit producer organisation, Onubafruit; Swiss garden plant suppliers, Lubera; UK fruit producer WB Chambers and East Malling Services (EMS), the commercial division of East Malling Research (a major UK organisation renowned for horticulture research and especially well known for its ground-breaking research on fruit crops). The Consortium focuses on evolving improved and brand-new varieties capable of delivering the desired quality / yield of crop balanced with commercial viability.
Production Director of Chambers Farming
Salih joined the business in 2002 and is now responsible for the management of all farming activity in the UK and Poland.
Salih also works closely with Chambers’ partner growers in Spain, Morocco and Mexico enabling the business to achieve its impressive scale of commercial fruit production.
James has been involved in the food industry since 2005, working across a variety of commercial and supply chain roles.
A graduate of Sheffield University and the University of Oviedo in Spain where he studied International Business and Spanish, James now manages the commercial activity for the farms and the import business.
Group Financial Director
Vicky oversees the financial operations of Chambers Farms and Chambers Imports.
Vicky was previously Financial Director at Capespan and is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant, with 16 years’ experience of the fresh produce industry. Vicky’s role will be to oversee the financial operations of Chambers Farms and Chambers Imports. Supported by a team of five, Vicky’s key remit is to provide timely and accurate financial information to the senior management board and to play a role in further shaping the growth of the Chambers business.
George is Commercial Manager, working alongside Commercial Director, James Miller. George is responsible for generating new listings for Chambers and will oversee the day-to-day handling of specific key accounts.
George Beedell takes up the role of Commercial Manager, working alongside Commercial Director, James Miller. George is a graduate of Newcastle University (Agriculture and Business Management) and also successfully completed a two-year Management Development Service course designed to attract high calibre recruits with management potential into the fresh food, produce, horticulture and arable supply chain. He has previously worked for Dole and more recently, Capespan, the latter role as a Procurement Manager for Top Fruit. George will be responsible for generating new listings for Chambers and will oversee the day-to-day handling of specific key accounts.
Silviya has joined Chambers in 2001. As a HR manager she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of HR practices and processes in the business. Silviya holds a CIPD accredited Level 5 in Human Resource Management
Joined in 2009 and since 2013 oversees quality control functions for the all the products. Gigi and her team ensure that all produce meets customer specifications and their feedback helps growers to understand the quality required
Packhouse Operations Director
Experienced in farm management, Howard and his teams manage all aspects of technical compliance, audits, packhouse quality teams and the packhouse operations.
Technical & Compliance Manager
Has over 30 years’ experience working with soft fruit packhouses. Specialises in technical and compliance, BRC and HACCP. Joined WB Chambers in March 2015
In 2016 Cristina opened the WBC Imports Ltd Mexican office, to export berries, avocados, limes and mangoes from partner growers in Mexico and Guatemala.
Cristina holds a degree in International Business with a diploma in French and European Business Management. She joined the fresh produce industry in 2008, as commercial and logistics manager.
Commercial Administration Manager
Monika has been in the industry since 2002, working for farms as well as marketing companies. She has 6 years of experience managing administration departments. Monika holds a Master degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Kent
Vasil joined in 2005 and has worked in all areas of the business
Joined in 2003, now oversees picking and harvest for the 1200 pickers
Desi has been working for Chambers since 2008, she’s been involved in many areas of the business and moved to procurement administration in 2017
Farm Finance Manager
Joined in 2000. Plamen and his team manage all financial operations within the company including payroll for more than 1400 employees
Sylwia has a Master degree in Economics. She’s been in the industry since 2015 gaining experience in commercial administration as well as stock control. Her skills help to straighten the administration function
Mirian Perez Molina
Supply Chain Manager
Originally from Spain, Mirian has a degree in Business Management. She’s been working in supply chain management since 2014
Customer Technical Manager
Recently joined in Nov 2017, having worked in the industry for 20+ years in the UK and globally. Formerly at Wye College, University of London educated in BSc Countryside Management, Rupert has been working on the Technical Quality and Ethical arena with numbers of growers worldwide and manages the Technical Customer accounts as well as needs of the business
Andrée has an HND in Agriculture and brings extensive Quality Assurance / industry compliance experience. Andrée will be pivotal in putting in place all the key operational requirements for an exciting new sub-brand that Chambers will be launching in early 2019.
Andrée King has been appointed as Operations Manager, a brand-new role within Chambers. Andree previously ran a farm for 15 years which diversified to include a farm shop / children’s playcentre. Andrée has an HND in Agriculture and brings extensive Quality Assurance / industry compliance experience. Andrée will be pivotal in putting in place all the key operational requirements for an exciting new sub-brand that Chambers will be launching in early 2019.
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