About Chambers

Fruit farming runs through the veins of the Chambers family, who have successfully grown fruit in Kent for a number of generations. Kent’s mixture of chalk, sand and clay soils, together with a drier climate than the rest of the UK, combine to offer the optimum horticulture conditions -hence the ‘Garden of England’ reference which Kent has enjoyed for over 400 years.

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 berry, currant and stone fruit production.

Today Chambers Group operates with 5 core divisions: UK Farms, Overseas Farms, Contract Packing, Importing, Prepared (The Fruitery)

Established 1952

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.

The Team

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.

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.

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.

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.

A graduate of Newcastle University (Agriculture and Business Management), George 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 Capespan, the latter role as a Procurement Manager for Top Fruit.

Silviya Vancheva

HR Manager

Silviya joined Chambers in 2001. As HR Manager she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of HR practice and processes in the business. Silviya is CIPD Accredited Level 5 in Human Resource Management.

Dzheylyan Mehmed

Product Manager

Dzheylyan (Gigi) joined the business in 2009 and since 2013 has been responsible for overseeing quality control across all products. Gigi and her team ensure that Chambers produce meets all discerning customer specifications.

Howard Cook

Packhouse Operations Director

Experienced in farm management, Howard and his teams manage all aspects of technical compliance, audits and the pack house operations.

Vanessa Pantony

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

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 a commercial and logistics manager.

Monika Kumstys

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

Mariusz Szatkowski

Procurement Manager

Vasil Vasilev

Production Manager

Vasil joined in 2005 and has worked in all areas of the business

Sevda Cholakova

Harvest Manager

Sevda has been with Chambers since 2003 and now oversees the picking and harvesting of crops with a responsibility for 1200 pickers.

Desislava Stoyanova

Procurement Administrator

Desi has been working for Chambers since 2008. Since then she’s been involved in many areas of the business and moved into procurement administration in 2017.

Plamen Dimitrov

Farm Finance Manager

Plamen joined Chambers in 2000. Plamen and his team manage all financial operations within the company including running the payroll for more than 1400 employees.

Sylwia Tarczyluk

Commercial Administrator

Sylwia has a master’s 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 keep all administration operations running smoothly.

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

Rupert Carter

Customer Technical Manager

Rupert joined the team in November 2017, having worked in the industry for 20+ years, both in the UK and globally. A University of London graduate in BSc Countryside Management, Rupert has been working in the Technical Quality and Ethical arena with a number of growers worldwide and is the Technical go-to for all customer accounts.

Andrée King

Operations Manager

Andrée has an HND in Agriculture and brings extensive Quality Assurance / industry compliance experience to the business. She is pivotal in putting in place all the key operational requirements for Chambers’ latest venture, The Fruitery.

The Transport Team