Colin joined ADAS in 1978, after graduating from Wye College (London University). After six years as an agricultural adviser in Lincolnshire, he joined the Agronomy discipline, working at Leeds and Cambridge. He then participated in a Civil Service development programme, which included a spell in a MAFF (now Defra) Policy Division in London. On return to ADAS he was appointed to the role of Director of Arthur Rickwood Research Centre. He subsequently held the post of ADAS Quality Manager, before becoming Head of ADAS Horticulture. After privatisation Colin held a number of senior positions within ADAS including heading up the Group’s research business, before joining the Board in 2002 as a Commercial Director responsible for a number of ADAS’ Business Units as well as key Group-wide issues.
Colin was appointed Managing Director for the ADAS Group of Companies in December 2006. In addition to his overall leadership role he has responsibility at Board level for the Environment and Envar businesses, Health and Safety, Ethics and Quality Management Systems as well as ADAS’s strategic relationships with Defra. Colin is a Chartered Director and a member of the Institute of Biologists and the Association of Applied Biologists.
Group Human Resources Director
After graduating from London University with a BSc in Agriculture Jill worked for ICI before completing a Master of Philosophy Degree in Applied Biology at Cambridge University. Following this, Jill joined ADAS as a consultant in 1984 and worked in various parts of the Group before joining the Central HR and Training team in 1994. Whilst working for ADAS Jill also completed an MBA with the Open University. Jill became HR Manager in 1999, joined the Executive team in 2002 as Head of HR and the Board as Group HR Director in 2010. Jill is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).
Michael is a graduate of University College, Cardiff, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. From 1997 to 2005 he was Finance Director of Shanks Waste Management Ltd, a role that included the conclusion of three 25-year PFI Local Authority Waste contracts, including the Award winning ELWA contract and the disposal of Shanks’ Landfill and Renewable Power business to Terra Firma. Michael was a founding director of Avondale Environmental Ltd has sat on several JV and PFI Boards. Hel has also held the positions of Associate Director at a major, French owned, Life and Pension business and was Finance and Commercial Director at Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd.
Michael has worked with leading private equity organisations on potential transactions in the environmental sector and has overseen the acquisition and integration of a number of waste management businesses.
He joined ADAS at the beginning of September 2010.