Robert James

Robert James

Robert is Technical Director at Thanet Earth, one of the UK largest greenhouse salad vegetable growing businesses based in Birchington, Kent.  He has worked at Thanet Earth since its inception in 2008.  His responsibilities include research and innovation and as a result has been involved in several Innovate and BBSRC funded research projects.  During this time Robert has developed strong links to NIAB EMR and Thanet Earth were part of the successful funding bid for ‘Growing Kent and Medway’.

Originally a Kent farmer, Robert has spent over 30 years working in the produce industry, with broad experience covering commercial, operational and technical roles, across a wide variety of products grown both in the UK and around the world.  He has also represented industry on the AHDB Horticulture board and now the NFU Horticulture and Potato board, Horticulture Crop Protection as well as other bodies.