Founder and CEO Jaz Singh holds a degree in business and finance and has a wealth of experience in the agricultural industry. Having seen first-hand how arable land in India was depleted by traditional open-field farming, Jaz began to research technologies to help farmers grow more sustainably and efficiently. Combining his thirst for innovation with his connections and expertise in UK business, Jaz launched Innovation Agri-Tech in 2017.
OBE Duncan Bannatyne is IAG’s Non-Executive Director, supporting IAG with Bannatyne is most known for his appearance as a Dragon on the BBC programme Dragons’ Den and spends a great deal of his time working with charitable organisations. Bannatyne was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2004 for services to charity.
Lovey Mandair holds a BSc in Information Systems & Multimedia Design and leads on the vision, strategy and execution of IAG’s PR and Communications. Lovey ensures that the company’s products and services are placed in front of targeted audiences and that their offerings are supported by consistent messaging that increases brand awareness. Lovey takes great pride in managing and developing IAG’s growing reputation.
Science graduate Kate Brunswick is responsible for identifying commercial routes to market, building alliances with academic institutions, representing the company to our various memberships and associations and presenting the IAG brand to prospective partners and clients. Kate was instrumental in IAG’s successful application for Red Tractor status.
Dean Barron leads the team in overall strategic planning, procurement and developing key supply partners, process and technology design, cost modelling, cash flow and ROI management. Dean is a competitive and tenacious negotiator, committed to sourcing the most innovative and cost-effective solutions for IAG and its clients.
Phil is the Vice-President of Sales for Co-Alliance LLP, serves as the CEO of Local Harvest Food LLC and is a member of the Midwest Hemp Council. Phil has a passion for developing whole-farm solutions that utilise the latest technologies and solutions and has engaged Co-Alliance in developing diversified farming opportunities for farmer-owners. In this capacity, he has developed and honed skills in growing, operating and developing indoor aeroponic farm systems.
Tracy Lawson is a professor in the Plant Productivity group and Director of Plant Phenotyping at University of Essex, with over 25 years’ experience in photosynthesis research. Her research focuses on the stomatal control of atmospheric gas entry into the leaf, associated water loss and the mechanisms that regulate this process. Recent research has paid particular attention to stomatal kinetics and the impact of dynamic environments on both photosynthesis and stomatal behaviour. As part of this research she is also optimizing lighting recipes for TCEA/vertical farming environments in order to increase productivity and reduce resource input such as water and energy. She has published over 135 peer review papers/book chapter and recognized on the Clarivate World Highest Cited list in both 2020 and 2021.
Dr Chris Foulds, who has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Bristol, brings nearly 40 years’ experience in the food and drinks industry, with the last 25 years in fresh produce. During his career, Dr Foulds has held the position of Technical Director of G’s Marketing, Vitacress Salads and Flamingo Fresh Produce, and has worked on several retailers’ codes of practice for food safety in the field and factory. Dr Foulds was Technical Chairman of the Chilled Food Association and founder member and chairman of their Produce Working Group and is known for his work in simplifying food safety issues, and technical compliance for growers especially for non-UK sources.