Tom Forster

Operations Director

Tom has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance sector including brokerage and facility negotiation. Outside of insurance Tom and his wife run a Stud Farm close to Newmarket specialising in breeding horses for show jumping and eventing.

Richard Beechener

Account Executive

Richard joined Farmers & Mercantile in 2009 after spending 20 years as Group Secretary & Mutual Agent in Bury St Edmunds and then Leighton Buzzard. Richard with his wife Anja also run their family’s Farm in Bedfordshire which is primarily arable with DIY Livery, Let Units and a Green Waste Composting enterprise. In his spare time, Richard enjoys playing Hockey, a day’s shooting and is a great lover of Classic cars.

William Kendrick

Account Executive

William grew up in the rural countryside of Leicestershire and spent time on his cousin’s farm where he developed a love for farming and food. Following this he has spent much of his career in Agricultural Insurance agencies. Outside of work William is busy with his Young Family, but makes time to support his Rugby team Leicester Tigers and coach mini Rugby for Stoneygate.

Toby Baker

Account Executive

Toby has been working in the insurance industry for some 23 years, specialising in agriculture and private client. Outside of the office, Toby is married to a farmer’s daughter and has two children. Toby enjoys spending time with his family, going fishing and a day’s shooting. A dedicated rugby fan Toby coaches the junior teams at Oundle Rugby club

Charlotte Wilson

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Account Executive

Charlotte started her insurance career with Farmers & Mercantile after graduating from the Royal Agricultural University in 2013. Charlotte and her husband have their own farm in Mid Wales where they run a flock of cheviot sheep and rear a handful of heifer calves. When Charlotte is not busy of the farm, she can be found out riding her horses. Charlotte enjoys hunting and competing at her local riding club.

Caroline Startin

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Account Executive

Caroline was brought up on her family’s farm on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire borders near to the National Arboretum at Alrewas and now lives in Worcestershire. Caroline started her insurance career some 30 years ago. Horses and country sports have always played a big part in Caroline’s life. Caroline is currently the Chairman of the Worcestershire Hunt’s Team Chase Committee and always lends a hand on their Point to Point day.

Sally Wood

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Account Executive

Sally is a Herefordshire girl through and through. Growing up on her families Arable and Dairy farm Sally has developed a real love for British farming and the countryside. Sally studied Law at university in Sheffield. Sally is kept busy outside of work by her young family and farm life.

Dominic Snook

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Account Executive

Dominic grew up on his families Arable Farm on the outskirts of York. Before starting his career with Farmers & Mercantile Dominic studied Politics at the University of Nottingham. Outside of work Dominic enjoys playing Cricket and Rugby for his local teams.

Tony Laking

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Account Executive

Brought up on a traditional dairy farm in the north of North Yorkshire, Tony went on to study Agriculture at Askham Bryan College. Following this, Tony started his career in Farm Insurance as a NFU Group Secretary. Over the years Tony has worked with a number of insurance brokers around the North of England and has received the Diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute.  In his spare time Tony is a lover of Rugby, cycling and motorbikes.

Sarah Verity

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Account Executive

Sarah is a farmer’s daughter growing up close to Boroughbridge. Sarah married a Sheep Farmer and lives with her family on the farm nestled in the hamlet of Bouthwaite, in the heart of Nidderdale.   Farming really is a way of life for Sarah but she has managed to find time to span a career of over 16 years in the Agricultural Insurance Industry. Sarah enjoys weekends camping and walking in the Lake District and socialising with friends.

Mick Hodgson

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Account Executive

Mick has been advising Farmers on their insurance for over 30 years. Based up in the North Pennines Mick enjoys spending time with his family and Grandchildren. As well as been in the outdoors, fell walking and gardening.

Matt McWhirter

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Branch Manager

Matt has over 25 years of experience working in Agricultural Insurance with a specific interest in Livestock Insurance and Farm Risk Management. He was brought up on his families Livestock Farm in Ayrshire and studied Agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College, Auchincruive. Outside of work Matt’s interests include Oil Painting and Photography – particularly of Livestock!

Will McGill

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Account Executive

Having been brought up on a Livestock farm in Ayrshire, William went on to gain an honours degree in Agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College, Auchincruive. William has travelled extensively around the world and has worked on Arable & Vegetable farms in East Anglia, Australia and New Zealand. His spare time is now occupied by family life and he enjoys gardening, golfing, korfball and snowboarding.

Roy Gilbey

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Account Executive

After spending 20 years working in the London Insurance Market Roy relocated to the Scottish Borders. Now based closed to Biggar, South Lanarkshire Roy enjoys rural life and spending more time with his family. In his spare time Roy enjoys a round of Golf and long dog walks. During his Insurance career Roy has worked in a number of roles in addition to Broking and has knowledge in handling Claims and Underwriting policies.

Emma Barnes

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Account Executive

A farmers daughter, Emma grew up on a arable Farm in Cheshire. Emma has worked in Agricultural and Equine Insurance for the past 6 years. Prior to this she was an Auctioneer for 7. Outside of work Emma enjoys riding and competing her horses.

Viv Vivers

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Account Executive

Viv grew up on her parents arable Farm in Scotland and went on to study Agriculture at Newcastle University. She began her career in insurance in 2013. Viv very much enjoys life in the countryside and spending time with friends.

Hannah Hubbard

Hannah Hubbard

Account Executive

Hannah joins Farmers & Mercantile after 7 years with the NFU mutual, prior to this she worked in Financial services for 16 years. Hannah enjoys spending time with her young family and is a keen photographer. She particularly enjoys taking shots of landscapes and livestock.

James Treverton

James Treverton

Account Executive

James joins Farmers & Mercantile after spending the past 11 years with the NFU mutual in Shropshire.

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