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Jack Baxter gains FACTS qualification

Jack Baxter gains FACTS qualification: Somerset-based fertiliser company GreenBest have long been renowned not just for their technical expertise, but also the care and consideration they invest in upskilling their staff. All of the Sales and Product Managers at GreenBest come from a scientific background, and now another member of the team, Jack Baxter, has joined the ranks of FACTS Qualified Advisors at GreenBest.

Jack has been working at GreenBest (which also owns the Velvit and SmartLawn brands) for three years, having worked in various labs following his Biological Sciences degree. Working predominantly with the domestic and European markets, Jack has helped a variety of businesses find the perfect fertiliser for their needs, and in turn has seen many customers’ businesses grow in size under his care.

Jack Baxter gains FACTS qualification

Jack Baxter gains FACTS qualification

James Whittick, Sales & Marketing Director at GreenBest explained “At GreenBest we have always prided ourselves on the technical knowledge of our staff – our business is built on being able to match the needs of our customers to the right fertiliser. We believe that having the right staff and giving them the training they need to progress is what makes us so special.”

Jack Baxter added “One of the standout benefits of working at GreenBest is the investment they make in your training. I enjoy a good rapport with my customers, and like to think they trust me anyway, but having gone through the rigorous training provided by the STRI this FACTS qualification will add greater weight to my recommendations.”

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Could you be the new BASIS FACTS Chairperson?

Could you be the new BASIS FACTS Chairperson?: BASIS is seeking to recruit a new Chairperson for the BASIS FACTS Advisory Committee, starting in March 2020.

The FACTS Committee comprises of representatives from a range of academic, advisory and commercial organisations, which the new Chair will oversee.

Could you be the new BASIS FACTS Chairperson?

BASIS CEO, Stephen Jacob, explains the FACTS Committee is taking forward some important changes to the FACTS scheme, to ensure professional standards are kept up to date and aligned with developments in the technical, regulatory and policy environment.

“We’re looking for a Chair that can manage robust debate around the ever-changing landscape and gain buy-in from members, as well as the bodies they represent,” says Stephen.

“The Chair will be responsible for setting the agenda, liaising with the BASIS team and ensuring that Committee members views are heard and acted upon.”

He says the Board is looking for an independent candidate who is not involved in the industries which BASIS serves.

“The new Chair needs to be an experienced manager who can demonstrate being a team player. It would also be beneficial to have experience of land-based or related industries, but this isn’t vital,” he adds.

The role requires chairing a minimum of two meetings a year, which are held in Peterborough, but the candidate can be based anywhere in the UK. In addition, the successful individual will be appointed as a Trustee of BASIS. This involves joining a further three Board meetings each year.

The FACTS Chair will be appointed by the BASIS Board of Trustees for an initial three-year term, which can be renewed annually for a further four years.

Outgoing FACTS Chair, Susannah Bolton, says she has thoroughly enjoyed the role.

“I have relished working with an engaged, expert Committee and a dedicated team at BASIS, in an area where I feel we can really make a difference and build trust in our industry,” says Susannah.

For an informal and confidential discussion to learn more about the position, please email Stephen Jacob on stephen@basis-reg.co.uk to arrange a mutually convenient time.

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