Capital Agri International

The Team

The Capital Agri International team focus on operational excellence fused with corporate financial expertise, collectively deployed into agri investments

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Hadyn Craig

Managing Director

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Hadyn is an experienced agribusiness consultant from New Zealand with 18 years of hands on farm management, applied science and investment experience. Hadyn holds a Master of Science from Otago University, NZ and has deployed practical and scientific expertise across projects for New Zealand’s leading agri consultancy. His special interests are integrating innovation that impacts the economic performance and sustainability of farm businesses, especially in the areas of animal breeding/genetics and production system technology. Hadyn enjoys working with value-add investment opportunities so he can apply pragmatic solutions to problems and leverage his expertise to maximise returns and capital value of assets. Experienced in all areas of ag investing, Hadyn has worked on projects across the globe and is currently integrating UK AgTech initiatives into large scale cattle farming in Paraguay.

A keen sportsman with a passion for outdoor activity, Hadyn lives on West Coast of Scotland with his partner and two children.

Charlie Hancock

Director of Fresh Produce Portfolio

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With 25 years’ experience in the fresh produce industry managing farmland, vegetable packing plants and supply chain, Charlie has operated at every level of agri business. Delivering improved business performance scaling up high value crops into food service, wholesale and major supermarkets in the UK and EU. An experienced whole farm business manager, Charlie has led evaluation, land acquisition and business restructures driving efficiencies through centralisation and the integration of up to date technologies. Qualified in Agriculture and Farm Management from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, Charlie is a lively communicator with a passion for investment. Stakeholder alignment, facilitation and turning around distressed projects he operates with ease at high and ground level. With experience in China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Nigeria and Bangladesh his focus is Sri Lanka and SE Asia and spends 3 months a year in the region.

Charlie, once a jump jockey is an avid sports enthusiast and lives with his partner near Ely in Cambridgeshire.

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Debbie Rolmanis

Director of Wellness and Functional Foods Porfolio

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Debbie spent 15 years running her own global high performance consultancy for equestrian sport, managing Olympic and World Games athletes. She qualified in Corporate Sustainability and ESG for Investment, working with businesses to develop their ESG strategy’s. She has been a member of the Cap Ag team since 2018, focusing her expertise in sustainable agricultural development and marketing on the firms food production projects in Sri Lanka.

Debbie lives in Dorset, England.

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Lawrence Brown

Director of Animal Science Portfolio

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Lawrence is a qualified veterinary surgeon and management consultant with over 10 years international experience across clinical practice, the wider animal health sector and sustainable food production. He has advised numerous public and private sector organizations including the Department for International Trade, Scottish Enterprise and the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock. Lawrence is working with several burgeoning start-ups and is a mentor to entrepreneurs at GROW, Southeast Asia’s first dedicated agrifood tech accelerator, and the Roslin Innovation Centre.

Lawrence is an invited member of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Animal Sciences Advisory Board and the Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group for Animal Health, Aquaculture and Agri-tech. He is a regular speaker at conferences and co-founded ‘A3 Scotland’, Scotland’s premier event for agrifoodinnovation. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and an Executive MBA (Distinction) both from the University of Edinburgh.

He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and daughter.

Tim Byrne

Director

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Tim has over 15 years of experience as an applied scientist. His work mantra is simple: good scientists need to deliver impact, not just solutions. A broad thinker and an in-depth leader, Tim can help identify investment and technology opportunities and successfully integrate them into businesses to thrive.

Tim is the managing director of AbacusBio International, based in Edinburgh. AbacusBio are shareholders and science partners with Capital Agri. Tim works on developing, delivering, and reviewing international agri-technology programs. His strength lies in the economic evaluation of technologies in the red meat and dairy supply chains, especially in data/information programs and genetic improvement technologies in farmed livestock.

Tim lives in Edinburgh with his wife and family.

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Chris Horne

Director of Crop Science Portfolio

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Chris is an entrepreneurial agribusiness operator with significant international experience. He spent 22 years in a range of marketing and product development roles within major agribusiness corporations which spanned the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Chris has advised the UK Department for International Trade as an industry specialist, providing guidance for attracting overseas investors and supporting UK agritech companies to develop export links.

In addition, Chris is an advisor to a number of innovative companies operating in the vertical farming and crop nutrition/protection sectors and is a shareholder and director in an agribusiness market research firm. Chris also provides mentorship to companies in GROW – the agri-food tech
accelerator based in Singapore, and Farm491 the UK agritech incubator.

Chris is excited by the unfolding high-tech revolution and what it can bring to this industry in performance, efficiency and sustainability.

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