Managing Director since December 2008, Andy Coaten has become a specialist within the horticultural sector and has built a career in developing profitable, fast growing businesses. His aim at Butters is to “ensure that our staff and suppliers are in a position to deliver our customers’ key needs in terms of innovation, quality and value”.

Managing Director since December 2008, Andy Coaten has become a specialist within the horticultural sector and has built a career in developing profitable, fast growing businesses. His aim at Butters is to “ensure that our staff and suppliers are in a position to deliver our customers’ key needs in terms of innovation, quality and value”.

Operations Director Warren Hatchett joined Butters with 15 years’ experience in the fresh food manufacturing sector, working for a number of major supermarket suppliers. Drawing on a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering, he has focused on building communication and streamlining operations between departments, particularly office and factory.

Operations Director Warren Hatchett joined Butters with 15 years’ experience in the fresh food manufacturing sector, working for a number of major supermarket suppliers. Drawing on a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering, he has focused on building communication and streamlining operations between departments, particularly office and factory.

General Manager Flowers Division Jo Pearson joined Butters Group with 15 years Horticulture & 10 years FMCG experience covering Operations, Site Logistics, Commercial & General Management. Key strengths are relationships & people. Jo heads a team of 11 across Flowers and Plants; covering Commercial, Supply Chain, Development & Technical for 6 accounts.

General Manager Flowers Division Jo Pearson joined Butters Group with 15 years Horticulture & 10 years FMCG experience covering Operations, Site Logistics, Commercial & General Management. Key strengths are relationships & people. Jo heads a team of 11 across Flowers and Plants; covering Commercial, Supply Chain, Development & Technical for 6 accounts.

Peter Hicks has 20 years’ experience in the horticultural sector largely with PA Moermans who was one of the biggest garden and houseplant growers in the industry. Peter has experience in all aspects of growing and management by growing an extensive range of plants and added value products he is focused on expanding the nursery to its maximum potential over the coming years.

Peter Hicks has 20 years’ experience in the horticultural sector largely with PA Moermans who was one of the biggest garden and houseplant growers in the industry. Peter has experience in all aspects of growing and management by growing an extensive range of plants and added value products he is focused on expanding the nursery to its maximum potential over the coming years.

Purchasing Director Simon Esdale is responsible for an annual spending budget of around £25 million on plants, containers and packaging; and heads a team of 11, from senior buyers to purchasing administrators. In addition he is responsible for our growing operation, Butters Nursery, whose produce is marketed throughout the business. Having been in post at Butters since 2001, he has a wealth of experience in handling the commercial and technical functions of our retail customers.

Purchasing Director Simon Esdale is responsible for an annual spending budget of around £25 million on plants, containers and packaging; and heads a team of 11, from senior buyers to purchasing administrators. In addition he is responsible for our growing operation, Butters Nursery, whose produce is marketed throughout the business. Having been in post at Butters since 2001, he has a wealth of experience in handling the commercial and technical functions of our retail customers.

Head of Human Resources Sue Johns MCIPD joined Butters in 2012, with many years’ experience in both HR and Operations within the FMCG environment. Sue is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and focuses on employee development and engagement. This ensures the business is in a position to continue being an employer of choice.

Head of Human Resources Sue Johns MCIPD joined Butters in 2012, with many years’ experience in both HR and Operations within the FMCG environment. Sue is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and focuses on employee development and engagement. This ensures the business is in a position to continue being an employer of choice.

Financial Director Steve Phillips was appointed by the Butters Group as part of a major re-structuring of the company in 2008. He previously worked in Financial Planning for the £1 billion a year global engineering group FKI plc, but also has previous experience with a number of FMCG companies.

Financial Director Steve Phillips was appointed by the Butters Group as part of a major re-structuring of the company in 2008. He previously worked in Financial Planning for the £1 billion a year global engineering group FKI plc, but also has previous experience with a number of FMCG companies.

NPD PLANT Manager Elly Rowe Joined Butters 14 years ago. Has a wealth of knowledge in hardware sourcing and development. Previously our Senior Product Developer for Marks and Spencer. Now heading up our NPD team of 7, ensuring a constant supply of ideas and hardware development is sourced from far and wide.

NPD PLANT Manager Elly Rowe Joined Butters 14 years ago. Has a wealth of knowledge in hardware sourcing and development. Previously our Senior Product Developer for Marks and Spencer. Now heading up our NPD team of 7, ensuring a constant supply of ideas and hardware development is sourced from far and wide.

MALCOLM CATLIN HAS BEEN AT BUTTERS SINCE 2006 AND HAS MORE THAN 20 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN HORTICULTURE. MALCOLM HAS WORKED IN BOTH TECHNICAL AND COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT ROLES, COMBINING PLANT AND HARDWARE SOURCING AND QUALITY KNOWLEDGE WITH A DETAILED UNDERSTANDING OF RETAILER REQUIREMENTS.

MALCOLM CATLIN HAS BEEN AT BUTTERS SINCE 2006 AND HAS MORE THAN 20 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN HORTICULTURE. MALCOLM HAS WORKED IN BOTH TECHNICAL AND COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT ROLES, COMBINING PLANT AND HARDWARE SOURCING AND QUALITY KNOWLEDGE WITH A DETAILED UNDERSTANDING OF RETAILER REQUIREMENTS.

Group Head of Technical Tracey Thomas BSc. (hons) Floriculture Joined Butters in 2011. Has 10 years’ experience in the horticultural industry. Bringing a wealth of knowledge from an agronomic, sourcing and crop development prospective. Driving the technical strategy for the butters group.

Group Head of Technical Tracey Thomas BSc. (hons) Floriculture Joined Butters in 2011. Has 10 years’ experience in the horticultural industry. Bringing a wealth of knowledge from an agronomic, sourcing and crop development prospective. Driving the technical strategy for the butters group.

Natalie Matthews heads up our team of product developers within the flowers division, designing across 7 accounts. Natalie is a qualified florist and has been in the horticulture industry for over 20 years, managing NPD for multiple retailers in both flowers and plants. Her plant and floral knowledge is extensive, she has travelled the globe in search of new floral, hardware and packaging trends travelling to New York, India, Paris, Germany and Portugal.

Natalie Matthews heads up our team of product developers within the flowers division, designing across 7 accounts. Natalie is a qualified florist and has been in the horticulture industry for over 20 years, managing NPD for multiple retailers in both flowers and plants. Her plant and floral knowledge is extensive, she has travelled the globe in search of new floral, hardware and packaging trends travelling to New York, India, Paris, Germany and Portugal.

Group Engineering Manager GEOFF HUNT joined the company in 2013 and brings a wealth of knowledge which includes mechanical and electrical engineering,  automated machinery and PLC control. The department currently manage the expectations of teams at five sites whilst identifying, developing and implementing continuous improvement techniques within THE business.

Group Engineering Manager GEOFF HUNT joined the company in 2013 and brings a wealth of knowledge which includes mechanical and electrical engineering,  automated machinery and PLC control. The department currently manage the expectations of teams at five sites whilst identifying, developing and implementing continuous improvement techniques within THE business.

New Business Development Manager Carl Wilson Joined the Butters Group in 2015 bringing with him 30 years’ Horticultural experience covering Sales, Account Management, Business Development & Strategic Planning. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the horticultural industry and its people, Carl’s remit is to identify new markets, products and customers for the group.

New Business Development Manager Carl Wilson Joined the Butters Group in 2015 bringing with him 30 years’ Horticultural experience covering Sales, Account Management, Business Development & Strategic Planning. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the horticultural industry and its people, Carl’s remit is to identify new markets, products and customers for the group.

 

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