Who We Are

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IPF are the truly independent precision service provider.

The IPF team works alongside farmers and their advisors throughout the UK and Ireland.

Since its launch in 2004 IPF has set the standard in the precision farming sector. We pride ourselves on attention to detail, excellent customer service and innovative use of the latest technologies.

Our in depth knowledge of soil makes us first choice for precision farming and soil nutrient management.

IPF continues to be developed in conjunction with leading farmers and agronomists. This ensures that we remain the most flexible, simple to use and cost-effective precision farming service on the market.

The IPF Team

  • Tom Westerman
  • Tom Westerman - Precision Farming Account Manager

    Will Walters

    Tom joined IPF in 2013, soil sampling whilst completing his studies at the Royal Agricultural University where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture (Sustainable Soil Management). Tom is FACTS qualified and became an IPF Account Manager in September 2014.


    Tom’s interest in agriculture came from a six month stint mustering cattle on a 1 million acre beef station in the Australian outback! He has since gained further practical experience, spending his summer’s working the harvest with Farmcare. Tom has a keen interest in technology and its use in agriculture. Other interests include playing squash, football and riding motorbikes.

  • James Windridge
  • James Windridge - Grassland Account Manager

    James Windridge

    Following a summer placement in 2014, James joined IPF the following year after completing his studies at the Royal Agricultural University where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Agriculture. He also gained his BASIS Soil and Water qualification when at university. In 2007, James completed a National Diploma in Agriculture achieving a distinction.

    James' interest in agriculture has developed from a young age having grown up on dairy farms, both organic and conventional. His interest in livestock has led him to national level stock judging competitions. James's other interests include shooting, skiing and his classic tractor.

  • Chris Puttick
  • Chris Puttick – Precision Farming Account Manager

    Chris Puttick

    Chris joined IPF in 2014 as a soil sampler whilst finishing his studies at the Royal Agricultural University. After graduating in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture (Sustainable Soil And Water Management) Chris joined the team of IPF Account Managers.

    Chris developed an interest in agriculture from a young age whilst working with his father on the family farm. Additional work experience with an agronomist furthered Chris’ interest in agricultural sciences. Chris has since gained experience with New Holland all over Europe. In Brussels he was one of the first to drive the biggest combine in the world! Other interests consist of playing rugby at Marlborough RFC, shooting and fishing.

  • Max Dafforn
  • Max Dafforn - IPF Technical Marketing Manager

    Max Daffron

    Max has a keen interest in plant biology and agriculture. He has a BSc in Plant Science (Manchester) and an MSc in Sustainable Crop Production from the University of Warwick. He moved from Pembrokeshire to join the Courtyard team in 2011 and has since completed his FACTS qualification. Other interests include surfing, fishing, running, cooking, and the outdoors.

  • Nick Humphries
  • Nick Humphries - Precision Farming Account Manager

    Nick Humphries

    Nick has a first class BSc (Hons) in Agriculture (Sustainable Soil Management) from The Royal Agricultural University and is further qualified in FACTS, BASIS Soil and Water, PA1, PA2 and PA4S. Nick has practical experience in arable and vegetable farming, has an interest in soil science and a past background in IT. Hobbies include CrossFit, rugby union, golf, mountaineering and he is a self-confessed fitness nut!

  • Alex McIntosh
  • Alex McIntosh - Precision Farming Account Manager

    Alex McIntosh

    Alex joined IPF in 2012 having graduated from University of Plymouth with a BSc in Earth Science. He started work as a soil sampler collecting P,K,Mg samples. Since then he has gone on to carry out pH testing, Soil Mineral Nitrogen sampling, soil zoning and most recently begun training as an Account Manager. Alex is a keen cyclist riding and racing for local club Cotswold Veldrijden.

  • Lucy Bane
  • Lucy Bane – Marketing Project Manager

    Lucy Bane

    Lucy has recently joined the team at IPF. She has a marketing background in both finance and construction and is also a qualified internal auditor. Lucy has recently completed seven years of part-time study and has graduated with a first class BSc Hons in Psychology. In her spare time Lucy is a keen gardener and decorator, having bought an old cottage requiring renovation!

  • Richard Middleton
  • Richard Middleton - Technical Services Manager

    Richard Middleton

    Richard has a HND in Agriculture (Seale Hayne) and is FACTS qualified. Richard has 20 years practical farming experience in Leicestershire, Shropshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire including arable, beef, sheep, dairy and woodland. Richard also has 21 years experience in soil consultancy. Hobbies include road cycling with local club Wanborough Vets and walking.

  • Tom Taylor
  • Tom Taylor - Technical Support Analyst

    Tom Taylor

    Tom has a BSc in Interdisciplinary Science from the University of Leicester, and a keen interest in computing and the environment. Tom's interests include running, walking, and when possible skiing.

  • Zhigang Liu
  • Zhigang Liu - Head Soil Scientist

    Zhigang Liu

    Liu has a BSc (P.R.China), MSc (Reading), Ph.D (Coventry) and is FACTS qualified. Liu's interests are precision farming, soil management, nutrient management and forage legumes.

  • Andrew May
  • Andrew May - Soil and Grassland Consultant

    Andrew May

    Andy has a BSc in Agriculture (Aberystwyth) and an MSc in Soil Science and Environmental Pollution Management (Reading). He has 10 years practical farming experience (arable and sheep) along with 15 years forestry conservation management in the UK and Texas. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, cycling, community sports coaching and GCSE homework!!

  • Lizzy Black
  • Lizzy Black - Soil Sampling Manager

    Lizzy Black

    Lizzy came to IPF in 2009, having graduated from University College Falmouth with a degree in Graphic Design. With a love of the outdoors she took to the job of soil sampling and has been sampling ever since. Now trained in P, K, MG and pH testing Lizzy carries out a large quantity of the local sampling, as well as occasional long distance jobs. Lizzy also enjoys walking the family dogs as well as photography, art, the gym and travelling.

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