The common bond is our love of all things fishy. Producing over 80 lines of fish from just 40 ponds is like producing a quart from a pint pot! It requires a dedicated team of players that are hugely reliant on the skills of one another. To see some of the work we do have a trawl through our blog or twitter feed.
Mark Stringer : Manager
Mark has run the farm since 1999 after we poached him from a competitor (sorry Andy). Mark’s skills are too numerous to list. He manages a very complex business in all weathers and tolerates the increasing doddery and forgetful partners, always with a smile. He combines this with rearing children and a pack of unruly dogs; sickening really. Our most successful cod fisherman by a country mile.
Lewis Simmonds: Stockman
Lewis came to HCH in 2016 and has integrated well into the team. He came to us after a successful placement the previous summer whilst studying at Sparsholt for his diploma. He is by far the biggest carp fisherman among us! He is also a keen footballer and always on hand to look after the farms unruly pack of dogs!
Michelle Stringer: Office Manager
As our office manager, Michelle is really the only person who understands what is going on! She is amazingly calm in a sea of paperwork and compliance!
Chris Seagrave: Partner
Chris started HCH in 1985 and is a leading authority on cyprinid farming, pond management and football trivia. Only seen occasionally on the farm these days but always on hand to give advice and guidance.
Pat Haughton : Partner
Pat has hung up his felt pens after 30 years of teaching at Sparsholt’s fishery management department. He still keeps involved, liaising with Coppens International to run a sponsored student feed trial each Spring. Pat’s role on the farm is operations and planning. He generally does anything on the farm that requires hitting with a shovel. Possibly the best paraglider pilot in the group.
Marilyn Seagrave: Partner
Although Marilyn is now semi-retired she can still juggle giving office advice around her grandchild baby-sitting duties! She also ensures that our staff receive a nice large birthday cake on the right day.
Rosie Haughton: Partner
As Rosie lives on the farm with Pat she is automatically first reserve for all areas when the boys are away on a junket. She can start generators, feed fry and never panics when problems start the minute we all go off site.