3:21pm Friday 16th August 2013
By Mike Bridgen
A COMMERCIAL agricultural entrepreneur has joined the board of one of the fastest growing firms in the anaerobic digestion (AD) sector.
Derek Noble, who has led a series of successful farming and fuels businesses, has been appointed a director at JFS & Associates Ltd, of Stokesley.
JFS is on course to build, own and operate 25 AD and biogas plants within the next five years. Mr Noble has become a shareholder in the business and will now use his wealth of experience to help guide and advise the firm.
He said: “My career in agriculture and energy has spanned almost 50 years and I was keen to become involved with a business in the renewable energy sector.
“With JFS, I have found a team that shares my passion and enthusiasm for agriculture and renewable energy. There was an instant synergy and I am confident that JFS will become extremely successful within this important sector in no small part to the competence and dedication of the executive directors and the team here.”
Mr Noble was managing director of a subsidiary of Rank Hovis McDougall and then founded and led oil distributors Noble Fuels for nearly 30 years. During his latest appointment he was advised by lawyers at Stockton-based Archers Law where he has been a client for more than 20 years.
Peter Johnson and Matthew Flint founded JFS in 2011. It has already developed two AD facilities at farms in Guisborough and Cumbria which convert manures, slurries and silage into electricity to power hundreds of homes.
David Adams, an associate who specialises in corporate and commercial deals at Archers Law, said: “Derek is extremely respected within the agriculture and renewables sector and we wanted to make sure the conditions were right for our client to join the board.
“It was important to strike a balance where our client’s interests were protected while creating an environment for relationships to develop and the business to flourish.”
Mr Flint, director of JFS & Associates, said: “Derek brings an incredible amount of experience running agricultural and energy businesses and dealing with farms and farmers.”
Mr Johnson, fellow director, added: “Archers Law were instrumental in bringing Derek to the board and were extremely competent and professional throughout the process.
“He has the contacts and relationships which will prove invaluable in getting in front of our target market and helping the business to realise its ambitions.”
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