Gary Mills-Thomas has joined agronomy service group Hutchinsons in the new role of arable business director. He has spent over 30 years at Syngenta and its predecessor businesses, eight of which as country head for the UK & Ireland.

Arable agriculture is facing a major period of transition, with less state support, more environmental demands and evolving end-user requirements, states Hutchinsons. Mr Mills-Thomas’s appointment reflects its ambition to accelerate the growth of the business through a continued focus upon outstanding agronomic advice, alongside the continuing development of a wide range of specialist services.

Mr Mills-Thomas was sales and marketing manager at plant breeder New Farm Crops, then part of Novartis, before the business was merged into Syngenta in 2000. He became European cereal seed manager, then UK managing director for Syngenta Seeds before promotion to sales manager for Syngenta Crop Protection. In 2011 he was appointed UK and Ireland country head, spending the last year as Syngenta’s hybrid wheat commercialisation lead for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

“I am excited to be joining a business that is so heavily committed to investing in the future of agronomic advice and supply, not just through its innovative technologies, products and services such as Omnia and TerraMap, but also through its phenomenal investment in the training and development of its people, which in my view cannot be matched anywhere else in the industry,” says Mr Mills-Thomas.

Hutchinsons’ chairman David Hutchinson adds: “As we plan for the future, it is essential that the Hutchinsons business continues to develop and deliver the most profitable, innovative and environmentally sustainable crop production solutions to farmers. To do this, we will continue to invest in our people and services to match our customers’ needs. We are delighted that Gary shares this vision.”