Our people

James Loder-Symonds

Director and owner of NFL. Agronomist and BASIS and FACTS qualified. CEVAS qualified.

Having completed a degree in Farm Business Management at Imperial College Wye in Farm Business Management, James trained as an agronomist before coming home to run the farm in 2003. He developed a contract farming business which he took over in 2013 when Nonington Farms was born.

"Being able to offer high levels of detailed attention as a result of being an agronomist to our landlowners, and combining it with precision farming technologies and integrated crop management, means high yields at sustainable, and ever more efficient farms."


Emma Loder-Symonds

Director and owner of NFL. Teacher.

Having gained a degree in Geography at University of Durham, she went on to complete a Masters in Rural Estate Management at Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, before qualifying as a rural chartered surveyor with Strutt & Parker. Emma then changed tack and became a teacher, qualifying in 2007. She is currently able to combine these two professions by running the farm with James, and focussing on the learning visits carried out on the farm.

"I love nothing more than facilitating outdoor education for all ages, enabling connections to be made between the beautiful countryside and wildlife people see and food production everyone enjoys."


Richard Jordan

Richard joined NFL back in 2003 when James started to run the farm. In the summer he is in charge of combining the crops on our combine harvester and running the harvest team of corn carters. The rest of the year he manages the crop establishment, getting to grips with our regenerative agricultural practices of direct drilling.  


Stuart Austin

Stuart joined NFL in 2013, before which he was a car mechanic. He has now traded cars for tractors - Stuart is in charge of the sprayer which is in operation throughout the year. He also heads up the cultivation work: preparing the ground after it has been harvested and before it is drilled, as well as establishing our all important cover crops.


Emma Pearson 

 Emma joined NFL in 2021. She is in charge of the office and runs the administration of the business, as well as most of the rest of our lives too! 


Sarah Key

Sarah joined NFL in 2020 and has found her passion in the education side of our business, taking out school groups to the woods. She is wonderfully creative and can make all sorts of things out of natural materials, which she passes on to learners with a mixture of enthusiasm and encouragement.


Working at Nonington - assistant FARm Manager

We are currently looking for an assistant farm manager to help drive our business forward in an exciting new stage as we role out our regenerative agricultural practices across our farmed land. For more information and details please contact us directly. Application form available upon request. 

If you are interested in applying to work for or volunteer at Nonington Farms,  then please contact us.