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. 


Stuart Austin

Stuart joined NFL in 2013, but prior to that had been taking two weeks holiday from his job as a car mechanic to come and work on the farm during harvest time from about the time he was old enough to drive tractors!

Stuart is in charge of the sprayer which is in operation throughout the year, and also heads up the cultivation work: preparing the ground after it has been harvested and before it is drilled. 


Tracey Marsh

Tracey joined us in 2012 as a bookkeeper, although she turns her hand to pretty much anything in the office! She runs each of our client accounts, providing both a set of draft and final accounts for them each year. 



Each year we employ a student from Harper Adams University, who joins us for their sandwich placement year as part of their four year degree programme. This gives them a year of practical experience on a busy, thriving, large arable farm; and gives us the opportunity to support new entrants into the farming sector, and possibly employ them further once they are qualified.


Working at Nonington

If you are interested in applying to work for Nonington Farms, particularly during our busy periods, then please contact us or complete our application form. We always welcome enquiries from people who are willing to help us, particularly during the spring and summer periods. In addition to our student placement, we take on suitable students for harvest, and tend to advertise for this in January or February. Tractor driving experience is preferable.