Alex Fisher – Founder and CEO
Alex has driven the Saturn Grower technology from initial experiments through to market ready product over the last 6 years.
He has significant experience in all aspects of the technology and its application in the commercial growing market place.
He is working with some of the UK’s leading horticultural crop growers, processors, industry figures and researchers, as well as with commercial partners in international markets.
Alex has overall responsibility for the direction of the company but remains involved with all customers at both sales and support levels.
Arnoud Witteveen – Research, Development and Technical Support
Arnoud joined the company in 2015, to take forward the R&D with a particular focus on hydroponics science. His work predominantly focuses on using hydroponic science to manipulate the controllable variables delivering improvements in crop yields and quality, including colour, flavour and shelf-life.
Qualified as a plant breeder, he has a profound understanding of plants right down to a genetic level, heralding from the finest pedigree in the horticultural world, Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Elena Riva – Bio-Chemistry
Elena has been working with the company since 2012. Her focus is on the in depth chemistry associated with nutrient solutions, water quality and biological / non-biological plant growth enhancers.
Elena is an organic chemist who has always worked at the cutting edge including at the Universities of Cambridge, Warwick and Milan and undertaking projects for both specialist research companies and global corporations.
A charming Italian, Elena also plays a key role in the company’s work in this important market.
Alice Hutchings – Sales and Support
Joining the company in 2013, Alice spent two years investigating and testing the Saturn Grower,
improving and modifying it before bringing the system out of the realms of research into commercialisation.
This created the job she now holds leading the operations and support where she not only keeps the research and commercial worlds in touch but also lends some glamour to an otherwise muddy business!
Fortunately for our customers, Alice is the one they see lots of, taking care of their every need.
Having come from years as a marine scientist and diver, she can still often be found sixty foot down explaining the finer points of pak choi growth to the sharks!
Mary Stafford – Agricultural Economist
Mary has been a board member and key adviser since Saturn Bioponics was founded. She is an agricultural economist with a long career in agricultural and horticultural systems, market structures and strategy; and in the science and technology of food production including nutrition, freshness and functional food.
A graduate of Oxford University and the formidable former Wye College, before embarking on a career as an agricultural market researcher and consultant, Mary has seen the evolution of the horticultural sector over many years from both an academic and applied perspective.