Meet The Team: Richard Cogman


Having a real passion to arable agriculture, Richard spent teenage years working on farms close to home in south Norfolk, before studying Agriculture at Shuttleworth College whilst extending his practical experience on larger enterprises, working with combinable, root and vegetable crops.

After graduation Richard joined British Sugar in 1987 working as a trials officer within the field R&D team, quickly gaining responsibility for a diverse range of field experiments, including managing variety trials (now NL & RL), mobile tarehouse harvesting and an alternative crops programme.

In 1991, Richard transferred into mainstream Agriculture and headed to Ipswich Sugar Factory as Factory Agronomist; supporting all growers with the latest advice to underpin yield, quality and  crop profitability. In addition to this, Richard also started the British Sugar TOPSOIL business that is a renowned co-product success. Between 1996 and 1999 Richard took on the role of Agricultural Operations Manager where he managed beet purchase and was the interface between crop production and beet processing at Ipswich.

In early 1999, Richard was seconded into British Sugar’s Technical Centre in Norwich focusing on new opportunities as a project lead, focusing on innovation with specific focus on fibre crop viability in the UK and Europe.

Later in 1999 and until 2018, Richard was appointed as National LimeX Manager with complete responsibility for every aspect of that co-product business, including high quality field trials in a diverse range of arable, vegetable and forage crops. This passion and expertise for co-products took Richard through much of Northern Europe, Spain and China; as well as having key involvement with major capital projects and other co-product management, including AD and digestate.

In 2018, whilst retaining LimeX, Richard also took on the Agricultural Business Manager role at Cantley Sugar Factory, leading the local agronomy team, and moving into leadership teams across British Sugar and AB Sugar before taking a short career break in late 2021.

Richard has been a member of the BASIS Professional Register (BASIS and FACTS) for almost 30 years and holds a NEBOSH safety qualification.

Contact Strube UK

If you would like to know more about Strube, then please do not hesitate to contact us by calling Richard on 07983 314424 or email him here