Who We Are
I’Anson Brothers Ltd is a long established supplier of premium animal feeds to the farming communities of Yorkshire, the North of England and the rest of the UK.
Our success as a company is built upon the consistently high standards we have achieved with our livestock feed across the wide range we produce coupled with the reputation for service we have built among our customers.
Meet some of our senior team ...
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Unsurprisingly, Chris I’Anson has spent his whole life involved with the family firm in some way. After formally joining the business in 1978, Chris spent 15 years working his way up through the company before becoming Managing Director in 1993.
As part of his role, Chris not only oversees the business and supports the managers but also takes a hands-on approach, walking the floor on a regular basis. Splitting his time evenly between day-to-day management and strategic planning for the future, Chris particularly enjoys working in research and development on innovative new products and processes.
Quick to note that its success is very much a team effort, Chris is immensely proud of the company and prides himself on the quality of the products and service it delivers.
A fourth generation I’Anson with the business in his DNA, Chris finds it particularly rewarding to be carrying on the family tradition. He’s also happy to report that members of the fifth generation are getting involved now too!
Outside of work, Chris is a keen ultra marathon runner and in 2016 participated in the Great North Run for the 20th time. In addition Chris researches local and his family history.
Will I’Anson joined the company in 1986 and as Sales Director heads up Masham Micronized Feeds, British Horse Feeds and the Raw Material purchasing book. After a spell working in other industry , he took an interest in the family business and was able to learn the tricks of the trade under the guidance of the late Derek I’Anson and former sales director John Buckley for Masham Micronized Feeds.
Thirty years later, he has a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw on in his day-to-day role. This involves reviewing markets whilst keeping up to date with industry trends, buying many different ingredients for the Mill and alongside a strong team, selling Micronized Feedstuffs and Equine feeds.
Will carries out his role efficiently and successfully, enjoying daily communication with customers and suppliers alike, whilst dealing with the fluctuation in global raw materials markets and the sheer unpredictability of global economies. He finds his role extremely rewarding and is particularly proud of his fourth generation roots and the establishment of the British Horse Feeds division in 2000, which was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2008 in the innovation category and now exports to more than 30 countries.
He puts the success of the business overall down to a strong team of hard working committed staff, who are part of the ‘Family’. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Sarah (nee I’Anson, sister of Chris & Will) joined the business in 1983. She has a wealth of experience within the company after working her way up to her current position and has worked across all departments of the business within her career. Her industry knowledge and expertise is invaluable and makes her the ‘go to’ member of staff for enquiries from colleagues.
Sarah’s role includes supporting Technical Sales Manager Philip Stockill and dealing with customers. Her longevity within the business means she has done most of the jobs in the office and can draw on previous experience to support and share her knowledge with colleagues and customers alike.
Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family on her small sheep and cattle farm. She also enjoys holidays to Greece and sampling her favourite local dishes!
Philip Stockill joined I’Anson in 2015. He has worked in the animal feed industry for 30 years, holding a number of technical/nutrition and other roles giving him a wealth of experience in the feeding of livestock and the production of animal feed. Philip also has a degree in Animal Nutrition from Newcastle University.
His grandfather had a dairy farm on the edge of the North York Moors and Philip spent school and college holidays working with his uncle transporting livestock to and from farms, markets and abattoirs. It was this experience that first interested Philip in finding out how nutrition and animal feed in particular helped make animals grow and produce milk. Philip has known the I’Anson family for 30 years, both as a supplier and customer, and so the opportunity to work in a family business was too good to turn down.
A usual day for Philip involves formulating rations for customers, fielding enquiries from the sales team and clients, and answering technical queries. For Philip, the most rewarding parts of his job, he says, are working in a family business where everyone understands farming, and supplying customers with the best possible products.
Outside of work, Philip enjoys playing most sports, playing table tennis and as time allows, watching as much sport as possible, especially football as he is a big Sheffield Wednesday supporter and, as a true Yorkshireman, the county cricket team.
Richard joined I’Anson in 2006. Hailing from a farming background, he has been immersed in the industry for a number of years. Richard’s experiences working in logistics for a local brewery for 24 years have also equipped him with useful skills for his day-to-day role at I’Anson.
This includes ensuring products are delivered on time, while aiming to exceed customer expectations and overcoming typical challenges for rural areas, such as road closures and poor weather conditions.
Richard enjoys living and working in Masham for a family-run firm, which he believes has helped him build on his industry awareness and knowledge. During his time at I’Anson, he has built an exceptional team of 12 full-time drivers.
Richard is kept busy by his two daughters but in his spare time enjoys playing golf, running, spending time in the outdoors and more recently, gardening.
Howard Jackson joined I’Anson in 1980. Previously, he had worked for the late Jonathan Ropner, the farmer responsible for the famed Dalesend herd, from the age of 15. As part of that role, Howard supplied I’Anson with wheat/grain and following the dispersal of the herd, elected to join I’Anson full time to work in the mill.
On an average day, Howard mainly works to purchase the grains, pulses and other raw materials required by the mill. This role also includes managing stock and overseeing the transportation and logistical side of this process. He also gets to work in research and development, trialling different cereals and pulses.
For Howard, the most rewarding parts of the job are being fair as a business, hearing the positive reputation being generated via word of mouth and looking at the month end results. Above all, he prizes the family ethos central to the company.
In his spare time, Howard is a keen gardener and enjoys spending quiet time in his ‘man shed’!
Stuart Pender joined I’Anson in September 2010, following a nine-year stint as an office manager at an accountancy firm. Prior to this, Stuart spent fifteen years in the retail industry, in which time he progressed from a shop assistant to an area manager.
Now working as a Sales Representative at Masham Micronized Feeds, a role he began in 2013, an average day for Stuart focuses heavily on customer service, and involves attending many off-site client meetings. Stuart also has to keep abreast of ever-changing costs, so spends much of his day pricing up products to ensure accuracy for customers.
Stuart’s responsibilities also extend to the international arm of the business. With horse feed customers in 38 countries, Stuart often works on both managing and maintaining long distance relationships and the logistics of delivering product abroad. Growing the company’s customer base in Germany is one of Stuart’s key achievements in the role.
When asked about the most rewarding thing about working for I’Anson, Stuart is quick to praise both the family ethos surrounding the business and the great team he works alongside.
Outside of work, Stuart is a keen sportsman and played rugby for thirty years before becoming a competitive triathlete.
For our customers, quality products are only the vital first half of their buying experience with us. It’s only through the expertise of our team that the products come into their own – we work closely with each and every customer to ensure we recommend and supply the right feeds for your requirements.