Marion Regan studied Botany before joining the family farming business, Hugh Lowe Farms Ltd, which she now owns and runs with her husband Jon. Established in Kent, in 1893, the business grows over 6000 tonnes of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries in substrate under tunnels and glass. It focuses on its customers’ needs for quality, season extension, provenance, environmental sustainability and ethical employment.
In 2012 Marion and Jon joined forces with Kate and Stewart Sutherland to set up Burlington Berries Pty Ltd, to produce berries in Tasmania.
Marion is a Director (and former Chairman) of Berry Gardens, the UK berry marketing cooperative, and of the agricultural robotics start up, Dogtooth Technologies Ltd. She has served as a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Soft Fruit Chair of the UK Horticulture Development Board and Trustee of the East Malling Trust for Horticultural Research. She was awarded an MBE for services to the fruit industry in 2014.
Marion is particularly interested in the rapid adoption of new technology by commercial horticulture, particularly to meet sustainability goals. She is also focusing on finding the best routes to market for producers of all sizes, in a rapidly changing marketplace.