Merston Peters joins De Lacy Executive in The Farms.Com Group has announced the acquisition of Merston Peters, based in Bury St Edmunds, to its growing portfolio of talent resource solutions.

Martin Thorley, who established Merston Peters, will remain as director of the business.  Current managing director of De Lacy Executive, Stuart Goodinson, has been named group managing director for in Europe, overseeing both De Lacy Executive and Merston Peters.  In addition, Grace Nugent has been promoted to general manager for De Lacy Executive Recruitment with additional responsibilities for maintaining relationships with key clients.

Martin Thorley

Martin Thorley

“Following the turbulence of the past 18 months, employers operating in the agriculture and food marketplaces have an unprecedented need for talent attraction and retention solutions,” says Graham Dyer, president and CEO of “Merston Peters is a respected brand in the European marketplace, and Martin’s 35 years of experience provides us with an excellent opportunity to continue to successfully build our career-based suite of products in Europe.”

Founded in 1986, Merston Peters offers retained recruitment and consultancy services at board, senior and specialist level throughout the UK and European agriculture and food sectors and will complement the existing De Lacy business.

Whether for manufacturers or distributors across fresh produce, crop, or livestock, Merston Peters’ philosophy is to deliver exceptional recruitment services for senior positions to progressive, people focussed agri-businesses, while providing candidates in a discerning and professional manner.  Merston Peters helps to ensure top leadership positions in agribusinesses are carefully filled with discretion to ensure the continued success of its clients., based in Ontario, Canada, is a leading supplier of innovative information products and services for the global agriculture and food industries.  The Group focuses on solutions in three key areas: HR solutions, Media & Publishing, and Software Services.  The HR Solutions group includes, and De Lacy Executive Recruitment.’s international resources and global market reach will have a positive impact for Merston Peters, ensuring that the best global talent is available for all of the group’s clients’ needs.

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John Swire - Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.