Claydon Drills appoint a Territory Manager for south east England and Scandinavia

  • New Territory Manager appointed for south east England and Scandinavia
  • Jacob Darby studied at the Royal Agricultural University
  • Worked for Soil Fertility Services Ltd
  • Joined Claydon in 2011 as Assistant UK Sales Manager and was promoted to Export Manager


Claydon Drills has appointed Jacob Darby as Territory Manager for south east England and Scandinavia.

Brought up in Norfolk, Jacob studied at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester from 2005 – 2008. After working as a trainee for potato producer NNPG he went on to work for Norfolk-based Soil Fertility Services Ltd, then spent a year in Austria launching and running an olive oil manufacturing and retail business. Jacob joined Claydon in 2011 as Assistant UK Sales Manager and was subsequently promoted to Export Manager.

During the last three years, sales of Claydon products have increased significantly as farmers all over the world become more aware of the benefits of the innovative Opti-Till® System, combined with an expansion of the company’s global dealer network. As part of its strategic development plan Jacob will be developing new distribution channels and sales in areas where Claydon products have traditionally had a strong following.

In the UK, where he reports to Rob Dunk, Sales Manager for the UK and Republic of Ireland, Jacob will be supporting existing customers and dealers in Kent, East Sussex, and West Sussex, where numerous long-standing Claydon users have operated the Opti-Till® System successfully for many years.

Commercial Director Spencer Claydon, says, “We are delighted to welcome Jacob back to Claydon and his appointment is a pivotal part of our growth strategy at a time when interest in Claydon products has never been greater and sales are increasing. His experience of our machinery, together with the requirements of UK and Scandinavian farmers will help us to increase our presence in these important regions at a time when the sector faces legislative, economic and weather-related challenges.”

Claydon has been instrumental in providing farmers all over the world with cutting-edge machinery to establish any crop that can be air sown, in all types of soil and in all climatic conditions, for almost 20 years. Scandinavia has traditionally been one of the company’s largest export markets and in Denmark, for example, it has been very successful since 2014 and now works closely with the sole importer, Brørup Tractor & Maskincenter in Jutland.

“With more frequent extremes of weather occurring all over the world it is vital for farmers to operate a system which is effective in all conditions, minimises risk and provides sufficient capacity to establish crops when conditions are most favourable. Opti-Till® provides massive improvements in timeliness, productivity, yields, profitability, soil health and structure, whilst also reducing erosion and carbon emissions.”