Meet the Team

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Libby Henson

Libby is co-director and co-founder of Grassroots Systems Ltd.  She has been involved in pedigree livestock breeding and the conservation of rare breeds of farm livestock all her life. Her dad was the founder chairman of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the UK and her family are well known and well respected in the livestock world. She set up and ran an equivalent to the RBST in the USA, worked for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, ran a number of pedigree breed societies and was a member of the UK and Devolved Governments committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR).

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Margaret Hargreaves

Margaret is co-director and co-founder of Grassroots Systems Ltd. She has been a software developer all her working life, specialising mainly in ‘Vertical Market’ software where many customers with slightly different requirements use the same system.  Having worked in the electricity and then insurance industries she has revolutionised the way breed societies manage and interact with their data through Grassroots.

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Terry Hulme

Terry joined the IT team in 2020,  working closely with Margaret on the major re-write of our legacy software, and the planning and development of our new software tools.  An experienced software developer, Terry has worked previously in IT development for the dairy industry.

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Jeni Collings

Jeni has worked in our Devon office since 2012 and now leads the Administration Team; overseeing the running of the registries managed in-house with special responsibility for the British Alpaca Society.   Jeni also takes responsibility for supporting and training the breed society secretaries that use our software. 

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Carolyn Day

Carolyn came to Grassroots after working for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) for a number of years and is especially familiar with our work with rare breed conservation.  She is primarily responsible for managing the registries for the eight Combined Flock Book breeds for the RBST as well as the Bagot Goats for the Bagot Goat Society.  She also co-ordinates the Breed Society input into the Native and Traditional Breeds National Show and Sale at Melton Mowbray.

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Helen Brooks

Having come from an Account/Finance background, Helen joined Grassroots in 2020.  She takes primary responsibility for the Blue Texel Sheep Society and the Jacob Sheep Society registries and assists in financial processing and project work.

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Freya Tapp

Freya joined Grassroots in 2020 after obtaining a First class honours degree in Geology at Birmingham University. Freya is primarily responsible for the Valais Sheep Society registry,  managing the often complicated embryo transfer and parentage verification process.  Freya also assists with the Combined Flock Book, our other agency registries and project work.