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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Jeni Collings

Jeni has worked in our Devon office since 2012 where she takes responsibility for supporting and training the Breed Society secretaries who use our software.  She also works closely with the day to day management of the Jacob Sheep Society, Blue Texel Sheep Society and British Alpaca Society registries and members. 

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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 Goat Society and Valais Blacknose Sheep breeders.

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Ian Kevan

Ian is an experienced specialist App developer who joined the Grassroots team as a consultant in 2019.  He is working with Margaret on the creation of the next generation of the Grassroots software for Breed Societies which will be web based.  He is leading the project to create a new Grassroots Farmers App for use on mobile phones and tablets.