about us

Fischer Farms is an independent company and we built our Version 1.0 indoor farm, housed in a shipping container, in 2016. In Autumn, 2017, we built our Version 2.0 farm: this is the basis of our large-scale Version 3.0 Research and Development building which was constructed in the Summer of 2019.  

Board of directors

The Fischer Farms board can be split into two main parts: those who have the specialist and relevant knowledge for developing Vertical Farms and those with extensive experience in developing, constructing and owning renewable energy assets, such as wind and solar farms.

John Stapleton
Non Executive Chairman

John is Chairman of Fischer Farms (appointed December 2020) and is accomplished in creating and growing successful consumer-facing brands in the food and drink industry. In 1987 John co-founded The New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd which pioneered and grew the fresh soup category in the UK. John successfully exited NCGSC in 1998 and then co-founded Glencoe Foods Inc., to bring the fresh soup concept to the US. In 2005, John co-founded Little Dish, which supplies healthy, natural and convenient meals and snacks to children over one year old. John successfully exited Little Dish in 2017.

John is a business thought leader and delivers keynotes on a range of entrepreneurial, management & motivational leadership topics. John is resident business advisor to Bord Bia’s entrepreneurial start-up programme in Ireland and is investor director at Mission Ventures, a progressive business accelerator designed to build challenger brands in the UK. John has held previous Chairman roles for Private Equity-backed businesses in the retail and consumer sector.   

Tristan Fischer
Founder and CEO

Tristan is the founder of Fischer Farms and its largest shareholder. His agritech interests also include: FishFrom Ltd, a land-based salmon company; and Great British Prawns Ltd, a land-based shrimp company, both using Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology. He is also the Chairman of C-Capture, a carbon capture company, and a board director of Dukosi Ltd, a smart battery company.

 

Tristan was previously the Chairman and CEO of Lumicity, which developed over £145m of infrastructure assets in the UK agricultural sector, including solar projects and 179 biomass package plant rooms worth £25m for the poultry sector. He has been involved in infrastructure projects for over 20 years in a career that combines large companies such as Citigroup and Shell with SMEs such as Camco – which he listed on AIM, increasing shareholder value by 6 times.

David Jones
Non-Executive Director

David is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of Asterion Industrial Partners, the Madrid-based European infrastructure fund manager and a member of the External Advisory Board of Shell New Energies. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. From 2004 to 2017 he was CEO of the renewables business of Allianz Capital Partners, where he invested over €4bn in wind and solar park assets across Europe and the USA. Prior to that he led Shell’s wind energy business and held senior business development positions at El Paso, Sithe Energies and National Power.

David holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College London, is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

James Simpson
Non-Executive Director

James is a board director and one of the original founders of the company. He is a lawyer, registered in England and Ireland and a partner in a regional law firm. He has more than 25 years of practice, including being a partner in top 100 law firms in London and Oxford and working in-house with a global technology company.

 

His practice covers business law and legal risk management and he has worked with a range of businesses through all stages of development including 10 years working with Universities and University spin-outs. He is also a qualified GDPR practitioner and data protection officer, helping businesses manage their data protection risk and responsibilities.  

Peter Bachmann
Non-Executive Director

Peter is the Managing Director of the Sustainable Infrastructure division at the specialist asset manager, Gresham House plc (GHE:LN and £5.4bn in AUM). Prior to Gresham House, he led the investment and top quartile exit of the Environmental Capital Fund (ECF) for SEP, one of Europe’s most successful VC firms. He has over 20 years of public and private equity investment and funds management experience and has invested into and exited over 200 infrastructure and technology companies across all sectors with an equity value of over £1.5bn and capital value of cover £5.5bn.

 

Peter is also a judge and mentor of the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Accelerator and the CleanTech Challenge. Peter has owned his own development business and is a successful, active investor in early stage sustainability companies.