Marie Stephenson, Sales Manager – North Regional Sales (Ruminant)

Tell us a little about your background, how long have you been with ForFarmers?

I’ve been with ForFarmers for about five and a half years, joining the company as a Senior Account Manager before working my way up to my current role of Sales Manager. In this role I’m responsible for managing a team of six, who cover the medium to large dairy sector in the north.

I started working in the industry 25 years ago after finishing my degree in Agriculture and Animal Nutrition and followed in my dad’s footsteps by taking on a sales role. Over the years I’ve had numerous roles in sales and nutrition, and I’ve built up quite a lot of experience. It’s great to now be in a role where I can share this knowledge with my team to support them and help them develop. Helping others thrive in their role is definitely where my heart lies now.

What do you like about working at ForFarmers?

Afbeelding: Marie Stephenson selfie

I’ve always been so impressed by the ForFarmers way of doing things; in particular, the structure and systems which are in place, and how they allow us to support our customers. This means that we are able to offer solutions which offer real value to our farmers, while also helping them reach their production and profitability goals.

We are always striving for the best, and not just focusing on a small lift in litres or modest improvements. Instead, we are able to offer our customers the total package which can help take their business forward. This is what makes us different as a business and sets us out from the crowd.

What is your favourite part of the role?

The team is definitely one of the best bits of my role. It’s great to work with such committed colleagues who share the same vision and want to achieve the best for our customers. The camaraderie between the team has really built over the last year, and it’s been really rewarding seeing them flourish in their roles as a result.

The variety that comes with the role also really suits me – one day I can be running a meeting with the regional team and the next I can be out on farm supporting one of my team members or popping to the mill. I’ve got an active mind which needs to be occupied and so although stepping into this role was a challenge, it’s one I’ve really relished and enjoyed.

What about life outside work?

I’m full of energy so I’m up most mornings at six and straight in the gym. I love to push myself, so I’ve run a couple of marathons for a charity close to my heart called Kidneys for Life. I’ve also got a family which keeps me busy, including my two children Alexis (13) and John (12) who could not be more different. It’s given me an appreciation for the importance of diversity and how to get the most out of it when you’re managing a team!

Afbeelding: Marie Stephenson marathon
Post marathon celebrations

At the moment I’m also training for the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge alongside a number of colleagues in memory of our late team member Keith Colley. It was such a shock to lose Keith last December and it’s been really tough for the whole team. Taking on this challenge has been a good way for us to come together while also raising money for the British Heart Foundation and FCN.

Marie Stephenson & family
Marie & family
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Training for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge