Mr. Richard Ngeny served at Eastern produce from 2001-2012 that saw him rise through various positions; starting from Agricultural trainee Manager (2001-2002), an Assistant Factory Manager (2003-2007), Divisional Manager (2007-2009) Divisional Manager (out-grower division) 2009-2012 guiding a network of over 7,500 farmers , preparing policies budget and expenditure, promoting adoption of green energy sources and overseeing legal requirements and certifications standards. He later joined Karen roses limited as an assistant General Manager (Administration, Environment, Health and Safety and social standards) 2014-2018, Reviewing and implementing company policies: 1200 employees, production capacity of 90 million cut flowers annually, Creating corporate linkage with relevant government departments, community, external auditors, customers and workers, in 2018 to 2020 he joined Fairtrade Africa Company Ltd as Flower Manager (Eastern & Central Africa Region ; Representing FTA in Global Flower Working Group meetings focusing on sector risks & mitigation, updating global team on flower production (varieties, availabilities, new products, budget utilization (expenditure vs income) among other certification Participating requirements. in Global Flower Trade Fairs & Exhibitions for market information intelligence gathering and sharing global flower market trends.
He has over seventeen professional proficiency and over 5 external appointments
The Municipal Manager serves as the secretary to the board.
- To Date
- Currently PhD
- Master of Philosophy in Environmental Studies – (Environmental health) Moi University
- 1990 –1995
Bachelor of Science Degree (Wood Science & Technology-Moi Universit.
- 1999 – 2000
Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Nairobi – (Certificate course in Computer Information Management)
June – July 1999
Post Graduate Certificate (Environmental Impact Assessment)
Diversity of Expereince
2001 – 2002
Eastern Produce Kenya Ltd.
Position – Agricultural Trainee Manager
- Learning company policies, operations, marketing dynamics, strategic organizational planning, implementing labor productivity, appreciating production cost elements, operationalizing certification scheme – H&S, environmental, quality manuals etc.
2003 – 2007
Eastern Produce Kenya Ltd.
Position – Assistant Factory Manager
- Tea processing – CTC /CFU technology, Fluid bed drying, automated sorting & grading systems
- Labor management and productivity monitoring,
- Budget preparation, implement, monitor and control
- Policy implementation and review
- Market intelligence information gathering and dissemination.
- Sustaining product quality systems (clonal selection, critical quality control points, regular tea tasting, packaging and documentation)
- Establishing sustainable compliance & safety systems – H&S, legal requirements, certification standards etc
2007 – 2009
Eastern Produce Kenya Ltd.
Position – Divisional Manager
- Policy development & implementation,
- Budgeting and cost monitoring,
- Labor and machinery output optimization ,
- Managing production unit covering 250 Ha with workforce of 600 people using Quality
- Management systems
- Environmental & social compliance – H&S, certification audits, HACCP, EMS, ISO and GAP.
- Embracing energy saving technologies (Biomass utilization, composting, solar systems, water recycling among others)
- Clonal and soil testing systems in liaison with research & extension entities such as TRFK.
- Participate in selection of applicable farm input (Fertilizers, herbicides) and ensure safe storage & application.
- Sustainable growing of tea plantation and wood lots with considerations on environmental integrity.
2009 – 2012
Eastern Produce Kenya Ltd.
Position –Divisional Manager, (Out-grower Division)
- Guiding network of 7,500 tea farmers on crop husbandry activities & livelihood improvement mechanisms via sustainable agricultural practices
- Leading a team of 5 extension managers, 20 TOTs and coordinating leaf transport fleet across tea collection catchment
- Developing training and quality manuals,
- Preparing and reviewing policies, budget and expenditure.
- Setting and implementing CSR policies,
- Leading certification and compliance processes (ISO 9001:2008, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and HACCP to guarantee sustainable production systems and market compliance of products),
- Responsible for quantity and quality of tea delivered to processing factories under meticulous traceability system.
- Coordinating implementation of climate change adaptation and resilience programmes among small scale holders – agro-forestry & sustainable agricultural practices.
- Organize, mobilize and champion purchase of 600 ha tea plantation & factory by small tea holders and ultimately led to livelihood improvement among producers.
- Promoting adoption of green energy sources (energy saving Jikos, solar lighting systems, afforestation and agro-forestry initiatives)
June 2014 – May 2018
Karen Roses Ltd
Position – Assistant GM (Administration, Environment, Health & Safety & Social Standards).
- Reviewing and implementing company policies: 1200 employees, production capacity of 90 million cut flowers annually cultivated on 70 Ha under GH establishment,
- Implementing global certification standards (Fairtrade, MPS, ETI, BOPP, LEAF) and reviewing corrective measures with a view of achieving continual improvement,
- Developing Company training programmes: (H&S, HACCP, QMS, EMS, First aid, Safe & effective use of pesticides & evaluating system effectiveness).
- Representing the organization in strategic business conferences and meetings,
- Reporting to Board of directors on risk management aspects, CSR projects & budget utilization, environmental development initiatives, legal & global accreditation compliance levels,
- Creating corporate linkage with relevant government departments, community, external auditors, customers and workers,
- Carrying out company’s regular internal audits to ascertain level of compliance and establish corrective measures from time to time
- Developing departmental annual budget, monitor expenditure and reviewing effectiveness of cost control measures.
- Responsible for coordinating & writing reports (Fairtrade & CSR project reports)
- Promoting green energy systems – installation of 250 KWH solar system plant, initiated afforestation program whereby 5,000 trees were planted annually, promoted cable flower transport system to minimize use of fossil fuel, initiated an environmentally friendly wastewater treatment system (constructed wetland with a capacity of handling 50 m3 of effluent on daily basis using bio-filtration technology)
May 2018 – May 2020
Fairtrade Africa Company Ltd.
Position – Flower Manager (Eastern & Central Africa Region).
- Coordinating implementation & development of Fairtrade Flowers strategy to achieve supply chain market requirements and improve collaboration with producers under Flower Enhancement project.
- Leading team of seven management staff supporting 60 Fairtrade certified flower producers in Eastern & Central Africa based on set KPIs, policy procedures & budget.
- Monitoring implementation of Fairtrade certification standard in 60 flower farms for the benefit of 51,000 workers via prudent premium management, monitoring premium projects & impact Reviewing audit non-conformities of flower producers and formulating training programme to address producer challenges based on needs assessment (premium use, Gender, wages, working conditions etc),
- Representing FTA in Global Flower Working Group meetings focusing on sector risks & mitigation, updating global team on flower production (varieties, availabilities, new products, budget utilization (expenditure vs income) among other certification
- Participating requirements. in Global Flower Trade Fairs & Exhibitions for market information intelligence gathering and sharing global flower market trends
- Reporting to donors & FTA leadership on budget utilization (Euro 410,000), evaluating project milestones as per work plans and documenting lessons learned.
- Carrying out Advocacy work with relevant intergovernmental departments, certification body (Flocert), customers, retailers, producers and workers.
- Conducting mock audits to ascertain Fairtrade standard sustainable compliance and establishing inherent sector challenges to inform subsequent intervention strategies.