About us

Our team members

Sebastien Mallet

Analyst/Consultant and CEO

Sebastien is CEO of ODA. Before dedicating his ag market experience to farmers, Sebastien worked as a trader for Cargill, Louis Dreyfus in both Europe and Argentina. In addition he managed logistics, sales and risk for large scale agroholdings in both Ukraine and Argentina. For the last 8 years he has worked for farmers to raise their market knowledge and sales strategies to lower their risk and improve their revenues.

Gary Phillips

Consultant

Gary is Country Manager of ODA. His experience has embraced many different aspects of Agriculture, including the arable business of RHM Agriculture as well as senior technical, commercial and managerial roles within Bayer. During the last 5+ years he has been working for and with farmers to raise their market knowledge, manage risk and guide sales strategies.

Jeremy Higgs

Consultant

Jeremy is an experienced consultant and farm manager (UK and overseas), with a background of leading teams in a multitude of roles. He joined ODA in 2015 to support UK farm businesses with price risk management and grain marketing advice. Working with farmers, ODA group members and consultancy clients in England, Scotland & Wales, Jeremy also has responsibilities for on-boarding new members.

Rupert Somerscales

Analyst/Consultant

Rupert is an experienced analyst and consultant.  The bulk of his agricultural professional experience has been involved with farming, plant breeding, economics, analysis, data management along with trading, both in the cash and futures markets. He is currently the lead risk management trainer in ODA and is also responsible for analysing and writing about current market developments, with a view to improving strategy outcomes.

Rebecca McKenzie

Accounting/Administration

Rebecca has been working with ODA as their support in administration and finance since 2011. She is a Fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and is currently studying for her accountancy qualification in the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy. Rebecca is also in charge of the client invoicing and payment process.