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51 year old male, married for 29 years with 2 grown up children , looking for Arable farm work in the East Anglia Region. I have been in Farming for 35 years. My key skills are in Cultivating, Drilling, Spraying ,potatoes,  combining and workshop work. i am trusty, reliable and hard working.

Qualifications and Experience
Relevant qualificationsCity and Guilds
Other qualifications

I have attended many courses for all types of equipment that i use and have recently done a day first aid training course. My qualifications are on work experience part of this page.

Equipment experienceTractor, Combine, PA1, PA2, Tracked machine, Telehandler/fork lift, Other harvesters, Ploughing, Drilling
Other equipment experience

I have driven tractors from 100hp up to 400hp on all different soil types. I have driven sprayers from 12m to 36m and have done all types of cultivating from min tillage to deep ploughing, I have driven a couple of different make of combines as well.

Livestock experienceNot listed
Other livestock experience


Type of farming wantedMainly Arable
Driving LicenseFull Car Licence, tractor
Personal information
First languageenglish
Other languages
Pen picture

im 51 , 5ft 11inches tall weigh about 14 stone, i have short brown/grey hair, blue eyes

Relevant health problems


Other Information

I'm 51 married with 2 children aged 18 and 21, i have been married 29 years and am very much a family man. I enjoying going out with friends either just to the pub or out for meals. I have a love of football which i share with my son, often us both going to watch the Arsenal play when we can. I have been in farming since leaving school and have a real passion for it, i enjoy my work and like to see things through till the end, i am willing to learn any new skills that i can.

Marital status

i am married and have been for 29 years

Where are you currently living?March / cambs
Do you have the right to work in the UK?Yes
Farming background

C.V. For Graham Lilley Personal Profile My name is Graham Lilley I am 50 and have been in farming since leaving school at the age of 16. I have been married to my wife for 29 years and we have 2 children together aged 20 and 23. Outside of work I enjoy football and follow Arsenal Football Club and also my local team, Peterborough. I also enjoying going out and socializing with friends either to the local pubs or fine restaurants. I also hold a FA coaching qualification for coaching in football and goalkeeping so help out at a club in March as and when I can. Education Burrowmoor School 1972- 1979 Hereward Comprehensive School 1979-1983 Wisbech College 1983-1985 Work 1985-1987 Johnsons Floods ferry This was my first main job, here I worked mainly just doing tractor and trailer work, I was at the farm until it was sold. 1987 - 1989 Robert Smith Farms, Chatteris; This is where I first started drilling being taught by one of the best and this is why my drilling now has to be perfection. I also started spraying here taking my PA1 and PA2A being one of the first in the area to do these tests. I also drove a dwarf French bean harvester. This farm was a 500 acre farm. 1989-1996 ADAS Ministry of Agricultural Farm, Mepal This was a 250 acre farm where again I carried out spraying and drilling duties also now using a potato harvester. This farm was used for mainly experiments so often the plot areas were small so precision was very important. I did a lot of workshop work here with potato and onion graders and farm machinery. I left here due my family expanding and more overtime was needed. 1996-2005 Maurice Crouch Growers, Three holes, Cambridge shire; This farm was a 2000 acre farm so very different from the small farm I had come from, but it was good to get back into commercial farming again. Here we grew a variety of crops including cereals, lettuces, flowers and onions. Again I drilled, sprayed, cultivated and harvested using a variety of equipment in different makes and models. This was very busy farm with things going on all year round. I was also in charge of students in busy times. Workshop work here included graders and cabbage lines as well rebuilding machines for the next season. 2005-July 2014 Lenton Brothers Brampton Here I was working on a farm where it is all cereals, I sprayed all of the crops and also drilled them, and my accuracy in drilling is often spoken of by other local farmers, although now with GPS on our main tractors the art of straight driving is going fast. I also helped with the harvesting driving a Case combine, but once harvest is well under way I then started with the cultivation side of the land. The farm was 3200 acres and was run by 2 brothers and I worked alongside them. I would work closely with the agronomist sorting out the programs for spraying and fertilizing. I was involved with the Hutchinson trials with black grass on the farm as it was the main trails site for Hutchinson. There was a lot of development with Cousins of Emneth as well; this is where the Cousins micro wing and min tillage cultivator came from. Here we did variable rate drilling, fertilizer spreading and spraying, the fields were SOYL mapped. I did all the workshop work here. July 2014- January Brecken Farms Yaxley In my job here I was a working farm manager, I was in charge of all machinery repairs, from assessing the problem to ordering parts and if not being able to repair ourselves to arranging for mechanics to come out and repair machinery. Any new machinery required I enquire for prices and arrange demonstration machines to come out, whilst working on a given budget. As a working manager I was still regularly spraying, harvesting, drilling etc. I was looking at storage and crop rotation with the owner. I was offered the job at the interview and see this as my job until I retired it was the perfect job and opportunity for me. I realize that I wasn’t there long but we just didn’t see eye to eye in the way the farm should be moving. I enjoy the new modern technical technics of farming but also respect the traditional methods of farming. January 2015 Mottram’s Farms All arable jobs on the farm including spraying, potato planting, drilling sugar beet, but this is a casual/full time filling in job, I did a lot of repairs in the workshop. September 2016- present Boston Crop Sprayers This is a job as a mobile and workshop engineer doing work from large sprayers to small electrical boxes and circuit boards, fault finding with electric testers, we rebuild pumps and make up hydraulic pipes we also fabricate one off machines it’s a job I enjoy but missing the farming side.. Here I also passed my City Guilds exam to become a sprayer NSTS tester. Recently I have applied for a couple of farm business tenancies with the council and private renting so I do understand the business and finance side as well as the agrimony and husbandry side, so a step into management or assistant wouldn’t be that hard for me, I have taken charge of students and dealt with farmers, reps and storage all of my career. Test council Certificates I hold;  Power cultivation  Forklift truck  Machinery Maintenance  PA1 and PA2A  City of Guilds Phase one Courses I have attended;  Potato harvester  Drill Practice  Seed Drilling  Hedge and Grass Cutting  Weather Forecasting  Brushwood Cutting  Tyre care and Traction  Safe use of pesticides  Micro granular Applicators  Icm/Farm assured for Farm workers  Food Hygiene  Fertilizer Spreaders calibration  Granular applicators  Hand held Sprayers PA6  Chainsaw/Basic felling  Emergency First Aid  Noroso Member Key Skills  Drilling- I have been drilling now for many years, while working on the experimental farm precision was a main element of the job , my drilling is very often commented on by other farmers for being very straight and neat. I have used various drills throughout the years such as Vaderstad , Amazone and Sumo. As well as sugar beet drilling and onions,  Spraying/Fertilizer- Spraying has been my main job in my last few jobs; I am very cautious when spraying and follow all guidelines appropriately. At present I drive a houseman self-propelled sprayer with auto shut off and variable rate as well as mapping but have also used trailer sprayers. I have been a NOROSO member for 5 years now.  Cultivation- I have done this most of my working life again using different cultivators such as Vader tad, Sumo, Cousins, and Simba. With many tractors used to pull them, John Deere, Case, Massey Fergusson, Challenger and Claas  Harvesting - Combining is a job I have done a fair bit of, more of the time being in the job I am in at present, I also am very involved in the setting up of the combine, again driving several ones including, New Holland, Case, John Deere and Massey Fergusson. I have harvested potatoes with Standen and Grimme harvesters as well as sugar beet harvesting with Standen and Moreau.  I am a very confident person in my job, I have worked with gangs in the fields as also with students, and I excel in the workshop throughout the winter and have made several things over the years to help my employers out of situations. I service all our tractors and maintain all equipment throughout winter months. I have also fitted auto section controller to a sprayer and auto greaser to farm machines. I understand hydraulics, pneumatics, pumps, gearboxes and air compressors; I have worked in the food industry for repairs and faultfinding. As well as in the agriculture sector workshops for years. Email Phone 07852343745 Can this be treated in the strictest of confidence please.


I enjoy going to football coaching and watching , visiting family and going out for drinks or meals.

AvailabilityStart: 20/05/2018, Finish: Not Specified
Type of jobPermanent
Preferred regionAnywhere
Where would you like to work?east anglia
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