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CPM appoints Consultant Editor

By 14th September 2021July 27th, 2023No Comments

Well-known Sussex-based arable journalist and editor, Charles Abel, has recently been appointed as Consultant Editor of CPM, commencing on 4th Oct.

CPM remains the UK’s best-read arable technical journal, reaching around 9000 arable farmers and farm managers, in addition to c.1400 agronomists via its print and digital channels.

CPM Publisher, Steve Kendall said: “We’re delighted to welcome Charles on board as Consultant Editor of CPM as we continue to evolve and grow the CPM brand across print, digital and events. The experience and knowledge Charles brings to the title, both in terms of his editorial understanding and extensive market knowledge, will be fundamental in shaping and developing the on-going development of the brand whilst ensuring that the very high editorial standard continues to be maintained.”

CPM Commercial Director, Angus McKirdy said: “I’m thrilled and excited to confirm Charles as our new Consultant Editor. With more than three decades of writing and editing experience within the arable sector, Charles is arguably the most experienced operator in the business. I’m confident that his insight, energy and dynamism will act as a catalyst for CPM to reach even greater heights in future editions.”

Incoming CPM Consultant Editor, Charles Abel said: “I am delighted to be joining CPM, it’s such a great, practical magazine, with a talented team of journalists producing really top quality arable information in partnership with the industry,” he says.

“Crop production has always been my greatest passion, throughout my career as a writer and editor at Farmers Weekly and Crops, and more recently whilst working in PR, marketing and message management. It’s a dream come true to be working with Angus and Kelsey Media, as they invest in UK farming’s top arable title. We have lots planned – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Charles cut his teeth writing YFC reports for Lincolnshire Echo, then freelancing for English Farmer, before securing a BSc in Agricultural Botany and joining Farmers Weekly, where he became Arable Editor, Editor of Crops and finally Group Head of Content.

“I’ve always been passionate about sharing information with readers in the most interesting way possible. That’s exactly what CPM does – so this appointment really is a perfect fit. Ensuring readers have the best information, presented clearly and concisely, is my focus. I look forward to working with the whole industry to achieve that.”

In recent years, Charles has helped FTSE 100 companies with message management and media skills, edited Farmers Club Journal, the Cereals Event Guide and Tillage magazine, and provided marketing consultancy and PR support for a number of arable organisations.

Raised in Lincolnshire he is a dab hand at picking potatoes, pulling wild oats and assessing variety trials. The family business, Abel Ag-Tech Ltd, has been involved in agricultural marketing, crop protection and farm machinery for over 40 years.

Charles lives at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex with wife Julie, youngest son Samuel, who starts at Brinsbury agricultural college this autumn, plus working cocker spaniel Reuben. Eldest son, Daniel, is a digital marketing manager in arable agriculture based in Wisbech, while middle son William is a data analyst in Surrey.

Any client wishing to submit an editorial idea or suggestion should email editor@cpm-

Please contact Angus McKirdy for more information