Our Team

Dr. Steven Rothwell

Executive Advisor

Dr. Steve Rothwell serves the B&W Quality Growers team as an Executive Advisor and a leading expert in the watercress and baby leaf business with over 35 years in this industry.

Dr. Rothwell earned his Ph.D. in nutritional and environmental physiology of watercress. He joined Vitacress in 1983 and remained with the company until his retirement in 2014. Dr. Rothwell was actively involved in all facets of the business and helped grow the company from $3 million to $50 million in sales. In addition, he’s been a significant contributor to over 20 research programs centered on crop sustainability, food safety, and the nutritional value of watercress, including anticancer properties.

Dr. Rothwell sits on numerous boards, including the University of Southampton Biological Sciences external advisory board, the Vice Chair of NFU Watercress Growers Association, and the Technical Advisory Panel to Conservation Grade Farming.

He has published numerous articles on watercress and appeared in several interviews on the BBC.

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